October 20 ‘Discovery Series’ Composers Announced

Late Night at National Sawdust is a quarterly live taping of Relevant Tones, a contemporary music podcast hosted by Seth Boustead that will also be broadcast in real time on the nationally syndicated WFMT Radio Network and on WKCR in New York.

The broadcast will be preceded by the Discovery Series, a process-oriented exploration of musical creativity led by composer/pianist Jeremy Gill.   The composers chosen for October 20 are Fernando Arruda, David S. Carter and Rogers Briggs.  Their works have been chosen from more than seven hundred submissions from around the world.


Fernando Arruda is a Brazilian sound professional and composer based in Brooklyn, New York. As a multi-instrumentalist performer (saxes, flute, clarinet, piano, acoustic guitar, EWI4000s and synths), composer, and sound designer, he merges live acoustic performances with heavily processed electronic music, ranging from orchestral music to jazz, all the way to underground and pop synth styles.

His work focuses on diversity, technical excellence, accurate emotional expression and originality. As an explorer of the many facets of the music scene in the world, he worked as a jazz and session musician in Australia and New York (2004-2010), as an audio engineer, composer and sound designer (2010-present), touring the USA as a sax player and DJ (Neon Hitch, Ariana and the Roses, Dark Inc. 2011-2012), as a teacher (Dubspot, The New School, Skill Share, privately, 2011-present), as musical director and sound designer for theater (La MaMa, The New School, NY Fringe, 2009-present) and as a composer for film and concert music (2012-present).


David S. Carter (b. San Antonio, Tex., 1973) is a composer and teacher based in Chicago, Illinois. He earned his doctorate in music composition at Northwestern University, where he has taught music theory and aural skills.

His principal composition teachers have been Lee Hyla, Jay Alan Yim, Aaron Travers, and Jonathon Grasse.






Roger Briggs‘ music is consistently praised as some of the most compelling, imaginative, and communicative music written in recent times.

Reviewers stress the music’s “rare power of communication” using words and phrases like: “delicate, haunting, trance-inducing”; “intrinsic appeal to the senses”; “brilliant and expansive”; “music that coaxes the imagination to unconscious imagery”; “immersion in atmosphere and color’.

His music is being performed in the U.S., Europe and South America by ensembles like the London Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Symphony, the Seattle Symphony and others. His chamber works are performed by respected groups like the Da Capo Chamber Players, the New Performance Group, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Fear No Music, Zephyr, Third Angle and the Buffalo New Music Ensemble.

He has received numerous commissions, grants, awards, and prizes for his work.