Pneuma: A Radio Opera in Eight Parts

by Daniel Steffey

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An opera for radio broadcast, realized over the course of 2014, and completed/premiered during my residency at Wave Farm, WGXC 90.7 FM out of the Upper Hudson Valley in New York. Audio material of the instrumental parts was taken from tape parts realized in Oakland, and three concerts, performed live with instruments (and tape) in Los Angeles, Oakland, and Santa Clara, respectively.

'Pneuma' is a composition that exists in many forms; fixed media alone, concert music for a soloist or chamber ensemble with fixed media, with or without video, and as an opera for radio broadcast.


released September 20, 2014


Daniel Steffey - composer, electronics, piano, percussion
Kelli Rowe - libretto
Christina Stanley - voice in two parts
Nick Wang - electronics (at WGXC, Santa Clara and Oakland)
Ryan Ross Smith - electronics (at WGXC)
Anna Wray - vibraphone (at Los Angeles, Santa Clara) and Oakland)
Christopher Foss - bassoon (at Los Angeles)
Giselle Eastman - clarinet (at Oakland)
Devon Thrumston - cello (at Oakland)
Benjamin Ethan Tinker - electronics (at Oakland)
Alex Christie - tenor saxophone (at Santa Clara and Oakland)
Mia Bella D'Augelli - violin (at Oakland)
Shanna Sordahl - cello w/electronics (at Oakland)
Nava Dunkelman - percussion (at Oakland)
Sarah Howe - video (at Oakland, Santa Clara)



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Daniel Steffey Brooklyn, New York

Daniel Steffey is a composer and percussionist based in New York City. His music focuses on the boundaries of musical systems, both electronic and organic, that are on the verge of collapse. The power in the brittleness of these boundaries, often dictates more than the composer or performers can control, which is very welcomed. ... more

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Track Name: Interpolation in the FM Band
Libretto by Kelli Rowe