Clifton Ingram is a Boston-based composer​ and ​performer (Rested Field, guitar/electronics). His music aims to approach and retreat from itself along the fault lines of the musical and extra-musical  hidden objects, delicate obstinance, self-devouring ornamentation (self-replication/mutation), hastily decanted surfaces  the expression of an unreliable narrator. He has written music for pianist Andy Costello, pianist/composer Marti Epstein, clarinetist Chuck Furlong, cellist Steve Marotto, vocalist Joshua Scheid, percussionist Matt Sharrock, Castle of our Skins, Equilibrium Ensemble, Joint Venture Percussion Duo, Ludovico Ensemble,​ Music of Reality, Rested Field, and Transient Canvas. He holds a MM in Composition from The Boston Conservatory, where ​he studied under the tutelage of Jan Swafford and Andy Vores. His music has been released by Experimental Sound Studio (OSCILLATIONS 2016 Mixtape | Chicago IL) and Dismissive Records (Four Instrumentals, 2015 | Denver CO).

artist statement   

Distracted, music as a waking dream. Visceral yet fragile, I prefer my work to operate with an oneiric logic: dissipating when questioned, eluding when investigated. I am driven by a desire for the work to be irreducible. Relying upon a rhetoric in which sound is treated as object, my work centers itself around exploring the social implications of its structures. I am interested in music as a mapping of private forces onto a public space (and/or vice versa), experiences shaped by dynamics between composer, performer, and audience alike. In that I am more drawn to historiography than history, I am preoccupied with processes of imbrication and excessive layering when writing, and thereby how reading/writing are used to conceal/reveal lines of power. What I desire to make are scores (unrealized music) that knowingly occupy a middle ground, that lay in wait for performers like a found object. The stressed infolding of the ekphratic, from one medium to the next  music as translation, both lost and found, a kind of distance.

photo credit  Dan Mohr
OSCILLATIONS 2016 @ Experimental Sound Studio (Chicago IL | Nov 12, 2016)