Jay C. Batzner (b. 1974) is a composer and zazen practitioner. Jay’s music has been performed at new music festivals such as Society for Composers, Inc., College Music Society, Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the US, and Electronic Music Midwest as well as instrument performance societies including the National Flute Association, International Horn Society, and North American Saxophone Alliance. His works have received recognition from such organizations as the Bourges festival, the Areon Flutes International Composition Competition, the VI Concurso Internacional de Miniaturas Electroacusticas, and the London International Film Festival. Jay’s frequent interdisciplinary collaborations with choreographer Heather Trommer-Beardslee has led to several dance piece presented at venues such as the National Dance Educators Organization, Electroacoustic Barn Dance, and the Regeneration Dance Festival of Detroit.
Jay is currently on the faculty of Central Michigan University where he teaches composition, theory, and technology courses. He holds degrees in composition and/or theory from the University of Kansas, University of Louisville, and University of Missouri – Kansas City. A lot of his output is instrumental chamber music, frequently with electronics, but he has recently been expanding his vocal compositions. He’d love to write opera and has many music drama ideas he’d like to implement, just ask him. He reads too many comic books and tries to find time for sewing and other various hobbies. He’d like to get better at chess but never seems to find the time for it.
Jay’s music has been recorded by R. Andrew Lee, David Thornton, Meerenai Shim, The Crescent Duo (feat. Tracy Watson), Alexandra Mascolo-David, Bruce Bonnell, and many others. His works are published by Unsafe Bull Music.