PETE M. WYER is a composer and musician from England with an interest in storytelling and innovation. As a guitarist he has performed with the Orchestra of the Swan, Asphalt Orchestra, shakuhachi player Ralph Samuelson and pianist Matthew Shipp. He has created seven operas and music theatre works as well as scores for the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Juilliard and Royal Opera House, as well as developed a system for guided improvisation called ‘Time Structured Mapping’ and is continuing to develop a scoring system for spatialised instrumental music which is used in his immersive sound works, such as the upcoming ‘Song of the Human’ (2016) and ‘I Walk Towards Myself’ (2017).
Pete was the composer and Musical Director for the dazzling and historic 175th anniversary of Cunard in Liverpool which took place May 2015 and drew crowds in excess of 60,000. The year also includes a residency at Arizona State University creating a new work with Professor Arthur Sabatini on Black Journals/Mapping Time and presenting a paper at the Balance/Unbalance Conference for arts, since and technology.
His innovative performances include the Manhattan-wide And Death Shall Have No Dominion, a setting of Dylan Thomas for the centenary of his birth performed in 2014 by a synchronised headphone choir distributed across Manhattan and synchronised via an app on smartphones and tablets. The Colour Project’s animated film The Butterfly Effect, created for the Chelsea Flower Show and scored by Pete, won a silver medal at the event, the first time an award has been given to a presentation other than for plants or flowers. His opera ‘Gut’ was performed as work in progress at the Tete a Tete Opera Festival, London, featuring baritone Adam Green.
His song for the Olympic Torch Ceremony in Coventry, with lyrics by Nick Walker, ’Out Of The Flame’ was performed to an audience of 20,000 on July 1st 2012. His one hour song cycle of poems by Charles Simic ‘The Invisible’ premiered at Roulette, Brooklyn on May 29th 2012 featuring Tom Buckner, baritone, Matthew Shipp, piano, Ralph Samuelson, shakuhachi, Kevin Norton, percussion with Pete playing classical guitar, synth and electronics. In 2011 he completed a four week Fellowship in Bogliasco, Italy, awarded by the Liguria Study Centre.
His opera-in-development Numinous City was presented by American Opera Projects and performed at the Rubin Museum, New York in November 2011. http://www.gwarlingo.com/2011/peter-wyer-numinous-city/. In February 2011 he received a ‘Best Composer’ award for his orchestral score The Far Shore, at the Fringe Report awards.
Pete is strongly drawn to storytelling and to innovative approaches that enable combinations of improvisation with scored music, electronics, found sounds and site-specific works. This has led to the creation of albums such as Stories From The City At Night for Thirsty Ear Records, operas and operatic works such as Cremenville, Numinous City, Johnny’s Midnight Goggles, 57 Hours In The House Of Culture and many others.
For detail, videos, and sound samples from Pete’s many additional works in the worlds of theatre, opera, dance, concerts, and unique live performance, please visit his website:
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