Michael Udow


Michael Udow has composed three operas, film scores, orchestral and wind ensemble works, chamber music, and solo compositions. Michael's distinctive compositional voice alludes categorization. Quite often, his rhythmically engaging contrapuntal lines with dense timbres weave effortlessly with memorable melodic lines. His latest 2020 Animated Film to be performed live with orchestra, wind ensemble or 6-percussion with sound playback has received twelve laurel awards, including New York's Sound and Vision International Film & Technology Festival, Hollywood Verge Film Awards, Picasso, Einstein, Buddha Film Festival (India) and Bengal's Model N Movie International Shorts. In addition, Michael was the 2014-15 Composer-in-Residence with the Colorado Chamber Orchestra. Michael is a University of Michigan Emeritus Professor (1982 – 2011). He retired from his distinguished career as the principal percussionist with The Santa Fe Opera (1968 – 2009). Michael holds BM degrees in composition and percussion from the University of Illinois, where he also completed his MM and the first DMA degree in percussion performance. Oxford University Press published his 472-page book, Percussion Pedagogy, A Practical Guide for Studio Teachers, in 2019. The Rhode Island Philharmonic, Boulder Philharmonic, Colorado Chamber Orchestra, Madison Philharmonia have recorded Michael's works. In 2022, the DuPage Symphony Orchestra will be presenting Michael's Shattered Mirror Suite, preceded by a week of guest composer workshops. In addition, the world premiere of his multiple percussion concerto, Ancient Echoes, will be given by the Longmont Symphony Orchestra.

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Michael Udow Five Ascents for Solo Contrabass Contrabass
Michael Udow Flashback for Percussion Quartet Percussion Quartet
Michael Udow Four Movements for Percussion Quartet Percussion Quartet
Michael Udow Haiku Variations One Performer
Michael Udow Hoodoos Two Percussionists
Michael Udow Hoodoo Images orchestra
Michael Udow Lightning Marimba and Orchestra
1111 - 1110 - perc - marimba solo - strings
Michael Udow Lullaby for Dessa string orchestra
Michael Udow Lullaby for Rachel wind octet
fl, alto fl, ob, Ehn, cl, bscl, 2hn
Michael Udow Mountain Myths orchestra
Michael Udow Music for Cross-Cultures 12 Percussionists
Michael Udow Past & Present Solo Timpani and Tape
Michael Udow Rio Grande Riffs Percussion Septet
Michael Udow Schizoid Marimba and Vibraphone
Michael Udow Shadow Songs II solo violin, solo percussion, strings
Michael Udow Shadow Songs IV solo marimba + 6 perc
Michael Udow Shattered Mirror Suite Orchestra
3(2+afl, 3+picc)3(3=EH)3(3=bcl)3 - 433(3=btbn)1 - timp, 3 perc, hp - strings
Michael Udow Stepping on Stars Two Percussionists and Fixed Media
Michael Udow Stepping Stones Two Marimbas
Michael Udow Stepping Stones - for Orchestra Orchestra
4(3=picc,4=afl)2(2=EH)4(3=Eb,4=bcl)3(3=cbsn) - 2231 - timp, 4 perc, pno, hp - strings
Michael Udow Suite for Jazz Drums & Handclappers Drum Set & 4 Percussionists
Michael Udow Tennei-Ji Solo Marimba
Michael Udow Thunderbolt Orchestra
3(3=picc)2(2=EH)4(3=Ebcl, 4=bcl) - 42(2+ptpt)3(3=btbn)1 - timp, 4 perc, pno, 2 hp - strings
Michael Udow Timbrack Quartet Percussion Quartet
Michael Udow Timelines Solo Percussion and 14 Percussionists

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