Bryan Michael Wysocki
(b. 1995) is an Atlanta-based composer and percussionist who creates music that interacts with, and is adjacent to, other creative disciplines, such as poetry and prose, theatre, and the myriad visual arts. He is a multi-faceted musician that is comfortable performing theatrical shows for children, recording percussion tracks for indie bands, teaching educational music for the marching arts, constructing fully-interactive installation pieces, discussing multiple styles of non-western art music, and creating pieces of music that provide a framework for performers to tell their own stories.
As a composer, he aims to build music that encourages the audience to enter into the performance while actively listening, and simultaneously engages the performers to intuitively and intentionally make decisions in the moment. By writing music that speaks simply to both the performers and listeners, his music is often able to be appreciated and enjoyed by trained musicians and first-time listeners. Recently, he has worked with ensembles such as the JACK Quartet, the Flux Quartet, Roomful of Teeth, Yarn/Wire, and the Pique Collective; and his music has been performed in venues such as the Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the Boston Conservatory, the Bruno Maderna Conservatorio in Cesena, Italy, the Florence Kopleff Recital Hall at Georgia State University, Hofstra University, UC Irvine, and the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Garden City, NY). Bryan often finds inspiration in simple, everyday occasions and interactions that are widely shared and universally understandable.
As a percussionist, Bryan strives to program thought-provoking and stimulating music written by living composers from all walks of life. His passion is playing socially-relevant and well-crafted contemporary solo and chamber percussion repertoire. As part of this mission, he has worked with such composers like Christian Wolff, Dorothy Hindman, Caroline Shaw, George Lewis, and Sarah Hennies on their solo and chamber percussion music.
He has also commissioned music from composers like Christopher Thomas Emery, Kevin Kay, Richard An, and Kathryn Koopman. Alongside saxophonist Curtis Allen Gay, Bryan is one half of the newly formed saxophone and percussion duo, Duoctane; which started out of their shared desire to premiere, perform, and promote works by artists from their own generation.
Bryan is currently a graduate student at Georgia State University, where he is pursuing M.Mus. degrees in both Percussion Performance and Music Composition in the studios of Dr. Stuart Gerber and Dr. Nickitas Demos.