RETURN (album) live arrangements

Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble’s RETURN, innova release 983, was the result of coast-to-coast collaboration amongst ensemble director Bill Ryan and GVSU alumni Matthew Finch, Adam Cuthbert, and Daniel Rhode. The compositions were created in several stages: loosely written by the alumni, interpreted and recorded by the ensemble, smashed and hacked in Live, and then supplemented by additional recorded material.

In order to perform the album live, several arrangements were created to reinforce, accompany, and embellish the recordings. I contributed three: glacier, background refresh, and dearest rewinder these.

background refresh | pierrot, alto sax, perc, & stereo playback | 6″ | 2018
commissioned | Grand Valley State New Music Ensemble, slashsound
premiered | Grand Valley State New Music Ensemble, dir. Bill Ryan
album version/stereo track composed by | Adam Cuthbert

dearest rewinder these | pierrot, alto sax, perc, & stereo playback | 8″ | 2018
commissioned | Grand Valley State New Music Ensemble, slashsound
premiered | Grand Valley State New Music Ensemble, dir. Bill Ryan
album version/stereo track composed by | Daniel Rhode

glacier | pierrot, alto sax, perc, & stereo playback | 8″ | 2018
commissioned | Grand Valley State New Music Ensemble, slashsound
premiered | GVSU New Music Ensemble @ Strange Beautiful Music, Detroit New Music Festival
album version/stereo track composed by | Matthew Finch


Other performances:

Grand Valley State New Music Ensemble @ RETURN Album Release show, Allendale MI
Grand Valley State New Music Ensemble @ NOMAD Gallery, Grand Rapids MI
Grand Valley State New Music Ensemble @ Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee WI


All solo, chamber, and large ensemble works have score, parts, & relevant media available for purchase. Please contact me at nikodschroeder@gmail.com with inquiries. I’m happy to get my music in your hands!