Sonic Fear

The Music of Adam Reifsteck

About

Adam Reifsteck is an American composer, producer, and curator of new music. Whether producing electronic music or performing improvised group compositions on Wi-Fi-connected laptops, Reifsteck creates dynamic, futuristic sound worlds and brings new audiences to classical music.

The desire to express the collective human experience in musical form is central to the creative philosophy of Reifsteck whose collaborators range from classical string quartets and university choirs to visual and electronic artists. He embraces improvisatory approaches to composition that go beyond the notes on the page to connect the performers with the listeners on a deeper sensory level and believes in creating accessible concert experiences that resonate with diverse audiences.

Recipient of grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, and the Kalamazoo (MI) Community Foundation, his genre-bending compositions have been performed by the Attacca Quartet, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, Duquesne University Chamber Singers, Flutronix, Gaudete Brass Quintet, Mana Saxophone Quartet, Western Michigan University Chorale, and other ensembles. Reifsteck is currently working on a new clarinet quartet commissioned by the Chicago Clarinet Ensemble.

Drawing upon his music technology background, Reifsteck is also an active recording engineer and producer whose studio alias and recording label SONIC FEAR has become synonymous with lush, imaginative electronic music–from dance floor ready tracks to downtempo meditations–that transports listeners to an exciting digital realm. In 2015 he will release a new SONIC FEAR EP; the studio recording FRAGMENTED FRACTALS; as well as an interactive iPhone app that engages listeners on both audio and visual levels.

Reifsteck holds a M.M. from Western Michigan University and a B.M. from Duquesne University. A New York City resident, Reifsteck is a member of Broadcast Music, Inc. and the Manhattan Producers Alliance.