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Kevin Ure (b. 1978, Pasadena, CA) composes music that is at once challenging to the listener and accessible. As a critical composer, his music has led him to the very roots of musical analysis. With a unique interpretation of the overtone series, Ure has created a new tonality that embraces chromaticism and solves many of the issues inherent in traditional tonality.

At its core, his music reflects Romantic period ideals while composing original works that challenge the most competent modern-day performers. His music aims to push the boundaries of music composition, and he believes that one of the roles of a composer is to commit to a lifelong search for new sounds, theories and methods of producing original music.

Like many composers, his first introductin to music came in the form of piano lessons. Over the years, he traded one instrument for another in an effort to get a feel for all of the instruments of the orchestra. While maintaining a strong affinity for the euphonium and brass instruments, his goal was always to express musical ideas.

Ure has maintained an interest in creating music that borders on the macabre and no matter the style of the work, a unique voice seeps through and transfers to the audience. Dissonant, dark, melancholy music with a tonal pull that is based largely on how the natural overtones in music create friction has always provided him with a meditative reprieve from the struggles of daily life. The melodies in his compositions are often merged within rich densities, thick harmonic backdrops, and dynamic rhythmic pulses.

Ure's music encompasses listeners in a wash of sound that is intended to envelop and propel the audience to experience new musical worlds. While most of his music use novel and dissonant harmonies, there is usually a sense of hope and catharsis that meets the listener at the close. The viewpoint reflected is one of continual change, modification, and the metamorphosis between different stages of life and viewpoints.

Ure has traveled extensively, and draws upon those experiences while writing new music. While born in California, he has since traveled across the United States, Europe, and Asia. During a two-year stint living in rural Japan, his understanding of different cultures and exposure to new modes of thought expanded. While each new piece of music has a certain symbology and is programmatic in nature; ultimately, he hopes his music will be have differeing meanings depending on the listener's experience, background, and personal inclinations.

Similar to a Rorschach test, his music serves as a catalyst to understanding personal and often volatile emotional currents of energy. Ure believes that great music provides a logical framework that the listener can use as a container to pour their own experiences and meaning into the piece. This musical lens may provide the listener with an emotional release, a structure for relaxation and meditation, or a reprieve from the mundane and ordinary.

Each new piece is a work in progress that always aims for an impossible perfection while never fully answering the questions the music attempts to pose. In this way, there are core concepts and ideas that frequent listeners will begin to pick up on. Ure believes that music is organic, and in that sense it continues to change, develop, and grow as the composer improves their understanding and knowledge of the craft of music composition.

His music can be previewed on iTunesAmazonCDBaby, and SoundCloud. Additionally, you can follow him on Facebook and Twitter. Kevin Ure has also written extensively on music and aims to help composers learn to create their own original compositions.

Ure has studied and performed with many prominent composers and performers including Virko BaleyDaniel AsiaAlfred ReedHarry BegianColonel Arnald D. GabrielMark JenkinsEric WhitacreSteven BryantDr. Craig WalshDr. Pamela DeckerCurtis-Curtis SmithDr. Richard Adams, Don Hannah, Takayoshi SuzukiShoichiro HokazonoMimi StillmanRichard MeyrickDr. Paul ChiharaJames MobberleyJeffrey CottonRobert BeaserDan Coleman, Dr. James Stivers, Bobby ScannProfessor Anthony LaBounty, and Professor Tom Leslie. He has also been privileged with the opportunity to study at multiple universities throughout the country including The University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and Western Michigan University.

As a composer, Ure's compositions have received numerous performances, most notably, commissions from the Silverado Chamber Ensemble in Las Vegas, a World Premiere at the Las Vegas Centennial Celebration, performances by The Las Vegas Brass Choir, The University of Arizona, The University of Nevada, Western Michigan University, and The Las Vegas Music Festival. Ure has performed with, composed for, and conducted many ensembles both nationally and internationally, including the President’s Navy Band, the UNLV Wind Orchestra, the Las Vegas Philharmonic, the Las Vegas Brass Band, has performed in tours of both Japan and Europe, as well as in a special performance in the 1992 inauguration of former President Bill Clinton.

The composer’s output includes works for orchestra, wind symphony, piano, brass, woodwinds, strings, and percussion ensembles. He has written extensively for soloists and chamber ensembles, including The Fool’s Journey for Orchestra, The Beast of Gevaudan for Brass Choir, La Llorona for Piano, Pavor Nocturnus for Brass Choir, The Garden Tower for Violin and Piano, and Queen Mab for Violin and Piano. He is listed as a composer with Meet the Composer, Sequenza21, ASCAP, About.com, and other notable sources.

Ure is the founder and composition instructor for UreMusic.com. His students have a variety of musical interests including jazz, blues, and classical, as well as music for film, television, and video games. His students include professionals working in the field, university students, and amateurs from around the world, including Europe, North America, and Australia. As an instructor and consultant, he reviews hundreds of compositions and supplies literally thousands of pages worth of customized feedback annually to his private students, in addition to providing students with tailored instruction via personalized online courses.

Ure received his BM in Composition in 2003 from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. Upon graduation, he released his first CD, The Beast of Gevaudan. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Michigan to begin work on his Masters degree in Composition, where he specialized in electronic music composition. He soon returned west to attend The University of Arizona, where he earned a Masters of Music in Composition in 2007, graduating with honors. 

Currently, Kevin Ure maintains multiple responsibilities as the instructor of The Composers Studio at UreMusic.com, as well as an active composer of modern music. He has also served as the Director of Music at a research-based lab school affiliated with The University of Arizona, where he taught music theory, history, performance, and composition to low-income families. He currently teaches music theory courses at The University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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