Adam Reifsteck is a New York City-based composer, producer, and arts entrepreneur. Whether writing for small ensembles, producing electronic music, or performing improvised group compositions on Wi-Fi-connected laptops, Reifsteck creates dynamic, futuristic sound worlds and brings new audiences to classical music.
The desire to express the collective human experience in musical form is central to the creative philosophy of Reifsteck whose collaborators range from string quartets and university choirs to visual and electronic artists. He embraces improvisatory approaches to composition that go beyond the notes on the page to connect the performers with the listeners on a deeper sensory level and believes in creating accessible concert experiences that resonate with diverse audiences.
Recipient of grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, and the Kalamazoo (MI) Community Foundation, his music has been performed by the Attacca Quartet, Amernet String Quartet, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, Duquesne University Chamber Singers, Flutronix, Gaudete Brass Quintet, Mana Saxophone Quartet, Western Michigan University Chorale, and other ensembles.
Drawing upon his music technology background, Reifsteck is also an active recording engineer and producer whose studio alias SONIC FEAR has become synonymous with lush, genre-bending sounds—from dance floor ready tracks to downtempo meditations—that transport listeners to an exciting digital realm. Reifsteck is the founder and CEO of Teknofonic Recordings, an independent record label that supports forward-thinking artists producing genre-bending electronic dance music and gives a platform for emerging talent to reach diverse audiences. At its core, the label seeks to unite adventurous listeners with the boundary-crossing creators who are not afraid to revolutionize the electronic dance music scene.
Reifsteck holds a master’s of music degree in composition from Western Michigan University and a bachelor’s of music in music technology from Duquesne University. He is a member of Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), the Manhattan Producers Alliance, and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.