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Kind regards, Arend Gerds
Versatility and diversity characterize the creative mind of Arend Gerds, who composes from a contemporary perspective for a variety of instrumentations. Gerds' experience in the field of contemporary music and his musical roots in the Dutch wind music scene create a typical and recognizable sound in his work: from energetic lines and colors to an audible affinity with chorale-like music. He also became specialized in music technology during his master's degree in composition. As a teacher he is connected to the ArtEZ conservatory in Zwolle, where he is music theory lecturer. As a conductor he is active in several wind orchestras..
From 2007 to 2013 Arend Gerds (Groningen, November 4, 1987) studied at the ArtEZ Conservatory with Alex Manassen (NL) and Montclair State University (USA) with V.J. Manzo, Robert Aldridge, and Ting Ho where he obtained a bachelor's and master's degree in composition.
During his master's degree, he specialized in music technology and programming audio software using the program Max Msp. This resulted in the master thesis Maximized and the program 'Spectrum': a program which generates music on the basis of probability.
As a composer, Arend Gerds shows affinity with both contemporary composing techniques and more traditional writing styles, both of which recur in a blended form in his own sound idiom and music.
Recently he wrote compositions for Stichting Ivak, the North-Netherlands Saxophone Quartet, Gronings Vuur, the KNMO, Fonds Podiumkunsten, the Ad Hoc vacation orchestra, Koperguod, Zomerorkest Nederland and others.
His music is published under the label AG Music Press (sheet music) and arendgerds.net (audio) and is distributed by Sonolize, AM Music and BVT Music. Compositions composed before 2020 are published by Donemus, Tower Editions and AM Music.
He currently works as an autonomous composer, conductor and teacher, including at the ArtEZ Conservatory, where he teaches music theory in the departments of Classical, Jazz&Pop and Docent muziek op maat.