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Ted King-Smith


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Ted King-Smith teaches Introduction to the Recording Studio at JCCC and is a composer and saxophonist with numerous performances around the country.

Interested in the intersection of acoustic and electronic forces in music, his compositions synthesize several different influences, musical and otherwise, into engaging works that emphasize variety, virtuosity and improvisation. Recent recognition for his music has come from I Care if You Listen, BMI, the American Prize and the Washington-Idaho Symphony.

Ted’s music has been featured at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, the Florida State University Festival of New Music, Late Night at National Sawdust, WFMT and WKCR, Electronic Music Midwest, and a number of other conferences and festivals. Recent projects and commissions include the 15-member consortium commission Between Glimpses of Blue for wind ensemble and fixed media, Steps to Balance 1-5 with animator Molly Garrett, the collaborative multimedia performance Celestial Metamorphosis, several commissioned works for instruments and electronics, as well as acoustic works for saxophone, wind ensemble and other chamber groups.

Ted holds degrees from the Hartt School of Music, Washington State University and the University of Missouri–Kansas City. As a performer and improviser Ted performs regularly with the Mnemosyne Quartet throughout KC and the Midwest. He is also on the board for the NewEar Contemporary Chamber ensemble and Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance (KcEMA), and organizes the annual Kansas City Contemporary Music Festival every Spring.