Anne M. Guzzo is a Wyoming–based composer who draws on science and nature, playful absurdism, and interdisciplinary collaboration to create music that has been described as alternately moving and humorous. Anne has recently collaborated with vertical dancers, a geologist, a range-land ecologist, a painter, and a microbiologist, among others.
Guzzo—an internationally performed composer and professor at the University of Wyoming—is passionate about new music. She founded and directs the Wyoming Festival: New Music in the Mountains, a chamber music festival in Grand Teton National Park at the UW-National Park Service Research Station. Guzzo’s interests include the cartoon music of Carl W. Stalling, classical improvisation, and silent movie music.
Anne was the 2015–2016 composer-in-residence for the Denver-based Colorado Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Thomas A. Blomster and was one of the featured artists in the 2015 documentary film, The Ucross Experiment, which detailed a two-year collaborative residency between artists and scientists at the Ucross Foundation Artists’ Residency near Sheridan, Wyoming. Her music was recently conducted by Gerard Schwarz and performed by the University of Wyoming Collegiate Chorale and she was guest composer for the Choral Arts Institute in Los Angeles, conducted by Brandon Elliot, where her music was featured at their 2015 Beyond This World concert. Anne was a 2012 Fall Artists Resident at the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, and her music was heard in 2012 in Goianiâ, Brazil at the Festival Internacional Música Clássica no Coração do Brasil as well as at the SESI Theatre’s International Women’s Day celebration. Guzzo was a 2010 composition fellow at the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy. Her music has been recorded and played by the Colorado Chamber Orchestra, Allégresse trio, the Vine Orchestra, Negative Zed in BC, Canada, the Empyrean Ensemble in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Divan Consort in Los Angeles, Third Angle in Portland, Oregon, the Synchromy collective in Los Angeles, the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra in Wyoming, and a number of other ensembles and performers.
Photos by Anh-Thuy Nguyen