Christina Rusnak is a multifaceted composer whose work reflects a diversity of styles and points of view. Actively seeking to integrate art and geography into her work, her goal is to compose music that is thought provoking and engages the performers as well as the audience.
Cloudburst, released in 2007 on ERM Media’s Masterworks of the New Era v. 10, launched Ms. Rusnak’s musical exploration of place and space. The Dallas Contemporary Museum commissioned her to create a work celebrating their new art space at 161 Glass in 2009. At Homestead National Monument in 2012, she composed Free Land commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Homestead Act. The same year, Parma Recordings released Kyripo on the “Slices” album. Her electro-acoustic piece, FEAR: The Unspoken Geography was chosen in 2013 for the 12th Annual CSUF New Music Festival: Voice in the 21st Century. Teklanika was performed at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in 2013. North Cascades National Park has chosen Ms. Rusnak as a 2014 Artist in Residence. Parma Recordings is releasing her jazz compilation, Chat, Chill, Highline, December 2014.
Three Representative Works:
“Chill” for jazz ensemble
"Coal Creek" for bass clarinet, two violins, and marimba
"Kyripo" for solo piano
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Oregon Connection: I moved to Portland in October 2012. A significant aspect of my work is how music and sound intersect with wild places. Oregon is the perfect place to explore the culture of our landscape. I've composed work after a 40 mile hike along the Rogue and In 2014, Ms. Rusnak composed chamber works both in honor of the newest state park, Cottonwood Canyon - Canyon Voices, and for Mt. Adams Wilderness, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.