Darcy Copeland is a Chicago based composer whose work is inspired by tactile experimentation that moves between the visceral and the ethereal. Her work is often motivated by a philosophical, yet playful curiosity and desire to ask questions about the human experience; recently, her work has focused on themes of vulnerability and brutality. Her sound world often gravitates towards noise, the exploitation of subtlety, an exploration of sonic contrast and experiments in new combinations of sounds.
She is co-founder of Wire+ with composer and guitarist Drew Farrar, a duo focused on performing improvisational and experimental works for electric guitar and contact mic'd cello. She is also an active presence in Chicago's contemporary music scene, working for groups such as Ensemble Dal Niente and Spektral Quartet, and frequently collaborating with fellow performers and composers on a multitude of projects. She has recently been a resident at Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity's EQ: Evolution of the String Quartet program, working with Elixir Baroque String Quartet under the guidance of Chaya Czernowin and Zosha Di Castri. Recent commissions include even the words that we are speaking now, written for and premiered by ~Nois saxophone quartet, and an upcoming duo for percussionist Kyle Flens and clarinetist Katie Schoepflin.
Darcy's work is also informed by her experiences as a cellist, flutist, and mezzo-soprano. As a cellist, she has performed in a number of her peers' recitals, collaborated with colleagues and composers, has performed publicly both solo and within Wire+, and has performed in collegiate ensembles.