Caleb Burhans

Caleb Burhans (b. 1980) is a multifaceted presence on the New York music scene who is active both as a performer (strings, voice) and composer. Hailed by the New York Times as “animated and versatile,” and as “New York’s mohawked Mozart” by Time Out New York, Caleb has been commissioned by Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress and the Kronos Quartet, to name just a few. 

Caleb’s debut album Evensong was named one of NPR’s top 50 albums of 2013. His works have been performed by ensembles such as JACK Quartet, Roomful of Teeth, eighth blackbird, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street. As one half of the duo itsnotyouitsme (along with Grey Mcmurray), he has also scored the documentary films A Woman Like That and The Pearl, and has released four studio albums.

In addition to his work on television (SNL, Colbert, Letterman) and Broadway (Hamilton, Mean Girls), Caleb is a founding member of Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble Signal and the Wordless Music Orchestra. He is also a member of the American Contemporary Music Ensemble, Newspeak and the disco band Escort. He has worked with artists ranging from Yoko Ono, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, The National, Arcade Fire, and Blonde Redhead to Max Richter, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Steve Reich, La Monte Young, Meredith Monk, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon, John Zorn, George Crumb and Caroline Shaw.

As a conductor, Caleb has worked with the London Sinfonietta and the Wordless Music Orchestra and he has done choral preparation for John Adams, Brad Lubman and David Robertson. In 2015, he contracted the orchestra for eight performances with Björk at Carnegie Hall and Kings Theatre, culminating in the recording of Vulincura Live.

Caleb attended the Eastman School of Music where he holds degrees in composition and viola performance.  He resides in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, Martha Cluver, and their daughter. His second album, Past Lives, will be released on Cantaloupe Music in March 2019.

For more information, visit his website.


Caleb Burhans: Evensong (promo trailer)

oh ye of little faith... (do you know where your children are?) - Alarm Will Sound