Composer and Performer from Plano, Texas, Brandon Carson (b. 1994), is a graduate from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Composition with a minor in a new form of artistic computing called Creative Computation. Brandon currently resides in Los Angeles pursuing his Masters in Composition and Performance at California Institute of the Arts.
At SMU, Carson performed with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra, Meadows Wind Ensemble, Meadows Percussion Ensemble, Meadows Jazz Orchestra, Meadows World Music Ensemble, SYZYGY (Meadows New Music Ensemble), Meadows POINT Ensemble, and the Meadows Chorale and Concert Choirs. He has also performed with the Voices of Change Ensemble, Lone Star Wind Orchestra, and with the Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet.
In addition to performance, Brandon has written scores for a host of short films for SMU Film and Media students, written music for SMU dance, and most recently has composed an original score for the internationally award-winning choreographer Joshua L. Peugh’s ‘Big Bad Wolf’. Dark Circles Contemporary Dance Company will perform Big Bad Wolf’ at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Wyly Theatre in Dallas, Texas in October 2017. The work will have an international premiere at Seoul Performing Arts Center in South Korea.
In the summers of 2016 and 2017, Brandon attended the NYU/ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop, the NYU Film Scoring Orchestral Workshop and the NYU/BMI Television Scoring Workshop. He had sessions and critiques with top tier film and television composers based in New York and Los Angeles. He learned from luminary composers Mark Snow (The X-Files, Blue Bloods, Smallville), Michael Levine (Landfill Harmonic, Cold Case), Mac Quayle (Mr. Robot, American Horror Story), Nathan Barr (The Americans, True Blood), Sean Callery (Jessica Jones, Homeland), and Pete Nashel (Marco Polo, Lie to Me).
Composer Nathan Barr’s own performance and use of unusual instruments from around the world, heard in his compositions, is greatly admired by Brandon and is making an influence on his current projects.
Bali, Indonesia has become a special place, musically, for Brandon. A trip to study Gamelan music in the summer of 2015 made an impact on his recent compositions. This island has inspired Carson to compose Balinese Gamelan music of his own, for instruments such as Suling Flute and Gender Wayang.
Brandon served as the 2016-17 Percussion Director for Prince of Peace Christian School in Plano, TX. He teaches private percussion and drum set lessons, performs, composes, arranges and orchestrates music, and works on film score compositions.
Brandon finds his love for music, eclectic instruments, and computers beneficial and rewarding toward developing a unique mix.