Brian Riordan is a composer, performer, improviser, producer, and sound artist originally from Chicago, Illinois and is entering his fourth year as a PhD student in music composition and theory at University of Pittsburgh. His research interests involve real-time digital signal processing, and laptop performance aesthetics. Brian comes from a very diverse musical background and creates music that reflects the eclecticism that he has experienced. He has also studied folkloric drumming in Havana Cuba, and Morelia Mexico. As an avid collaborator, he has performed in numerous ensembles ranging from rock, jazz, classical, and experimental throughout the United States. His compositions have been performed by The JACK Quartet, Wet Ink Ensemble, The Meridian Arts Ensemble, The H2 Quartet, Alia Musica, and his compositions have been featured at SICPP, New Music On The Point, SPLICE, and The Walden Creative Musicians Retreat. He is also a co-director for the C:ompiler new music concert series.