Jay C. Batzner (b. 1974) is a composer and zazen practitioner in the Soto Zen tradition. Jay’s music has been performed at all the usual academic new music festivals (SCI, CMS, SEAMUS, EMM, etc.) and instrument performance societies (NFA, IHS, NASA). 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. Most recently, his 25-minute composition for piano and electronics as if to each other was recorded by R. Andrew Lee and will be released by Irritable Hedgehog in early 2015.
Jay is currently on the faculty of Central Michigan University where he teaches composition, theory, and technology courses and serves as the co-director of the Center for Innovation, Collaboration, and Engagement. 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. According to a few apps on his phone, his Kyu ranking is somewhere in the mid-20s. He’d like to get better at chess but never seems to find the time for it.
As you might expect, his scores and recordings are available at his website: jaybatzner.com.