Galen Bremer is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. His work focuses on experimentation using noise, modular synthesis, improvisation, and elements of performance art. Bremer began studying music at the age of eight -- later expanding to serious study of the guitar and bass. By the age of sixteen, Bremer led various ensembles and appeared as first guitar in multiple theater productions including Les Miserables, Tommy, Little Shop of Horrors, and The Full Monty.
Bremer earned his B.A. in Music: Jazz Studies from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where he focused on contemporary music, keyboard harmony, and improvisation under Tom Coppola (Air, Googie & Coppola, Saturday Night Live), and music theory, composition, and semiotics under Horace Maxile (Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College Chicago), among others.
Bremer’s original compositions have accompanied film and dance works in collaboration with artists such as Nancy Allison, Emma Hoette, Zoe Rabinowitz and Anne Zuerner, at venues including the West End Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Hunter College, Invisible Dog Art Center, Dance Theatre of Harlem, New York City Center, Lincoln Center, and the Great Friends Dance Festival in Newport, RI.
An avid improviser, Bremer regularly contributes to the Holidays For the Future series and has accompanied dance improvisation classes throughout The Joffrey Experience, A Summer Dance Intensive for the Advanced Dancer. He appears on FatCat Records with New York based art rock band, Forest Fire. His music has been described as "ominous" (The New York Times), "mesmerizing" (Off Off Off Dance), and "addictive, hypnotic" (Pitchfork Media). He was recently an artist in residence at Fleet Moves Dance Festival in Wellfleet, MA and is a 2016 Marble House Project Resident in Dorset, VT.
Bremer is currently the Associate Director of Dance Films Association, a New York based non-profit since 1956, and a producer of the Dance on Camera Festival co-presented by Dance Films Association and Film Society of Lincoln Center.