Works performed by Earplay:

Here Come the Waterworks

Hailed by the American Academy of Arts and Letters as a composer of music "imbued with an extraordinary wit and intelligence", A.J. McCaffrey strives to write music that tells a story. A.J. has been commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Tanglewood Music Center and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and his music has been performed by the American Composers Orchestra and members of the the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Critics have singled out A.J.'s distinctive musical personality for attention. The Boston Globe praised his work for the New Fromm Players as "loopy and charming", and the Glasgow Herald described him as having "a voice that leaps out and grabs you." His 2013 Underwood Emerging Composers Commission, Motormouth, was premiered by the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in November 2014, the same year he received the prestigious Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

A.J. holds degrees in music from Rice University, The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and the University of Southern California, and has been a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and the Aspen Music Festival and School. A passionate educator, A.J. was one of the founding instructors for the Los Angeles Philharmonic's groundbreaking Composer Fellowship Program. In the fall of 2014, he joined the music faculty of the California State University at Northridge. A.J. currently lives in Los Angeles with his family. For more information and to hear audio clips of his music, please visit his website.

[from program for April 8, 2019 concert]