Kameron Sheffield is a Composer-Performer based in Detroit, MI. Kameron holds a Bachelor's in Music Composition from the University of Missouri--Kansas City (c/o 2019) and also graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy (c/o 2014). As a composer, Kameron straddles the line between music and what he refers to as 'sound art'. After all, music is just sounds arranged in a particular order over time. Kameron has been commissioned by artists such as: Ariel Downs, and the Parlando School of Musical Arts. He is also a proponent of new music, premiering works by: Seth Andrew Davis, Laura Whitney-Johnson, Alex Williams, TJ Martin, Tim J Harte, and many more.
Kameron has studied with:
Composition: Paul Rudy, Cynthia Van Maanen, James Mobberley, Chen Yi, Mara Gibson, Phillip DeWalt and Zhou Long
Saxophone: Zach Shemon, Matthew Schlomer, James Barrera, and Gary Gould
Clarinet: Adrienne Geffen and Gary Gould
Flute: Mary Posses
Conducting: Matthew Schlomer
Photo by John Brant
It is of the utmost importance to always be looking toward the future and innovation, while still maintaining and enhancing the work that has come before. In terms of my own compositions, I look at my music like a piece of literature. Though music theory is not an element that I focus on exclusively when composing, I include themes and symbols to answer questions I am asked or pose for myself. I often convey non-musical concepts with sound, and through this, I hope to give listeners an encapsulating and multi-faceted experience—not only for their ears but for their minds and souls.
I feel art must embody four traits. MERAKI (soul, passion, genuineness), DUENDE (expression, connection), ÉPATER LE BOURGEOIS (progress, forward momentum, shock value), and SISU (resilience through struggle). I've chosen words from different languages because their meaning transcends their translation. These elements are at the core of my artistic process.
Photo by: John Brant