Bryan Donald-DeVoe Schumann (June 11, 1985 - ) is an American composer who was born and raised in the small town of Pine City, Minnesota. He received a B.A. Music degree from Augsburg College in 2007, where he studied composition with Carol Barnett and Vladan Milenkovic.
Schumann often uses visualization and imagery as inspiration for musical compositions. In his orchestral work, Bird Toy, the musical themes and formal sections where inspired by his cat Siegfried chasing a noise-making bird toy around his apartment. Schumann shares the same philosophy as the great Duke Ellington when he said, “If it sounds good, it is good”.
In the last three years Schumann has been commissioned to compose two new works: one for concert band and one for orchestra. His recent compositions include a sonata for trumpet and piano, a set of ten folk songs, a short piece for solo piano, and a transcription of the piano piece for brass quintet. In addition, his works have been performed locally, nationally, and internationally.
On June 26th, 2010, Schumann’s five movement brass quintet was performed at his wedding ceremony as a present to his bride, Kate Schumann.
In addition to composing music, Schumann operates Beznau Publishing, a multi-functional, music engraving studio, artist marketing and promotions agency, and online music shop.
I share the same philosophy as the great Duke Ellington when he said, “If it sounds good, it is good”. When composing, I combine my strong roots in jazz, rock, and pop with my training in classical styles and forms. I like to use lyrical, often pentatonic melodies accompanied by dense jazz harmonies and pulsating rhythms. Some techniques I often use while composing are melody in canon, planing chords, Klangfarbenmelodie, and rhythmic modulation. I often keep a classical form in mind as a rough guideline, but allow for organic growth and development of the form when the material demands it. I am always trying to create something more interesting and exciting than before. My goal is to keep the audience on the edge of their seats and actually listening, not just hearing.