Devon Tipp

  • Graduate Student, Composition/Theory

Shaped by sonic sensitivity from a young age, Devon Tipp creates unorthodox musical environments from ostensibly incompatible realms. A PhD student at the University of Pittsburgh, he is equally at home composing for deconstructed western woodwinds, folk instruments, Harry Partch instruments or western orchestra, drawing influence from rich Japanese and Eastern European roots, alongside experiences in Nordic countries. He received his BMus from Montclair State University, where he studied composition and microtonal music with Dean Drummond, bassoon with Harry Searing and shakuhachi with Elizabeth Brown. He has also studied gagaku (traditional Japanese court music) in Tokyo, Japan. His music has been performed by microtonal specialists Kjell Tore Innervik, Veli Kujala and Tolgahan Çogulu. He has also worked with Rarescale, the Thin Edge New Music Collective, the Sudbury Guitar Trio, and members of Avanti! Chamber Orchestra. His compositions have been featured at the Soundscape Festival, Bowdoin Festival, Atlantic Music Festival, Sävellyspaja Summer Composition Masterclasses, and the Tokyo International Double Reed Society Conference.