Darcy Copeland is a composer, performer, improvisor, and writer based in Chicago and Seattle whose work is inspired by tactile experimentation that moves between the visceral and the ethereal. Described as “rare and pure”, “marvelous”, and “especially effective” (Cacophony), her work is often motivated by a philosophical curiosity and desire to ask questions about the human experience. Recently, her work has focused on themes of vulnerability, brutality, and an exploration of sonic contrast and coexistence. Her work is often informed by improvisation, with influences stemming from her experience as a vocalist, flutist, and cellist. Her current research interests include exploring the physical embodiment of sound, intimacy of performance, and the dichotomy of live electronics with human performance in an interactive, responsive context.
Recent commissions include an upcoming world premiere of a duo for Kyle Flens (percussion) and Katie Schoepflin (clarinet), and even the words we are speaking now written for and performed by ~Nois saxophone quartet. She has been a composer-in-residence at Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity's EQ: Evolution of the String Quartet program, working with Elixir Baroque String Quartet to write a string quartet for their baroque instruments under the guidance of Chaya Czernowin, Zosha Di Castri, and Eybler Quartet. She has also been featured on Adam Shead’s Impro Jam Anniversary Compilation CD, which can be found here.
Darcy is also 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 with effects pedals. 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 performers and composers on a multitude of projects.