About

Born and raised in southeast Minnesota, J. A. J. Sedarski Rice is a self taught composer, pianist, and vocalist who’s musical journey has taken him to Boston, MA where he is now based. “Showing a deeper understanding of harmony,” Sedarski’s music is a dynamic mixture of innovation and tradition that finds excitement in the extraordinary and peace in simplicity. His inspirations can range from family memories to philosophical literature.

As a young composer, his work has been performed by the MIVOS Quartet in various student readings, the Juventas New Music Ensemble, and in a production of The Vagina Monologues in Rochester, Minnesota. His first year of university, he was awarded the 2020 Composition Competition with Performance with Orchestra from the School of Music at Boston University for his work Variants for Orchestra. In the past year, Sedarski has self produced more than three albums and two singles dramatically adding to the young composer’s repertoire. His work has also appeared in various media from Reformed University Fellowship at Boston University. This semester, his work will have performances by the Boston University Symphony Orchestra, and the Juventas New Music Ensemble for a world premiere of his work Promesa. The spring 0f 2022 his work La Ola will have its world premiere performance by Sound Icon under the baton of Jeffery Means.

Working for the Juventas New Music Ensemble, the organization received multiple publication features including from the Boston Globe, Boston Musical Intelligencer, WGBH, and more. Their 2020-2021 season entitled “Now More Than Ever”, gathered more than +10,000 livestream views and a feature from WGBH. The organization also received The American Prize Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music, 2019-20 in the professional division.

Besides music, his interests include spending time with his family and friends, being active, gardening, and the films of Danny Kaye.