Todd Reynolds, violinist and composer, is known as one of the founding fathers of the hybrid-musician movement and one of the most active and versatile proponents of what he calls ‘present music’, a fixture on the New York music scene for 25 years. The violinist of choice for Steve Reich, Meredith Monk, Bang on a Can, and a founder of the string quartet known as Ethel, his compositional and performance style is a hybrid of old and new technology, multi-disciplinary aesthetic and pan-genre composition and improvisation. Reynolds’ music has been called “a charming, multi-mood extravaganza, playful like Milhaud, but hard-edged like Hendrix” (Strings Magazine), and his countless premieres and performances of everything from classical music to Jazz to Rock‘n’Roll redefine the concert hall and underground club as undeniably and unavoidably intertwined.
His film credits include an ongoing collaboration with filmmaker Bill Morrison, including Outerborough, a silent film; the score for a short film, Red Tulips, by filmmaker Shanti Thakur; the feature-length documentary, These Birds Walk, by Bassam Tariq and Omar Mullick, which debuted at SXSW and had its theatrical release in 2013 under Oscilloscope at BAM, New York City; and the soon to be released feature-length documentary Hardface, by Mark Hood. His scoring work extends to the world of theater and dance, including projects such as Lucid Possession with filmmaker and installation artist Toni Dove, a self-professed three-dimensional surround-sound ‘geek opera’, and site specific works by choreographer Stephan Koplowitz, one of which comes to Maine’s own Bates Dance Festival this July.
A recording artist, technologist and producer with laptop and guitar rigs in tow, in 2011 he released his homemade double CD set, Outerborough on Innova Recordings, acclaimed by both Amazon and NPR as “Best in Classical” for 2011. A veritable epic tour de force, the two record set features InSide, a collection of his own music, paired with OutSide, music written by a veritable who’s who of contemporary composers gathered from the New York scene.
He is one of the very first practitioners to which Walter Thompson gave his Soundpainting language, which, similar to Butch Morris’ Conduction work, is a sculpting, creative, gestural language used to create real-time composition across disciplines. As a dedicated and committed educator, Reynolds mentors students and teaches his own unique blend of technology, creative expression and entrepreneurship through individual courses and as part of Bang on a Can and the Underground Producers Alliance (UPA). He brings his cutting-edge approach officially to venerable academic institutions such as the Manhattan School of Music where he has served as Associate Chair of their Contemporary Performance Program (CPP), as special faculty at Mannes at The New School, to the Bang on a Can Summer Institute and in higher education residencies across the nation.