Dorian Wallace is a composer, pianist, teacher, and activist. His work explores philosophical questions, elements of the conscious and unconscious experience, deep political conscientiousness, performance art, genre crossing, and often features improvisational elements. He is cofounder and artistic director of new music collective, Tenth Intervention, and conductor of the improvisational septendectet, The Free Sound Ahn-somble, both based in New York City.
His compositions have been performed worldwide at venues such as The Greene Space at WNYC & WQXR, Pompidou Centre, Palais Jacques Coeur, The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, National Sawdust, Universidad de Costa Rica, and GK Arts Center. Wallace has composed and collaborated with artists including Alison Cook Beatty Dance, Robert Ashley, Hernando Bensuelo, Seneca Black, Tiger Chengliang Cai, The Cleveland Orchestra Piano Trio, Composers Concordance, Experiments In Opera, John King, Dave Liebman, Frank London, LottDance, Matt Marks, Brianna Matzke, Charlotte Mundy, New Vintage Baroque, Periapsis Music and Dance, Paul Pinto, Hajnal Pivnick, RIOULT Dance, John Sanborn, Son Lux, TRIODance, Aleksandra Vrebalov, and Pamela Z.
A virtuoso pianist and improviser, Wallace performs with surrealist nightclub act Trystero, and is a founding member of the free music quintet AmmoCake. He is one of New York City's most notable accompanists for dance, playing ballet and contemporary dance classes at Barnard College of Columbia University, The Martha Graham Dance Company, The Juilliard School, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, Ballet Hispanico, Kat Wildish Presents, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Doug Varone and Dancers, and many more.
In addition to composing and performing, Wallace is a dedicated educator, teaching lessons, lectures, and master classes in Ichonautics, his conceptual method of music philosophy, composition, improvisation, and mindfulness. He has taught this approach nationally and internationally, including Juilliard, Columbia University, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Universidad de Costa Rica.
Wallace is a typical autodidact - passionate, dedicated and driven; unbounded by traditional approaches, he blazes his own path forward. He eventually studied composition, music theory, improvisation, and piano with Sebastian Birch, Pat Pace, Tom Janson, Frank Wiley, Mark Pakman, and Chas Baker. He is currently enrolled at Montclair State University pursuing a degree in Music Therapy. Wallace has served 8 years in the US Army.
He currently lives in Harlem, New York City with his partner and colleague, violinist Hajnal Pivnick.