Tim Clay is a young composer who explores a variety of topics in his music. His music is heavily inspired by his fascination with the natural world, social behaviors, philosophy, and theology.
His recent works in particular meditate on a few of these interests. Written in 2017, his simul justus et peccator for violin and guitar focuses on the duality of good and evil in mankind as discussed by the German theologian Martin Luther. Logos, a recently-written work for solo bass trombone, embodies Aristotle’s three modes of persuasion, as if writing a musical speech.
Tim explores a number of aesthetics and techniques in his music, sometimes blending various ones together. His solo flute piece Reconciliation, recorded by Iwona Glinka on the Sarton label, sets sung multiphonics, tongue stops, and normal playing together in a compound line that emphasizes C as a tonal center.
Tim received his B.M. in Music Composition and Theory from the University of Alabama in 2017. Currently, Tim is working toward his M.M. in Music Composition and Theory under Marc Satterwhite at the University of Louisville, where he also serves as a music theory teaching assistant.