Jeremy Wexler is a musician from Long Island, NY currently residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. Studying the drum set from a young age, Jeremy cites his deep immersion in rhythm, gesture, and timbres of non-pitched percussion instruments in his formative years as a strong influence on his current musical explorations. This has been the central basis of Jeremy's compositions, which feature complex timbres, improvisation, microtonality, and the derivation of musical content based on various aspects of the drum set. Working in acoustic and electroacoustic mediums, he aims to create music that sounds naturally visceral and gestural, rigorously structured, and encompasses a wide emotive landscape.
Jeremy is a recipient of a 2021-22 Fulbright Student Research Award to compose a new work for improvising drummer, ensemble, and electronics at the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Kraków, Poland. His music has been premiered by many visionary performers and ensembles around the world, including Ukho Ensemble, Proton Bern, Divertimento Ensemble, Mivos String Quartet, players of the Nief-Norf Summer Festival and Wintergreen Academy, ECO Ensemble, Haegeumist Sooyeon Lyuh, vocalist Lucy Dhegrae, and the Purchase New Music Ensemble. As a performer, Jeremy has been a percussionist in and conductor of world premieres by many of his colleagues throughout his studies and has toured the U.S. as a drummer in a rock band.
Jeremy has had a longstanding passion for music education. While maintaining a studio of private students, he was a freelance percussion instructor and arranger, often traveling with various scholastic music ensembles to see his students perform. At age 21, he began teaching music courses as a graduate student at SUNY Purchase College. He currently teaches music theory at the University of California, Berkeley where he is a PhD candidate in composition. Jeremy has studied composition under Ken Ueno, Franck Bedrossian, Myra Melford, Du Yun, Huang Ruo, and Suzanne Farrin. Recent interests include hybrid composing setups (analogue and digital), recording studio production and technology, and augmenting the drum set using electronics.