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Dear Friends, I hope your fall is off to a great start. I’ve been commuting from Brooklyn to Baltimore this semester teaching composition at the Peabody Institute, which has been a lot of fun, and I wanted to let you know about some of the highlights of my coming year. This October, Shai Wosner will […]

My new album, The Pieces That Fall to Earth is now available everywhere albums are found. Here are a few choice press quotes that have come out so far: “A stunning trio of song cycles” — Tom Huizenga, NPR Music’s Top 10 Albums Of July “Absolutely ravishing vocal harmonies, shot through with streaks of sonic […]

You can read about it here.

Here is a program note that my dear friend, Timo Andres, wrote for new my album, The Pieces That Fall to Earth, available on July 26 from New Amsterdam Records. Christopher Cerrone writes music for human voices which wander and persist through landscapes of cold instrumental sounds. Throughout his vocal works, musical metaphors reinforce poetry […]

Below are the notes for my new percussion quartet concerto, premiering tonight at Chicago’s Symphony Center: In April 2019, my friend Tim Horvath, a novelist, texted me, “Do you know Jane Alison’s Meander, Spiral, Explode? It’s a book that focuses on unusual structural elements in novels.” I always trust Tim’s suggestions, and I tore through […]

Dear Friends, Happy Fall! In this strange period of too much humidity and too much twitter, I’m pleased to share my 2018–19 season. We begin in media res, since September is almost over, but going forward, here are some of the highlights: — This November, the LA Phil gives the world premiere of The Insects Became Magnetic, a new work for orchestra and […]

On my new violin concerto, “Breaks and Breaks” for Jennifer Koh and the Detroit Symphony: Everything in 2017—personally, physically, politically—felt harder than usual. And while I am not a political artist by disposition, my work is both inherently and intentionally autobiographical, meaning: that personal is political. Throughout the year, I read and re-read Angels in […]

About the work: for string quartet duration: 11 minutes Co-commissioned by: The LA Philharmonic, with generous support from Helen and Justus Schlicting, and the Calder Quartet Premiere: December 7, 2017 at Walt Disney Concert Hall Score: Purchase from Project Schott New York. Listen: About the work: Can’t and Won’t began its life as a song […]

Dear Friends, Hope all is well! I’m really excited to share what’s coming up this year. Last season was really fun and wild—it featured the premiere of Liminal Highway, a sprawling work for flute and electronics at Miller Theatre; Goldbeater’s Skin for percussion quartet and mezzo-soprano at Notre Dame; and Will There Be Singing (called “a stunning new piece“ by the LA Times) […]

Strange times, huh? Hope everyone is staying safe and sane. We’re taking real-time lessons in redoubling our role in participatory democracy (and I’m doubling my donations to the ACLU).However, music as always goes on, and I’m very excited to head to the University of Notre Dame University to premiere Goldbeater’s Skin with Third Coast Percussion […]

Hi, it’s been too long since I’ve updated this page! So here’s some recent works as the year ahead irons itself out!

Hi! Just got back from Milwaukee, and was overwhelmed by the amazing response to my new work The Branch Will Not Break for chorus and 10 players. The Shepherd Express wrote a really touching review of the work, but more importantly, take a listen if you have a second!

Hi! I’m headed back to the states in a week or so for the premiere of a brand spanking new, 20 minute work for 8 voices and chamber orchestra. It’s called The Branch Will Not Break and it set six poems by the amazing late poet James Arlington Wright. Present Music was kind enough to […]

Hello from Rome! What a few months it’s been. After returning to New York for a few convulsive weeks, I headed out to the American Academy in Rome which is just an amazing and beautiful space. My colleagues are brilliant artists and scholars, and Rome is, well, my favorite place on the planet. And the […]

Hi! So I’m currently up at the beautiful MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire. It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever experienced. There’s chickens, there’s amazing lunches. Aaron Copland wrote The Red Pony score in my studio. In short: It’s great. I’m working on a new piece for Present Music in Milwaukee here. I […]

Introducing the 2015-2016 Rome Prize Fellows! @MorganLibrary pic.twitter.com/cjklrc2ddU — AmericanAcademy Rome (@AmAcademyRome) April 16, 2015

And here’s a video of David and Rachel’s beautiful performance of my Violin Sonata

—The amazing short story writer Tim Horvath interviewed me about composing Invisible Cities. At least it started that way, but found itself wandering into all sorts of divergent topics in and around composing and literature. It’s published on the Tin House blog. —Carol Ann Aicher and Kevin Chavez interviewed me for their Greenroom Conversations Podcast. […]

A little note on my new violin sonata which premieres this coming February 6th at Subculture in NYC.

Exciting January! Lots of performances coming up this month. The Cornell Glee Club are taking my new choral piece they commissioned Not One Word based on texts by Ryokan on tour throughout the North East, including performances in Albany, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, New York, and more. Dates and details. Several performances of Memory Palace […]

I’m going to try to keep this page fairly updated and fairly concise. Both seem challenging to me in general, but I’m really working on it. The Invisible Cities album is doing quite well. We’ve gotten favorite write-ups in the LA Times (“The music stays with you”), the Boston Globe (“gorgeous, dreamlike”), Thought Catalog (“You’ll […]

Starting today, Invisible Cities as a limited-edition CD Box Set and a digital download from most major retailers. INVISIBLE CITIES: An Opera by Christopher Cerrone by Christopher Cerrone, Marc Lowenstein, Cedric Berry, Ashley Faatoalia, Delaram Kamareh, Ashley Knight You can get the whole thing through The Industry’s bandcamp page, or find your favorite retailer here.