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Pierce Gradone is a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music currently based in Chicago. His music has been performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia by some of the world’s leading ensembles, and has been lauded by as “engaging” (Chicago Tribune) and “gorgeous” (I Care If You Listen). A Florida native, Pierce’s music reflects the heterogenous musical landscape in which he was raised: from the ecstatic energy of Pentecostal shouting music to the deep-pocket grooves of jazz-funk. Trained as a bassist, Pierce’s music finds resonance with his experience as an orchestral bassist, a performer of contemporary music, and as a musician embedded within the varied practices of jazz, rock, and pop. His creative approach is predicated on a commitment to meaningful collaborations with practitioners not only in music, but in visual and performing arts, as well the sciences. Please visit the About page to learn more about Pierce and his current projects.