Dorian Wallace is a composer, improviser and pianist of contemporary classical music, new music, radical avant-garde, spontaneous improvisation and free jazz. His works encompass chamber ensembles, orchestral, opera, classical dance, vocal, percussion, electronic, improvisation, large jazz ensemble, and film. He is an activist for secularism, human rights, and homelessness.
He is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Tenth Intervention, a contemporary classical presenter in New York City. Tenth Intervention includes The Tenth Intervention Ensemble, a contemporary classical chamber ensemble with a flexible roster, The Free Sound Ahn-somble, an inventive and improvisational septendectet, and Trystero, a surreal night-club act that constructs theatrical performances and electronic music. Notable work includes We Are Legion, an immersive chamber work inspired by the hacktivist collective, Anonymous, The Rest !s Sh!t: Stories from the Microchasm, an opera-for-television, and his performance of Buddy, "The World's Greatest Piano Player" in Robert Ashley's opera-for-television Perfect Lives.
He has received commissions, performed and recorded with artists such as Robert Ashley, John Sanborn, Aleksandra Vrebalov, John King, Frank London, Dave Liebman, Seneca Black, The Cleveland Orchestra Piano Trio, Experiments In Opera, Composers Concordance, 42nd Parallel, Paperwing Ensemble, New Vintage Baroque, 1685, LottDance, The Shekinah Big Band, RIOULT Dance NY, 10 Hairy Legs, Alison Cook Beatty Dance, The Gwen Rakotovao Company, Shelter Repertory Dance Theatre, The Median Movement and TRIODance. His music has been performed in New York City, Bangkok, Cleveland, Paris, Mexico City, Chicago, Canton, and Los Angeles. He composed the score to Hernando Bensuelo's award winning film ”Last Look”, Tiger Chengliang Cai's "Six Dreams about A City", and the upcoming documentary “Requiem For A Bird” by Cylixe. Wallace is a staff musician and composer for dance at Barnard College of Columbia University, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, The Martha Graham Dance Company, The Juilliard School, Ballet Hispanico, Kat Wildish and Doug Varone and Dancers.