Christopher Dylan Bailey


"...a truly original voice in new music" -- Fouter & Swick

  1. November 10, 2014: Composition for Shitty Piano, Drum Samples, Concrete Sounds and Processing performed at Circuit Bridges @ Stony Brook University with Shiau-Uen Ding on the piano.

  2. October 26, 2014: A number of works, including the new Empty Theatre, Quasi-concerto for Piano and String Orchestra, Arc of Infinity for guitar and "tape", the acousmatic Harvest Kitchen, the delightful Stuffed Ones, and the Composition for Shitty Piano, Drum Samples, Concrete Sounds and Processing, were performed at the SINUS TON festival in Magdeburg, Germany, featuring Shiau-Uen Ding on the piano. Here is a recording of the "Quasi-Concerto".

  3. October 21, 2014: Composition for Shitty Piano, Drum Samples, Concrete Sounds and Processing performed at The Block's "Strings. Electronics. Soup" in Muskegon, MI.

  4. April 28 2014: Composition for S#|^^y Piano, Processing, Drum Samples, and Concrete Sounds was performed at the SEAMUS festival/conference featuring Shiau-Uen Ding on the S|#TT[^y Piano.

  5. My recent album Immolation Ritual on the Innova Records label. The album features 8 tracks with stunning performances of pieces new and old. (Click on the titles that follow to hear excerpts.) (The album can be purchased from the Innova site. Wider availability, including iTunes, NAXOS, Amazon, etc., as of October 26, 2010.)

I try to mostly write pieces for specific performers who will play them. But occasionally I stray from the practical into a land of visionary possibility, and write things without knowing who will play them. Here are some recent pieces that I'm looking for performers for:
  1. Dream Mornings. This is a vibrant orchestra piece, not too hard, though for a big ensemble (I think it's arrangeable for a smaller one if that would interest you).
  2. Mask of Mandragora for 3 percussion. Lots o' textures and colors. Setup and score.

In 2007, I released an album of piano music, featuring my works Balladei and Sonata, fantastically performed by Shiau-Uen Ding, and Jacob Rhodebeck. You can purchase it here.

In 2005, I was part of a competition in Korea, and was asked to talk about my work Timelash, that talk is now online.

Long ago (2002-2004) the Electric Music Collective released two albums, Incandescence, which features my works Ow, My Head and Duude, (purchase it here), and Defiant, which features my works Ooogaah: Dungeony Specimen Spaceship, and Conceptual Study, and is also available for purchase from

If you'd like to chat, drop an e-mail to chris @@a@t@ music.columbia_ddott_edu. (Ye who are not spam-bots, translate that appropriately. . .)