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).
A preoccupation with the inhabiting of thresholds — 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 interested in 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)