earspace presents its flutist, Philip Snyder, performing "instill" a sounding meditation space created by D. Edward Davis. Visitors to the outdoor labyrinth path will be invited to walk the maze while creating and interacting with sounds. Seating will be provided for those who wish to experience the event that way. Visitors are welcome to come and go as they wish.

This performance takes place at the Duke Unicorn Bereavement Center, 1001 Corporate Dr., Hillsborough, NC. Tickets to this performance are free and open to the public.  

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Philip Snyder, flute

Philip Snyder is interested in the experimental pursuit of music performance as a process. He seeks to find agency within the entire musical event and treat each performance as an act of discovery.

Philip is a founding member of the North Carolina contemporary performance ensemble, earspaceHe is also one half of the experimental duo if...else which is dedicated to creating immersive installation performances. Philip has performed frequently as a member of the University of South Carolina Experimental Music Workshop directed by Greg Stuart. While a member of the group, Philip premiered works by composers including Michael Pisaro, Tim Feeney, and David Kirkland Garner. The group's recording of the music of Jürg Frey, Ephemeral Constructions, is available on Edition Wandelweiser Records.

Philip is the founder and director of Wired Music, a new music series dedicated to the presentation of exceptional music in casual settings. The series forms partnerships across Columbia, South Carolina to "wire music into" the cultural activities of the city.

Philip's self-released recordings include EP, a collection of improvisatory music for flute and electronics and around-past-away, an album of field recordings exploring sonic motion through natural settings. These and other recording projects can be found on his Bandcamp profile.

Philip's current initiatives include a collaboration with D. Edward Davis titled instill for one instrument, one guide, and up to ten meditators in a labyrinth. He is also commissioning a body of electro-acoustic music that avoids the use of click tracks for a project called Pedals.

Philip holds DMA and MM degrees in Flute Performance from the University of South Carolina where he studied with Jennifer Parker-Harley. He received his BM degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Philip is an alumni of the Bang on a Can Summer Festival, Banff Center's Ensemble Evolution, nief-norf Summer Festival, Cortona Sessions for New Music, and others. He is a past winner of the Flute Society of Kentucky Young Artist Competition, the National Flute Association Masterclass Competition, and a finalist for many other awards.


D. Edward Davis, composer

D. Edward Davis (b. 1980) is a composer of electronic and acoustic music. His work often engages with the sounds of the environment, exploring processes, patterns, and systems inspired by nature.

Recent performers of his work include F-PLUS, Polyorchard, [Switch~ Ensemble], trombonist William Lang, Verdant Vibes, the New Mexico Contemporary Ensemble, The Witches duo, Occasional Symphony, No Exit New Music Ensemble, Musica Nova, Callithumpian Consort, Yvonne Lam and Lisa Kaplan of Eighth Blackbird, the Williams College Percussion Ensemble, Soundry Ensemble, Red Hedgehog Trio, yMusic, the Duke New Music Ensemble, Da Capo Chamber Players, the Wet Ink Ensemble, violinist Mari Kimura, pianist Ingrid Lee, and flutist Dalia Chin and vocalist Kate McDuffie.

His compositions are featured on the Spectropol Records compilation Possible Worlds, Vol. 2, and on recent recordings by The Witches (Behind the Curtain), Red Hedgehog Trio (10 x 10), David Thornton (Parallel Realities), Eric Honour (Phantasm: Music for Saxophone and Computer), and Erik Carlson (Music for Violin). As a performer, he is featured on the 2017 Irritable Hedgehog recording of Jürg Frey’s Buch der Räume und Zeiten and on Manfred Werder’s 2003released by Edition Wandelweiser.

Davis’s work has been presented at the Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival in Richmond, VA (2017), the EcoSono Environmental Music and Sound Art Festival in Anchorage, AK (2017), SlowSD – Festival of Slow Music in San Diego (2017), the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA (2016), the New Music Gathering in Baltimore (2016), the Something Said Only Once festival in Flagstaff, AZ (2015), the Brooklyn Acoustic Ecology Festival (2015), the ITEA Midwest Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference in Bowling Green, OH (2015), the Under the Radar Festival in Omaha (2014), and SoundWalk in Long Beach, CA (2013). He has participated in the Experimental Listening & Music Sessions (Boston, 2016, 2017, 2018), the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival (North Adams, MA, 2016), the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYC, 2014), the EcoSono Institute (Anchorage, AK, 2013), the nief-norf Summer Festival and Research Summit (Greenville, SC, 2012, 2013, and 2014) and the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice / SICPP (Boston, MA, 2012 and 2014), and was selected as a Composer Fellow for the 2012 Other Minds Festival in San Francisco. He has attended artist residencies at the Ragdale Foundation (IL), Kimmel Harding Nelson Center (NE), and the Ucross Foundation (WY).

In 2018, Davis’s article “Environmental Dialogues: Conversations with Nature in the Music of David Dunn” appeared in Sound American (vol. 19), and his work imago hymns was published in the Spring 2018 issue of Computer Music Journal(“EcoSono Environmental Computer Music and Sound Art Compilation”, curated by Matthew Burtner.) Along with Jennie Gottschalk, he presented on “Ecology and Sonic Practice” at the Le Laboratoire ArtScience series in Cambridge, MA in May 2018. His scholarly work “The Map and the Territory: Documenting David Dunn’s Sky Drift” was published in Organised Sound (Cambridge University Press) in early 2017. He presented papers at the 2017 New Music Gathering in Bowling Green, OH and at the 2017 Sixth International Conference on Music and Minimalism in Knoxville, TN.

Davis earned a doctorate from Duke University (PhD, 2016) where he studied composition with Scott Lindroth and John Supko. He also holds degrees from Brooklyn College (Master of Music, 2006) and Northwestern University (Bachelor of Music, 2002), and his former teachers include Antoine Beuger, David Grubbs, Amnon Wolman, Amy Williams, Jay Alan Yim, and Michael Pisaro. From 2010 to 2015, he was the Director of Contemporary Music at The Perlman Music Program’s Summer Music School.

Davis is currently a Practitioner-in-Residence at the University of New Haven and teaches composition at the University of Bridgeport. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut, with his wife Rosemary.