Composer Nights

A partnership between Zeitgeist and The New Ruckus

Formerly known as the Tuesday Salon

Composer Nights are for people who invent original music. If you created it, we want to hear it — whether it’s a grand premiere, a work in progress, a risky test run or a polished old favorite!

Composer Nights are for people who love listening to music to encounter strange and beautiful sounds while they are still new, and to talk face to face with the people who create them.

These events are friendly, fun, and always surprisingly varied.

Come to share, come to ask, come to listen.

What’s the format?

Four (±) composers present their work, and then chat with the audience. Some ask for critical feedback. Others simply want their work to be heard, and to connect with others with a passion for musical adventure.

Afterwards, we hang out at Studio Z and socialize. It’s always a fascinating crowd! Sometimes people mosey over to The Black Dog.

Who can present their music?

Anyone! It’s first come, first served. 

Although they’re called  “Composer Nights,” these events are for all people who invent new music: improvisers, songwriters, sound artists, and those seeking refuge from categorization. The Semantic Police are not on duty here.

There are no genre or style limitations. There is no audition or application. There is no background check or blood test. All are welcome.

The only requirements:

  • It must be original music.
  • It must fit the time and space constraints.
  • You must provide your own performers, and any instruments not available at Studio Z.

Full guidelines are on the sign-up page. Interested? Go for it! You can get in line now, and decide what you want to do later. 

Questions? Please ask. 

Who’s behind it?

Heather Barringer has been hosting these events at Studio Z since the beginning in April 2004.  Paul Cantrell has been the MC and official redhead since 2005. Mike Coyle tirelessly coordinates the chaos behind the scenes, and Katherine Bergman is Studio Z’s star director of marketing.

The series was the brainchild of Franz Kamin. Matthew Smith helped start it, and the American Composers Forum sponsored it for many years (as the “Tuesday Salon”) until The New Ruckus took up the torch.


Next event:
Tuesday, July 15

Featuring the music of:
Karel Suchy
Reed Wilson
Thomas Johanson

Studio Z
275 E 4th Street, St. Paul


Future Composer Nights

June 17 (Tue) — 1 slot left
July 15 (Tue) — 2 slots left

 Get on the mailing list to find out when more are scheduled!