Earnest Woodall

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Earnest Woodall
Origin Commack, New York
Flag of New York.svg New York
 United States
Genres Avant-garde
20th-century classical music
Occupations guitarist, composer, sound engineer
Years active 1988–present
Labels Zephyrwood Music
Website http://www.ewoodall.com/

Earnest Woodall (born July 24, 1959) is an American composer. Born in Bay Shore, New York and raised in suburban Long Island, New York, Woodall took up the guitar at age 10, inspired by rock, blues and jazz players. A local teacher Peter Rogine introduced him to the music of Philip Glass, Steve Reich and John Adams, as well as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Thelonious Monk and coming of age with the progressive music of Yes, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and Pink Floyd which sparked a lifelong love of both 20th-century classical music, progressive rock and jazz. Earnest Woodall soon attended the Five Towns College of Music and then the Berklee College of Music, later moving into the local music scene of the New York Tri-State area with a wide variety of bandleaders and musicians.

Establishing himself as a rare artist that can play more than one style of music with true fluency, virtuosity and sincerity. Earnest Woodall proves it on his 2004 Zephyrwood Music release, Time to Think. The album finds him confirming his reputation as an original and innovative composer / performer.

As well as recording his own music Woodall also composed and recorded music for many independent films from 1992–2000 and also has received two Meet the Composer grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Composers Program

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Woodall found himself in the center of the cassette tape underground culture and was reviewed by the most popular underground music zines of the time such as Option, Fact-Sheet Five, Tape Op, Ear, Wired, The Improviser, New Music Journal, See-Hear, and Creative Alternative.

Woodall also pulls a lot of influence from the eclectic randomness of Frank Zappa and the sounds produced by various progressive rock bands such as early Genesis, Peter Gabriel, Yes, and King Crimson.


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Composition work[edit]

Album Year
Albert's Warning 1988
House of Stairs 1988
Dirty Water 1990
Mad Man of 1st Avenue 1991
Three Worlds 1992
Abstract Paragraph 1995
Legerdemain 1997
Ergot Brew 1997
Strike, Light, Puff 1998
13 2000
Pictures in Mind 2002
Time to Think 2004
Sphere Acid Burn 2008
Slumber 2013
Random Transmutation 2014

Guitar work[edit]

Album Year
Guitar Works 1994
Live @ Benson Hall Cafe 2006

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External links[edit]

Official site[edit]

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