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About Tristan

TRISTAN MOORE is a soundtrack composer and pianist whose work spans a wide range of musical styles. He provides complete soundtrack creation services for creative projects and events. He currently serves as resident composer for the University of Utah Children's Dance Theatre, where he enjoys collaborating with a diverse team of choreographers and other artists. He has toured with a traveling circus as a composer, bandleader and keyboardist for over 500 performances, and he has written and recorded scores for unique projects by many small companies and independent artists across the United States.

Tristan creates music that supports narrative and character development with varied palettes of sound and orchestration. His multilayered scores carefully blend acoustic instrumentation with detailed electronic programming to evoke a nuanced spectrum of emotions and energies.

Tristan's piano improvisations are notable for their expressive range and technical versatility. His longest musical performance to date ("Reverie") consisted of an uninterrupted 12-hour piano solo.

With over 18 years of professional experience as a dance accompanist, Tristan has played for classes at the University of Utah Department of Modern Dance, the Virginia Tanner Creative Dance Program, Oakland Ballet, Repertory Dance Theatre, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, the American College Dance Festival, and many other companies and programs. He studied music, theatre, and dance at Amherst College, the University of Paris X-Nanterre, and the Schola Cantorum in Paris.

Tristan's experience has encompassed many professional roles over the years: composer, director, scriptwriter, stage manager, music director/bandleader, production assistant, sound technician, music consultant, music editor, and orchestra pit musician.

Selected Works

Crumb & the Pirates (2001, 2015)
Sense Pass King (2003)
The Three Questions (2004, 2014)
Pockets (2005)
A Blue So Blue (2006)
The Dream Stealer (2007)
Scientia (2008)
Coming Home (2009)
True North (2010)
Alice Through the Looking-Glass (2011)
The Apple-Pip Princess (2012)
The Snow Queen (2013)
Gwinna (2016)
Elfwyn's Saga (2017)
The Magic Lake (2018)
Composed, arranged, directed and recorded original scores for dance-theatre productions by the University of Utah Children's Dance Theatre. Collaborated with artistic director and a dozen choreographers to provide music that supported the tempos, energies, emotional content and specific cues within the choreography. Wrote stories and scripts for several productions. Incorporated complex MIDI programming alongside acoustic instruments. Directed other musicians in the recording studio and in live performances.

Smirkusology: A Science Extravaganza (2008)
Smirkus Ever After (2009)
Wilderness Wonders (2010)
Frontpage Follies (2011)
Topsy Turvy Time Travel (2012)
Oz Incorporated (2013)
Anchors Away for Atlantis (2014)
Bon Appetit! (2015)
Composed, arranged, performed and recorded original scores for themed shows by Circus Smirkus, a traveling circus. Worked with the creative director to ensure scores supported the themes, energy and timing of each act. Programmed MIDI sequences with flexible timing to follow cues while maintaining a consistent tempo and meter. Served as bandleader and keyboardist for over 500 performances while on tour.

Composed, performed and recorded scores for contemporary circus productions featured at the Moisture Festival in Seattle.

Four Types of Noise
Designed a quadraphonic audio installation with interactive elements.

A 12-hour piano solo and environment for multidisciplinary improvisation.

Cartesian Split
Composed musical score for and co-directed this circus-theatre production.

Inside Out
Created and performed in outdoor installations and concerts in unexpected locations.

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