Composer/guitarist Jay Derderian’s (b.1986) body of work has developed into a diverse and eclectic sound world, and to date has compiled a catalog of compositions that includes chamber music, electronic and electro-acoustic works, solos, and symphonic pieces.
A native of the Pacific Northwest and an abettor of the power and inherent accessibility of music, Jay’s music is written under the contention that the deepest structures, relationships, and mysteries of sound/music and the world around us are not mutually exclusive. His music aims to unite (at times) seemingly contradictory ideas, forms, and concepts woven within a musical language that endeavors to blur the frame that surrounds the picture. Jay cites his influences as John Corigliano, Tan Dun, Aaron Jay Kernis, Witold Lutoslawski, and Claude Debussy among others.
Jay completed his undergraduate work in composition at Portland State University where he studied with Dr. Brad Hansen and Dr. Bonnie Miksch. Jay recently completed his Masters of Science in Music at PSU (graduating cum laude), during which he studied composition with renowned composer Bryan Johanson.
Jay’s music has been performed all over Oregon. He has received commissions from Third Angle New Music Ensemble, The Contemporary Portland Orchestra Project (CPOP), Bus Stop Opera, and collaborated with New York-based artist Scott Wayne Indiana on the “album in a day” project, where a full length CD of 12 tracks was written, rehearsed and recorded in 8 hours, all using musicians who have never met or played with each other before.
Jay’s music has been performed by Cascadia Composers, The Third Angle New Music Ensemble, Portland New Music Society, CPOP, Bus Stop Opera, Portland Classical Revolution, Portland State New Music Ensemble, and has had his music featured in the Monmouth New Music festival, Portland International Piano Festival, March Music Moderne, the College Music Society, and the Think Lincoln Concert Series.
He is actively involved in a number of new music groups in Portland and has recently joined the governing board of Cascadia Composers.