Curt Sydnor (CS) is a composer and keyboardist recently relocated Richmond, VA from NYC where he was a teacher at Third Street Music Settlement for seven years. He recently premiered Cemetery City, a new work for piano and synthesizer dedicated to Lynchburg's Old City Cemetery. His solo project Materials and their Destiny is a jazz multimedia suite inspired by architect Louis Sullivan's System of Architectural Ornament. The work was premiered at the Dimenna Center and in May 2013 as part of the SoundCircuitNYC music series and was released as an album by ears&eyes records in September 2015. In 2014 he composed the soundtrack for a series of interviews with author Jared Diamond for Seven Stories Press. CS plays keyboards in a variety of NYC based groups which include bands led by Mirah, Yonatan Gat, and the late Janka Nabay. CS recently gave the US premier of a new large piano work by Greg Saunier on the Drawing Sound series. Before moving to NYC in 2011 CS co-led the Chicago-based septet Disassembly. In 2010 he received a Downbeat Student Award for his arrangement of Deerhoof's “Spirit Ditties of No Tone." From 2012-2014 he was a member of BMI's Jazz Composers Workshop. CS studied piano and composition at the Russian Academy of Music, Indiana University, and Vanderbilt.

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