Clifton Ingram

Julius Eastman Fellow


“I consider my work to be more experimental, in opposition to an avant-garde impulse. I do not view my work as being ahead of anything in a modernist sense, perhaps simply because it is constantly in the way of itself.”

— Clifton Ingram


Clifton Ingram is a Boston-based composer and performer (Rested Field, guitars & electronics). His music aims to approach and retreat from itself along the fault lines of the musical and extra-musical — hidden objects, delicate obstinance, self-devouring ornamentation (self-replication/mutation), hastily decanted surfaces — the expression of an unreliable narrator.

Ingram has written music for pianist Andy Costello, pianist/composer Marti Epstein, clarinetist Chuck Furlong, cellist Steve Marotto, bass-baritone Joshua Scheid, percussionist Matt Sharrock, Castle of our Skins, Equilibrium Ensemble, Joint Venture Percussion Duo, Ludovico Ensemble, Music of Reality, and Transient Canvas.

Ingram holds a MM in Composition from The Boston Conservatory, where he studied under the tutelage of Jan Swafford and Andy Vores. His music has been released by Experimental Sound Studio (OSCILLATIONS 2016 Mixtape | Chicago IL) and Dismissive Records (Four Instrumentals, 2015 | Denver CO).