Adrian Bridges is a New York City-based guitarist, composer, and sound designer. Adrian brings a rich historical perspective, formal technique, and a collaborative approach to new compositions and performances in music and theater, creating a sound that is simultaneously familiar and fresh.
At age six, Adrian began his formal musical training, studying classical guitar at Philadelphia’s esteemed Settlement Music School, where he would continue through high school. He moved to New York to pursue a bachelor’s degree in jazz guitar at New York University, where he was honored as a Presser Scholar and graduated summa cum laude. He completed his master’s in composition at NYU as well, studying with Ezequiel Viñao, focusing on jazz-inflected concert compositions, erasing the boundaries between classical, jazz, and other popular music.
Living in New York, Adrian was drawn to the world of theater, collaborating with other artists across mediums in a variety of settings. He excels at orchestra roles which require doubling on guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass, and percussion, and he elevates productions through his sound design and composition. Building on his composition background, he records, modulates, and layers effects to create vivid and familiar settings, weaving sounds together like instruments in an ensemble. He continues to work with companies such as Less Than Rent Theater (Little Town Blues, Diva–winner of Best Musical and Audience Favorite at The 2013 United Solo Theatre Festival), Artilliers (A Dream Play, Sea/Sick), Kaleid Theatre (Eurydice, Glow, No Place Like, Take/Sacrifice), and Theater In Asylum (¡Olé!, The Debates).
As a guitarist, Adrian has performed with a variety of groups, from classical and jazz to rock, bluegrass, and funk at venues all over the world including, Town Hall (New York), World Café Live (Philadelphia), The Blue Note (Milan), Rockwood Music Hall (New York), SEFCU Arena (Albany), Take Five Jazz Club (Bologna), Stage 48 (New York), and Chris’ Jazz Café (Philadelphia). He can regularly be found performing around New York in theatrical productions and with various groups, including the hip hop collective Izzy Man & The Plan and folk-rock band Charade.