William Brittelle was raised in the 1980’s in small town North Carolina by his mother, a painter, and his father, a former pro athlete. He has spent the majority of his artistic life attempting to bridge the gap between pop music and NYC’s revitalized downtown classical scene. His primary mentors include Mike Longo, longtime pianist/arranger for Dizzy Gillespie, and Pulitzer prize-winning composer David Del Tredici. In 2003, his piece Seven Songs of Zen, Love, and Longing was released on Peacock Records by Anti-Social Music. With his rock band The Blondes, he performed on stages like Irving Plaza on bills with members of The Ramones, Pere Ubu, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Secret Machines. The Blondes' debut album, produced by legendary punk guitar god Richard Lloyd (Television), was noted a number of top-ten lists and received mainstream and indie radio play. In 2004, Brittelle suffered a career ending vocal injury while performing at NYC's Knitting Factory, forcing The Blondes to disband and leading Brittelle to start lip-synching his vocal parts. In 2006, Brittelle received an emerging composer grant from the American Composers Forum with funds provided by the Jerome Foundation for the creation of Mohair Time Warp, a full-length art-music concept album featuring live musicians, and lip-synched vocals. Brittelle has since been featured on All Things Considered, in Time Out NY, on WYNC's Soundcheck (CD pick of the month) and New Sounds, in Seattle's Icebreaker Festival curated by Alex Ross and Kyle Gann, the Festival Internacional in Chihuahua, Mexico, and Pittsburgh's Music on the Edge series. In addition to his composing and performing schedule, Brittelle is co-director of New Amsterdam Records.
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