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Keith Kusterer is an entrepreneur, composer, songwriter, teacher, multi-instrumentalist, playwright, filmmaker, producer and curator for the arts. He writes music and script for both the concert stage and interdisciplinary performance projects while collaborating with artists in the fields of theater, film, light design and dance. Of late, Keith's work has grown to embrace both a surrealist and absurdist core focus and continues to be programmed internationally by groups and institutions such as Equilibrium New MusicAcoustic Uproar, Thin Edge New Music Collective, Chicago Composers' Consortium, Experimental Sound Studio Chicago, Calgary Classical Revolution, Juventas Ensemble, Transient Canvas, Fifth Floor Collective, Royal Conservatory of Antwerp, Tufts University Department of Drama and Dance, The Boston Conservatory Wind EnsembleChicago Fringe Festival, McGill University, Marcus High School Texas Color Guard, Chicago Composers Orchestra, Fulcrum Point New Music Project and ensembles/musicians having been in residence at both Columbia College-Chicago and the Boston Conservatory. His recent work for wind ensemble, 'Of Patina', has been released and distributed by Albany Records. His latest studio album 'The Lifetime Battery' will be released in Fall 2019.

Keith received a graduate degree in composition at The Boston Conservatory (M.M ‘13), fulfilling a teaching assistantship with the music history department and private study with composers Marti Epstein and Curtis Hughes. He graduated as valedictorian from Columbia College-Chicago (B.M ’11) as a student of the composer Marcos Balter and pianist Bette Coulson. He currently lives in Chicago with his wife Christina Pecce, a singing actress with a rising career in opera, cabaret and musical theater.