Works performed by Earplay:

Lickety Split

Carlos Simon is a native of Atlanta, Georgia whose music ranges from concert music for large and small ensembles to film scores with influences of jazz, gospel, and neo-romanticism. Simon is the Composer-in-Residence for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Simon's latest album, My Ancestor's Gift, was released on the Navona Records label in April 2018. Described as an "overall driving force" (Review Graveyard) and featured on Apple Music's Albums to Watch, My Ancestor's Gift incorporates spoken word and historic recordings to craft a multifaceted program of musical works inspired as much by the past as by the present.

As a part of the Sundance Institute, held at the historic Skywalker Ranch, Simon was named as a Sundance Composer Fellow in 2018. His string quartet Elegy honoring the lives of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner was recently performed at the Kennedy Center for the Mason Bates JFK Jukebox Series. With support from the US Embassy in Tokyo and US/Japan Foundation, Simon traveled with the Asia/America New Music Institute (AANMI) on a two-week tour of Japan in 2018, performing concerts in some of the most sacred temples and concert spaces in Japan, including Suntory Hall in Tokyo.

Simon earned his doctorate degree at the University of Michigan, where he studied with Michael Daugherty and Evan Chambers. He has also received degrees from Georgia State University and Morehouse College. Additionally, he studied in Baden, Austria at the Hollywood Music Workshop with Conrad Pope and at New York University's Film Scoring Summer Workshop.

His website is

[from program for March 21, 2022 concert]