Shelley Washington

Let's Make Some Noise Together

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Thank you for listening!

A Kind of Lung was written for a diverse ensemble expressing an experience we all share - breathing together. Commissioned by the Bang on a Can Summer Festival, where I was a fellow in 2017.

Naomi Johnson- flute
Erlan Kasabolotov- Sabyzgy
Hunter Long- Paetzold Contrabass Recorder
Khushbakht Niyozov- Rubab
Sayat Yeshmatov- Dombra
Shannon Reilly Steigerwald- Violin
Nick Photinos- Cello
Nadezda Filippova- Piano
Caitlin Cawley- Percussion / Vibraphone
Kevin Zetina- Percussion / Drum Set

Live performance was from the premiere concert held at Mass MoCa on July 31, 2017.

The Workers' Dreadnought

For Electric Guitar Quartet

Live performance on May 7th, 2017 at Spectrum, New York, NY.


Aaron Garcia
Andrew Noseworthy
Oliver Hickman
Caleb J Abner




The Third Colossus

For Orchestra

Written for and premiered by the New York University Orchestra on May 8, 2017 as part of their annual composer competition. Conducted by Eduardo Leandro. Recorded live in Frederick Loewe Theatre, New York, NY.


Piano + Double Bass + Drum Set + Vibraphone

Written for and premiered by Bearthoven at NYU Steinhardt, April 3rd, 2017.

Karl Larson, piano
Pat Swoboda, double bass
Matt Evans, vibraphone and drum set

Recorded live by Aaron Garcia


Solo Baritone Saxophone

Inspired by some of my favorite licks that Charles Mingus ever wrote, this solo baritone saxophone piece is meant to swing hard.

Mingus wrote and performed some of the most influential jazz music in our history, and his library of repertoire spans an enormous breadth and depth of emotions. The passion, the rage, the soul, the fiery energy. Mingus was a man possessed. This piece serves to be my own small reflection in tribute to the "Angry Man of Jazz."

Live world premiere performed by me, Shelley Washington, in November of 2016.


For String Quartet using Voice + Body Percussion

Live premiere by the Schiele Quartet :

Molly Anronson
Mujan Hosseinzadeh
Michelle Painter
Adrianne Munden-Dixon

November 4th, 2016 in New York City. All text (lyrics and poetry) written by Shelley Washington.


For String Quartet

Written for my family who I love so much. 

World premiere by JACK Quartet in New York City, Spring 2016.