"REDSHIFT is not normal, you understand. But that's a good thing" 
                    - San Francisco Classical Voice


Founded in 2007, REDSHIFT is committed to performing contemporary music with “dazzling technique and out-of-box creativity” (Lucid Culture NY). With home bases in multiple cities, the ensemble draws on vast experience performing all types of classical music—from the traditional to wildly experimental—and enthusiastically presents new works in traditional and nontraditional settings. Audiences rave about the ensemble's ability to ignite their interest in contemporary music through thoughtful programming and presentation. The ensemble regularly collaborates with many composers and sound artists, and strives to perform new, adventurous, or unusual music in a context that all listeners can understand and enjoy.


Through its season of performances and educational residencies, REDSHIFT's appearances regularly feature commissions and world premieres from composers working in a range of styles and at varied career stages. The musicians support the creation of new artistic works particularly from emerging composers, and strive to showcase the diversity of musical trends and styles active across the country. Since 2012, REDSHIFT has been in-residence at Cal State University, East Bay in Hayward, CA, and regularly appears in New York City and the Bay Area.


As entrepreneurs and specialists in 20th and 21st century music, the members of REDSHIFT individually perform, teach, commission, record, and curate projects year-round. In addition to REDSHIFT, they are all members of an extremely diverse roster of ensembles and organizations including Sqwonk, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Hotel Elefant, Seattle Modern Orchestra, Areon Flutes, Transit, Birds & Batteries, Magik*Magik Orchestra, KATES, and many more. They are also founders, administrators, and board members of successful organizations and festivals such as the Switchboard Music Festival, Omaha Under the Radar Festival, and the Wild Shore Festival for New Music.