Ohio-born Dorian Wallace is a composer, pianist, teacher, and activist. His work explores the unconscious experience, reflective political questions, theatrics, and often features elements of improvisation. He is a co-founding artistic director of Tenth Intervention, a progressive new music collective based in New York City. Wallace is also the conductor and bandleader of The Free Sound Ahn-somble, an improvisational septendectet.
His compositions have been performed worldwide at venues such as The Greene Space at WNYC & WQXR, Pompidou Centre, Palais Jacques Coeur, The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, National Sawdust, Universidad de Costa Rica, and GK Arts Center. Wallace has composed and collaborated with artists including Robert Ashley, Seneca Black, The Cleveland Orchestra Piano Trio, Composers Concordance, Experiments In Opera, John King, Dave Liebman, Frank London, Matt Marks, Charlotte Mundy, New Vintage Baroque, Periapsis Music and Dance, Paul Pinto, RIOULT Dance, John Sanborn, Son Lux, Aleksandra Vrebalov, and Pamela Z. A pianist and improviser, Wallace is a founding member of the surrealist nightclub act Trystero, and performs regularly with free improvisation quintet AmmoCake.
In addition to composing and performing, Wallace is a dedicated educator, teaching lessons, lectures, and master classes in Ichonautics, his conceptual approach to music philosophy, composition and improvisation.. He has taught internationally, including Juilliard, Columbia University, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Universidad de Costa Rica. He was recently invited as a guest lecturer to New York University’s Precarious Sounds / / Sounding Sanctuary conference in February 2018 to discuss experimental music and capitalism.
One of New York City's most notable accompanists for dance, Wallace plays ballet, contemporary, improvisation, and choreography dance classes at Barnard College of Columbia University, Martha Graham Dance Company, Juilliard, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, Ballet Hispanico, Kat Wildish Presents, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Doug Varone and Dancers, and many more.
He studied composition, music theory, improvisation, and piano with Sebastian Birch, Pat Pace, Tom Janson, Frank Wiley, Mark Pakman, Donna Lee, and Chas Baker. He is currently enrolled at Montclair State University pursuing a degree in Music Therapy. Wallace served 10 years in the US Army.
He currently resides in Harlem, New York City