Earnest Woodall (born July 24, 1959) is an American composer. Born in Bay Shore, New York and raised in suburban Long Island, Huntington, NY. Earnest Woodall took up the guitar at age 10, inspired by rock, blues and jazz. A local teacher Peter Rogine introduced him to the music of Philip Glass, Steve Reich and John Adams, as well as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Thelonious Monk and coming of age with the progressive music of Yes, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and Pink Floyd which sparked a lifelong love of both 20th-century classical music, progressive rock and jazz.
Earnest Woodall soon attended the Five Towns College of Music and then the Berklee College of Music, later moving into the local music scene of the New York Tri-State area with a wide variety of bandleaders and musicians. Establishing himself as a rare artist that can play more than one style of music with true fluency, virtuosity and sincerity. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Woodall found himself in the center of the cassette tape underground culture and was reviewed by the most popular underground music zines of the time such as Option, Fact-Sheet Five, Tape Op, Ear, Wired, The Improviser, New Music Journal, See-Hear, and Creative Alternative.
As well as recording his own music Earnest Woodall also composed and recorded music for many independent films from 1992–2000 and also has received two Meet the Composer grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Composers Program
Modern music composer / multi-instrumentalist / Recording Engineer / Sound Designer who is inspired by world, jazz, folk, blues, electronic, and many classical genres. Received two Meet The Composer Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Composers Program
(Have Complete Project Studio for Digital Audio & Midi Recording) - Guitar (Electric, Acoustic, Classical, Steel Resonator, Dobro, Standard & Open Tunings) - Piano/ Keyboards - Bass (Electric & Acoustic) - Lap Steel -Mandolin - Banjo - Ukulele - Software Experience (Apple OS X, Pro-Tools, Logic Pro, Final Cut Pro, Finale, Reason, Komplete)
"Pondering" (2016) “Random Transmutation” (2014) - “Slumber” (2013) - “Sphere Acid Burn” (2008) - “Live @ Benson Hall Cafe, NYC” (2006) - “Time to Think” (2004) - “Pictures in Mind” - (2002) “13” (2000)
Recordings available at iTunes
College - Five Towns College (DixHills, NY) - Berklee School Of Music (Boston, MA) - Private Music Instruction - John Scofield - Peter Rogine - Tom Pomposello - Seminars Attended - John Ambercrombie - Charlie Byrd - Tal Farlow