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Dwight Goodyear

I was born in New Jersey in 1970 and grew up in a creative and intellectually stimulating household. My father was a physics teacher and mother is an art teacher. My passion for music was clear at a young age and, after my excitement upon seeing the film Woodstock (and especially Michael Shrieve's immortal drum solo) my mother encouraged me to take drum lessons at 8. I played drums in the school band until high school and then started playing guitar and piano as well. I played in a few bands and had a lot of fun. However, after hearing Michael Hedges in 1987 I decided to compose solo acoustic guitar pieces seriously. And after hearing Keith Jarrett in 1988 I decided to compose solo piano pieces seriously. After high school I studied music, film, and philosophy at William Paterson University in N.J.where I received my B.A. I then went on to study philosophy at the New School for Social Research where I received my Masters and Ph.D. Over the years of my musical development, I have embraced many diverse musical forms. I enjoy a great deal of free jazz and minimalism, shredding and intimate acoustic guitar pieces, classical and rock, and avant garde and pop. But I really love solo piano music and I tend to focus on that with some composing for small ensembles. As I have developed, I have become more and more interested in forging experimental connections between Western ideas of harmony and Japanese and/or Chinese musical traditions and aesthetics. In this effort I have been guided the most by the music of Claude Debussy, Toru Takemitsu, Teiji Ito, Jimi Hendrix, Keith Jarrett, and Cecil Taylor. These experiments are very diverse. Nonetheless, a certain quality pervades them which is the result of my desire to create what I call musical gates. To me, the symbol of the gate represents an entrance into an otherworldly realm of suspension where something mysterious, transcendent, or even terrifying is revealed. Therefore most of these compositions provide, at various points in their unfolding or in their unfolding as a whole, a strong sense of passing into an otherworldly musical space. I seek to utilize this strategy to evoke the mysteries of the beautiful, the uncanny, and the sublime. When I am not playing and composing music, I am spending time with my family or teaching at Westchester Community College in NY where I am associate professor of philosophy. I teach ancient philosophy, modern philosophy, ethics, logic, philosophy of love, and philosophy of art.