solo works

  • Monsters (2020)
    • a pastiche of miniatures inspired by Emil Ferris’s My Favorite Thing is Monsters
  • Hindrances (2019)
    • five short movements based on the Five Hindrances found in Buddhism
  • Number Station (2011)
    • 1-minute ambient work for unaccompanied guitar

chamber ensembles with guitar

  • Two Slow Movements (2014)
    • for soprano sax, alto sax, tenor sax, trombone, electric guitar, vibraphone, violin, cello, and bass

About Me

Jay C. Batzner (b. 1974) is currently on the faculty of Central Michigan University. He reads too many comic books and tries to find time for sewing and other various hobbies. Jay likes playing chess but loses a LOT of games. 

Jay’s frequent interdisciplinary collaborations with choreographer Heather Trommer-Beardslee has led to several dance works based on student veterans, ecological succession, the Larry Craig scandal, and hyena behaviors. The hyena piece even includes puppets! 

80s atonal awesome bilston comic books comics concerto contemplative counterpoint duet dulcimer duo electronics fixed media funny hard high voice improvisation marimba medium voice noisy percussion piano poem poetry pop quartet sci-fi scifi setup short song song cycle speaking spiky spoken strugatsky timpani trigger triggered trio unpitched weird white zen