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Randy Wells (b. 1992) began composing art music in 2012 after teaching himself keyboard and music theory during a winter of self-imposed exile after leaving a university science program. By 2013, he had finished his first compositions that were worth being cataloged, Coney Island Suite and a few guitar pieces.
Randy’s music represents a continuation of the aesthetic philosophy of the Romantic era, and is characterized by emotional sensitivity and intensity, grandiose tendencies, and heavy influence of extra-musical ideas. Among his influences, Randy counts Mahler, Scriabin, Berg, and Shostakovich.
Randy’s most recent projects include a string of electronic short film scores in collaboration with director Mason Greer, and a sensuous work for piano trio.
In the past two years, Randy has had the pleasure of working with such luminaries as the Fifth House Ensemble and Jake Heggie; his art song Rose-Cheek’d Laura was offered a guest slot on a concert of Mr. Heggie’s works. He has also overseen the premieres of eleven of his “serious” works, the most recent of which was 10:45 Augustin Trébuchon, a work that evokes the horrors of trench warfare, with its haunting melodies, unsettling chords, and explosions of violence.
Randy enjoys playing guitar, piano, and organ, and is also an enthusiastic member of the UNI Varsity Men's Glee Club. Randy studies music composition at the University of Northern Iowa under Dr. Jonathan Schwabe. When not in front of a musical instrument, he can generally be found at the library, enjoying classic literature or reading up on the sciences (another source of musical inspiration).