Photo by Beth O'Brien

Photo by Beth O'Brien

"..everything sounded more acute, lively and present — qualities enhanced by the keen listening that the music enabled" -- Steve Smith, New York Times.

On Foot Productions is directed by Craig Shepard (composer, trombone), who makes music related to stillness. Growing up in Connecticut, he would go for long walks in the middle of snowy nights, stopping to listen to the sheen of millions of snowflakes hitting the ground. Recent projects include On Foot: Brooklyn, a 91-day, 780-mile walking project in New York, and Trumpet City, a mass outdoor installation that has so far been realized in Zurich and Bern, Switzerland.

Early experiences with the music of King Crimson and Bach led him to Northwestern University, where he studied trombone with Frank Crisafulli and composition with Bill Karlins, Amnon Wolman, Alan Stout, and Michael Pisaro. In 2001, he bought a one-way ticket to Zurich, Switzerland, where he worked with Manfred Werder and Jürg Frey, and realized a 31-day, 250-mile walk on which he composed a new piece every day and performed it every evening. He also performed with New York School composer Christian Wolff in Switzerland and the US.

To be close to family, he moved to New York in 2006, where he leads silent listening walks and co-organizes the concert series Music for Contemplation. Craig Shepard’s music is available on Edition Wandelweiser Records.

Composer Mentoring

Craig Shepard offers 13-week courses in composition mentoring, focusing on developing and maintaining a long term composition practice and working through creative blocks. Integral to the course is an engagement with the rich music and art of New York. Especially welcome are young composers wishing to develop a practice without going into debt. Assistance available to obtain housing and visa. Shorter courses will be considered. Limited availability. To apply, please use the contact page to send an email describing who you are and why you want mentoring.