Darcy Copeland is a Chicago based composer whose work is inspired by tactile experimentation that moves between the visceral and the ethereal, often motivated by  a philosophical, yet playful curiosity and desire to ask questions about the human experience. Her sound world often gravitates towards noise, subtlety, and contrast. 

She is co-founder of Wire+ Duo with composer and guitarist Drew Farrar, a duo focused on performing improvisational and experimental works for electric guitar and contact mic'd cello, and has performed in a number of venues throughout Chicago as a soloist and within ensembles. She is 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 to write a work to be performed there under the guidance of Chaya Czernowin and Zosha Di Castri.

Darcy's work is also informed by her experiences as a cellist, flutist, and mezzo-soprano, often drawing on improvisation and physical gesture as a means to finding musical meaning.

photo by Kathryn Ewa

photo by Kathryn Ewa