Bill Whitley works with shapes and patterns, correlating musical materials to kinetic sculpture. His music is defined by interlocking, often hypnotic patterns interspersed with passages of intense rhythmic energy, while placing linear content in the foreground.

“Ad emergere, distintiva, è una vena narrativa che si esplica nella studiata interpolazione di incisivi episodi melodici e ritmici, insieme a momenti di sospeso e incantato lirismo.” — Filippo Focosi, Kothodik eZine, October 2017

(A distinctive narrative that emerges is the interpolation of incisive melodic and rhythmic episodes, together with moments of suspended and enchanted lyricism.)

“… exceptional command of melody and compositional form. The music…stands head and shoulders above others of its ilk…” – Textura eZine, August 2017 review of Bill’s I Dream Awake recording.

“Whitley composes music of integrity and sophistication that’s also disarmingly accessible—not an easy combination to achieve, even if he makes it sound easy…” — Textura eZine, August 2017

Whitley’s music has been performed primarily in Italy, Russia, and in the United States by ensembles and performers ranging from symphony orchestra to solo electric guitar. Commissions consist of chamber, choral, vocal, and orchestral works. His most recent work, Meditazioni sulla Dharmachakra, was commissioned by electric guitar and piano duo KUBIN in Milan. His most recent release, THEN ELEPHANT SPEAKS features the title track, written for Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbado’s “Crossover Ensemble.”

His recordings have been reviewed in Fanfare Magazine, American Record Guide, Take Effect Reviews, Aural Awakenings, Review Graveyard, Cinemusical, Infodad, and Midwest Record, and have been broadcast live on Radio Horizon 93.9 (Johannesburg, South Africa), CKUW (Winnipeg), WPRB (Princeton NJ), WTUL (New Orleans), HRT (Croatia), KALX (Berkeley), WRUV (Burlington), and WMBR (Cambridge).

Whitley’s music is recorded on Da Vinci Edition, Navona Records, Ravello Records, and Teal Creek Music and his sacred choral works are published by Trinitas Choral Series.

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August 21, 2019
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Albums

Absent Light

Release Date: August 27, 2021
Catalog Number: RR8054
21st Century
Avant-Garde
Chamber
Electronic
Guitar
Piano
Peeling back the complex layers of Bill Whitley's ethereal ABSENT LIGHT, one is astounded to see how this music could at once be so serene, yet technically intricate.
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Then Elephant Speaks

Release Date: August 23, 2019
Catalog Number: RR8016
21st Century
Chamber
Solo Instrumental
Electronic
Percussion
Piano
Composer Bill Whitley is no stranger to storytelling through the art of composition. Central themes in his works include that of embarking on a journey, the thrill and spontaneity of discovery, and the comfort and reflectiveness of the eventual returning home. These form a story arc as old as time, beautifully transcribed and made new through Whitley’s compositions.
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Mind & Machine

Release Date: August 10, 2018
Catalog Number: RR7994
21st Century
Avant-Garde
Chamber
Electroacoustic
Electronic
MIND & MACHINE is the first of two electro-acoustic compilations to be released on RAVELLO RECORDS. Featuring the work of seven composers on six tracks, MIND & MACHINE explores the incredible range of works that can be categorized as electro-acoustic, a music in which styles are dictated by the technology that is at the heart of its performance. As far-ranging as are the works themselves are the composers of these pieces.
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I Dream Awake

Release Date: August 11, 2017
Catalog Number: RR7971
21st Century
Chamber
Guitar
Piano
Saxophone
Exciting new Ravello Records release I DREAM AWAKE consists of chamber music composed by new PARMA composer Bill Whitley. Whitley’s music is characterized by meditative and trance-like qualities inspired by various forms of meditation practice, and, above all, the artistic installations of Alexander Calder. Indeed, Whitley’s music seems to be primarily concerned with depicting and embodying experiences, whether they be sensory, natural, spiritual, or human experiences.
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