Gust Burns composes performances of music.
Drawing on his experience as a pianist, contemporary art practices, and 20th century composition, Burns’ works blur differentiations between performance, score, recording, and text.
Two major concerns: 1) the reification of the faculties (listening) and 2) the liberationist potential of a-signifying musical assemblages (hearing as ecstatic musical encounter).
Two ways of thinking about the project: to uncover listening as social-historically constructed assemblage, and to elaborate and rehearse ways of being together (playing and hearing music).
Burns earned an MFA in music/sound from Bard College, and is a graduate student at the University of Washington, Seattle.