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. He aims to create music that sounds naturally visceral and gestural, rigorously structured, and encompasses a wide emotional landscape.
With a vision of becoming a globally-engaged artist and scholar, Jeremy is a recipient of a 2020-21 Fulbright scholarship to study the intersection of percussion performance, electronics, and composition at the 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 pedagogy. While maintaining a studio of private students, he was a freelance percussion instructor and arranger, often traveling around the Northeast with his various scholastic music ensembles to see his students perform. At age 21, he began teaching courses on ear training, music theory, and composition 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.