Jelani Surpris

21st Century Modern Composer

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I enjoy working with my clientele, getting to know their interests, seeing what their problems might be, and addressing the situation with the knowledge given to me and all around me. As a composer, I am flexible and ALWAYS listen and respond to feedback. LET'S MAKE GAME-CHANGING MUSIC!

Jelani N. Surpris is a contemporary classical composer who hails from Atlanta, Georgia (USA). His musical style can be looped into numerous aesthetic genres. That being said, Surpris is an active participant in numerous styles of music. When returning to composition after years of studying jazz harmony, punk rock, and modern production, it only seemed natural for Surpris to incorporate all things that surrounded him.
Jelani N. Surpris is currently in his 7th semester of studying Music Composition with Dr. James Ogburn and Audio Engineering with Dr. Mathew McCabe at the Schwob School of Music in Columbus, Georgia. Surpris owes a great deal of his musical ability to jazz composers and soloists who have been teaching, inspiring, and motivating him. Those composers are, John Coltrane, Joshua Redman, and Thelonius Monk.
In addition, Surpris is an advocate and supporter of modernity in 21st Century contemporary music. Thomas Adès, Rebecca Saunders, Unsuk Chin, Hans Abrahamsen, and Georg Frederich Haas are among his favorite composers and artists. Surpris has been branching out in the world of new music and has been able to collaborate with the premiere USA-based contemporary string quartet, JACK Quartet on his piece entitled, “from total darkness," and just received a commission by Castle of Our Skins to write a piece for wind ensemble and the Schwob Philharmonic for Orchestra.

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GenresSounds Like
  • Thomas Adès
  • Igor Stravinsky
  • Hans Abrahamsen
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  • Curated Mix Suite
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