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Dorian Wallace

Dorian Wallace, MT - BC, is a composer, pianist, board certified music therapist, and teacher based in New York City. His work addresses socio-political issues and philosophical concepts, often incorporating improvisation. He has collaborated with artists such as Bonita Oliver, John Sanborn, Paul Pinto, Pamela Z, Charlotte Mundy, Frank London, and Nicholas Finch, to name a few.

Wallace is a founding member and co-artistic director of Tenth Intervention, a progressive new music collective exploring the intersectionality of social justice and community engagement through contemporary music. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he founded the New Music Organizing Caucus, contemporary classical music advocacy, and labor rights collective to address systemic inequalities within the field. With David Kulma, Dorian co-hosts Trysteropod, an anarchist podcast discussing politics from a musician’s perspective. He is a Sing In Solidarity member, a socialist movement chorus in New York City that performs music from the international and domestic left.

One of New York City’s most in-demand dance accompanists, Wallace has played for Martha Graham Dance Company, Doug Varone and Dancers, Juilliard, New York University, Columbia University, and many, many others. He also teaches Music for Dancers at the Martha Graham School and is a teaching artist for the Mark Morris Dance Accompaniment Training Program.

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”THE EDGE. I would say 'on the edge' but Dorian Wallace IS the edge. An autodidact, he writes from his soul, and splatters contemporary issues so that they get all over your shoes.” ​-John Sanborn, media artist
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New York City

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

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ICHONAUTICS A Musical Philosophy and Compositional/Improvisational Approach by Dorian Wallace "Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as hard duty. Never regard study as duty but as the enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later work belongs." -Albert Einstein Ichonautics (from the ancient Greek words ήχος íchos, meaning "sound", and ναυτική nautikē, meaning "navigation") is a musical philosophy and compositional/improvisational approach developed by composer Dorian Wallace that aims to unlock and expand one’s mental space for creative expression and discovery

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