Clifton Ingram is a Boston-based composer and performer (Rested Field). 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, hastily decanted surfaces, the expression of a (unreliable) narrator. He has written music for pianist Andy Costello, pianist/composer Marti Epstein, clarinetist Chuck Furlong, cellist Steve Marotto, percussionist Matt Sharrock, Castle of our Skins, Equilibrium Ensemble, Joint Venture Percussion Duo, Ludovico Ensemble, Music of Reality, 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).
A preoccupation with the inhabiting of thresholds — a waking dream. I prefer my work to operate with an oneiric logic, dissipating when questioned, eluding when investigated. A desire for the work to be irreducible in performance. Intimate or private forces projected into public space (and vice versa). A questioning of imbricated modes of expression, a ceasless layering. Scores (unrealized music) that occupy a middle ground, that lay in wait for performers. The in-folding of the ekphratic, music as translation.