WIL SMITH is a composer and performer based in Brooklyn. He received his masters degree in composition from the Manhattan School of Music in 2005, where he studied with Julia Wolfe. His work spans traditional and popular styles, integrating electronics, theatrics, and improvisation. Smith’s music has been performed in venues across the US, including REDCAT Theatre in LA with the California Ear Unit, MATA Interval series in Brooklyn, The Wulf in downtown LA, New Directions Cello Festival in Ithaca, and Bang On A Can summer music festival at MassMOCA. As music director for the award winning radio series “Stories in the Air” Wil’s music aired throughout the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Slovenia. Wil’s taste for unusual sounds and instrumentation has brought Wil to write for several unique ensembles, including electric guitar quartet, Uzbeki traditional instruments, and bluegrass band.
He has played keyboards with a variety of New Amsterdam recording artists, including Matt Marks on his nihilist pop-opera The Little Death Vol. 1, Victoire, and composer/vocalist Corey Dargel on a new project called “Hold Yourself Together.” He also regularly performs jazz, gospel, classical, and improvised music on piano and organ. Smith is organist at First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn Heights, where he curates a new music series called “Music at First.”
Smith’s piece “Static Line” is featured on Jody Redhage’s 2011 release, of minutiae and memory. The piece was written for her and the New Directions Cello Festival in 2009 and was debuted in Ithaca, NY by “as many cellos as possible.” The album track features “as many Jody’s as possible,” with her cello multi-tracked 36 times.