Composer and Performer Bios
paul j. botelho
Reuben de Lautour
Tae Hong Park
Ge (Gary) Wang
Newton Armstrong is a composer/performer. Current work is based around the implementation in software of real-time generative systems that are erratically sensitive to input from haptic controllers.
Christopher Bailey grew up outside Philadelphia. He lives and works in New York City. You can find him at home http://music.columbia.edu/~chris.
David Birchfield is presently a doctoral candidate in composition at Columbia University. He is very active at the Computer Music Center of Columbia, utilizing the computer as a compositional, theoretical, and performing tool. Before moving to New York, he earned a B.M. in composition and percussion performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His principal composition teachers include Tristan Murail, Fred Lerdahl, Jonathan Kramer, and Allen Otte.
paul j. botelho
Composer paul botelho is currently a 1st year graduate student in Princeton University's Music Composition Program. His compositions include many varied works that utilize extended and alternate tuning systems as well as the interaction of new and old mediums. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary Music Perfomance and Composition from the College of Santa Fe and a Master of Arts in Electro-Acoustic Music from Dartmouth College.
Edward Childs holds advanced degrees in an engineering field known as Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), which is the science and art of simulating fluid motion (air, water, etc.) and rendering the simulations into meaningful visual displays. He is also a composer and has recently become interested in the auditory display of CFD data, both as a practical tool (sonification), and as a resource for algorithmic composition. He is in his first year in the MA program in Electroacoustic Music at Dartmouth College.
Following an undergraduate degree in music from Dartmouth College, Ted Coffey promoted bands for an independent record label and worked with children with disabilities. He then pursued a graduate degree in composition and electronic music at Mills College. In the Bay area, he had the opportunity to perform his own and others’ music at Beanbenders, Venue 9, New Langton Arts and, with the Guitars of Wrath Electric Guitar Quintet, at the Yerba Buena Center. His composition Table, for which he constructed the parabolic speakers employed by Music for Lawn Games, was documented by the television network Arte. Since returning to the East Coast, Mr. Coffey has been writing music for small ensembles plus multichannel tape, tweaked and performed a work co-composed with Chris Brown (Muka Wha?-æan internet piece realized simultaneously in halls in California, New York and ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany), worked with Perry Cook on interactive installations and other projects, and webcast a dulcet jam with Reuben de Lautour, Van Stiefel and Paul Lansky for the concluding concert of Iceland's Art 2000. Since August, 2000, he has been a member of R. Murray Schafer's Wolf Project. Collaborations with dancer and choreographer Ann Robideaux have been performed in Manhattan at The Merce Cunningham Studios, Peridance and many others, and he presented work for multichannel tape with his Princeton brethren at Engine 27 in February, 2001. Currently, he is working on projects with the non-profit interdisciplinary arts group, The Saturnalian Croquet League.
Perry R. Cook attended the University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory of Music from 1973 to 1977, studying voice and electronic music. He worked as a sound engineer and designer from 1976 - 1981. He received the BA in music 1985, and the BS in Electrical Engineering in 1986 from UMKC. He received a Masters and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford in 1990. He continued at Stanford as Technical Director of the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, until joining the faculty of Princeton University in 1996,
where he is now Associate Professor of Computer Science, with a joint appointment in Music. He has published nearly 100 technical/music papers, and presented lectures throughout the world on the acoustics of the voice and musical instrument simulation, human perception of sound, and interactive devices for expressive musical performance. Mr. Cook has performed as a vocal soloist and as a computer musician throughout the world, and has recorded Compact Disks on the Lyricord Early Music Series Record Label with the vocal group Schola Discantus.
Reuben de Lautour
Reuben de Lautour studied piano and composition at the University of Auckland, and taught there for several years before coming to Princeton on a Fulbright fellowship. His works have been performed by Evelyn Glennie, Philip Smith, the Nash Ensemble, the New Jersey Symphony, and the Talujon percussion ensemble.
Charles Dodge was awarded the first doctorate in music composition at Columbia University where he taught from 1967 to 1980. Dodge inaugurated the graduate study of computer music at Columbia. From 1977-1993 he directed the Center for Computer Music at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and taught at the City University Graduate Center. He has been Visiting Professor of Music at Dartmouth College since 1993 where he teaches in the graduate program in electroacoustic music and undergraduate courses in music. Dodge is the composer of many works of electroacoustic, vocal and instrumental music, which initiated new developments in computer music composition. Dodge is the coauthor, with Thomas A. Jerse, of Computer Music: Synthesis, Composition and Performance (2nd Edition, 1996).
Kui Dong was born in Beijing, China and received B.A. and M.A. degrees in theory and composition from the CentralConservatory of Music in Beijing. In 1991 she moved to California, where she obtained a doctoral degree in composition from Stanford University. Kui Dong's compositions span diverse genres and styles and include ballet, orchestral and chamber works, chorus, electro-acoustic music, film scores, and multi-media art. Among honors and awards she has received were the 2001 ISCM Prize, 1999-2000 The Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, 1997-1998 Meet The Composer USA/Commissioning Program, 1999 Italy's Val Tidone International Music Competition, 1996 Austria's Prix Ars Electronica (Honorary), 1995 ASCAP Award for Young Composers, and in 1994 she was awarded First Prize in the Alea III International Composition Competition. Since 1997, Dong has been Assistant Professor of Music at Dartmouth College.
Roger Luke DuBois (b.1975, USA) is a graduate student in music composition at Columbia University. He teaches interactive electronic music at Columbia's Computer Music Center and in the School of Education at New York University. Mr. DuBois first began composing computer music as an undergraduate at Columbia studying with Thanassis Rikakis and Brad Garton. As Mr. DuBois is a very fast typist, computer music swiftly became an obsession. Mr. DuBois usually prefers to have his music speak for him; suffice it to say that in his spare time he eats, drinks, sleeps, does Max/MSP consulting to help pay the bills, and restores and performs music on analogue modular synthesizers with his band, the Freight Elevator Quartet.
Brad Garton (b. 1957) is currently on the Music Faculty of Columbia University, where he serves as Director of the Computer Music Center. He received his BS in Pharmacology from Purdue University in 1979, and returned to graduate school -- right here at Princeton University -- to ultimately receive a PhD in music composition (studying primarily with Paul Lansky and Jim Randall). He has also taught at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. These days he's not quite sure what to do...
Douglas Geers (United States) has composed in a wide range of musical styles including classical concert music, pop songs, television and film scores, and electroacoustic music. He focuses on composing pieces that utilize new technologies and multimedia dimensions, with a continuing emphasis on interactive electroacoustic works. For more information, please see http://music.columbia.edu/~geersde.
Violinist Conrad Harris from Kansas City, Missouri, has toured Asia, Europe, South America and the United States as first violinist of the White Oak String Quartet of Baryshnikov Productions. He has served as Concertmaster for the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in Italy, the STX Ensemble, and the S.E.M. Ensemble and Orchestra. Mr. Harris is also a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke's and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. He is a principal performer with various new music ensembles such as the Sequitur Ensemble, Locrian Chamber Ensemble, S.E.M., SPIT Orchestra of Bang on a Can. Mr. Harris has also performed solo and chamber music at the Darmstadt Ferrienkürse für Neue Musik, the Gulbenkian Encounters of New Music, where he performed Iannis Xenakis’s Dikhthas for violin and piano to great acclaim, and, most recently, at Warsaw Autumn as concertmaster in the first orchestra of Stockhausen's Gruppen. Recent recordings include Disparate Stairway Radical Other , a string quartet by Lucia Dlugoszewski on CRI records, released in December, 2000, and Still and Moving Lines of Silence in Families of Hyperbolas by Alvin Lucier for violin and sine-wave oscillator for Lovely Music to be released in 2001. He has recorded for Hyperion, Asphodel, CRI, Lovely Music, and Vinyl Retentive.
Rozalie Hirs completed a Master's degree in chemical engineering before she studied composition with Louis Andriessen between 1994 and 1998 at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague, Netherlands. Since 1999 she has been studying composition with Tristan Murail at Columbia University, New York. Furthermore, she took lessons in computer music with Brad Garton and Thanassis Rikakis, and Max-Msp with Luke DuBois. She is currently writing her dissertation "Microtonal Systems in Contemporary Music". Her most recent work "Book of Mirrors" for 19 instruments was performed by the Asko Ensemble at the Holland Festival, June 2001. New work includes "Book Of Lights" for 10 intruments and live electronics.
Kimo Johnson is a second year graduate student in the Electro-Acoustic Music program at Dartmouth College. Kimo holds degrees in Mathematics and Music Theory and has found outlets for both while pursuing his Master's degree. He hopes to aviod gainful employment for as long as possible by continuing his education next fall.
Kyoko Kobayashi graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2001. As a Music Synthesis Major at Berklee, her interests included compostion, sound design, multi-media, music production/engineering, and jazz harmony. She is currently pursuing graduate studies in the Electro-Acoustic Music Program at Dartmouth College.
Paul Koonce (b.1956, U.S.A.) studied composition at the University of Illinois, and the University of California, San Diego where he received the Ph.D. in Music. His music focuses upon issues of representation and perception in electroacoustic sound. A software developer as well as a composer, he has explored the invention of computer technologies for the manipulation of sound and timbre, with a particular emphasis on the synthesis of tools for exploring the parallels between musical and environmental sound phenomena. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and McKnight Foundations, and has received awards and commissions from the Luigi Russolo International Competition for Composers of Electronic Music, the National Flute Association, Prix Ars Electronica Electronic Arts Competition, the Electroacoustic Music Contest of Sao Paulo, the Bourges International Competition, and the International Computer Music Association. His music is available on the SEAMUS, Mnemosyne, ICMA, Panorama, Innova, Einstein, Centaur, and Mode records labels.
Paul Lansky is Professor of Music at Princeton. Recent work includes a string quartet, several 8-channel pieces, and an Alphabet Book. The Alphabet Book will be released on Bridge
Records during 2002.
Eric Lyon composes in digital, acoustic and hybrid media. He is a founding member of the annual Bonk Festival of New Music. He has created and released freeware virtual drum machines and spectral manipulation programs. His compositional aesthetic is dedicated to non-linearity and extra-terrestrial reference. Lyon has taught computer music at Keio University, the Academy for Media Arts and Sciences (Gifu, Japan), and currently teaches in the Dartmouth Music Department. Some of his music and sound manipulation programs are available from http://arcana.dartmouth.edu/~eric.
Steven Mackey was born in 1956. His first musical passion was playing the electric guitar in rock bands based in northern California. He later discovered concert music and has composed for orchestras, chamber ensembles, dance and opera. Since the mid 1980's he has resumed his interest in the electric guitar and regularly performs his own work, including two concertos as well as numerous solo and chamber works. Mackey is Professor of Music at Princeton University where he teaches composition, theory, twentieth century music, improvisation and a variety of special topics. As co-director of the Composers Ensemble at Princeton he coaches and conducts new work by student composers as well as twentieth century classics.
Recently Keith Moore has fulfilled commissions for the Musikfabrik NRW (Düsseldorf), Active Musik (Essen), the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and Fondation Royaumont (Asnières-sur-Oise, France). He is currently completing his DMA at Columbia University.
Previous studies include: BM, University of Illinois, 1993; MA, Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT), 1996; MM, King's College London, 1997. Also active as a performer and curator of new music, he is co-director of New York City's ThreeTwo festival and has performed trombone and/or live electronics on CNN, at the Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival, the Lucier@65 Festival, the EarMarks and LandMarks festivals in Duisburg, Germany, and with Ensemble 21 (NY), The SEM Ensemble (NY), Apartment House (London), and IGNM (Zürich).
Aki Onda born in 1967 in Japan. Onda is an electronic musician, composer, producer,and also a photographer. Onda has paid his dues in electronic music, ambient, and improvised music. A mature hand guides the sounds culled from collaborators such as Eye Yamatsuka, Nobukazu Takemura, Yoshihide Otomo, SFT, Noel Akchote, Blixa Bargeld, Steven Bernstein, and Linda Sharrock. Onda released albums under the project name Audio Sports from 1991 to 96. After that he started to release solo albums which reflected his visual and poetic sensibility. Onda is currently staying at the Electro-Acoustic music studio at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire as a visiting composer until the summer of 2002. www.akionda.com
Tae Hong Park
Tae Hong Park received his B.E degree in Electronics at Korea University in 1994 and has worked in the area of digital communication systems and digital musical keyboards at the GoldStar Central Research Laboratory in Seoul, Korea from 1994 to 1998. He received his M.A. from Dartmouth’s Electroacoustic Music Program in June 2000 and is currently a Ph.D. student at Princeton’s Composition program. His current interests are primarily in musical and technical issues in computer and electroacoustic music, which include composition and research in multi-dimensional aspects of timbre.
Larry Polansky is a composer, performer, theorist, programmer, teacher, writer, and editor. He teaches at Dartmouth College and co-directs Frog Peak Music (A Composer's Collective) .
Terry Pender is Center Manager of the Computer Music Center at Columbia University. He enjoys playing, listening and composing music in many styles.
Douglas Repetto is an artist, performer, programmer and designer of electronic objects. His work includes installations, live electronic performances, recordings and software. Repetto recently left the wonderful people at the Bregman Electronic Music Studio, and now work at the Columbia University Computer Music Center.
Matthew B. Smith is a good person.
Taimur Sullivan is a concert saxophonist and member of the PRISM Quartet. Last season he made his Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist with the National Wind Ensemble, and also performed as a concerto soloist with the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne and the Detroit and Dallas Symphonies. He has given the premieres of over forty works by composers including Gerhard Stäbler, William Bolcom, Gunther Schuller, Alvin Lucier, John Harbison, Keith Moore, Jason Eckardt, and James Fulkerson, and the American premieres of solo compositions by Gerard Grisey, Philippe Hurel, and Jean-Claude Risset. In New York he performs regularly with Ensemble 21, Ensemble Sospeso, Washington Square Contemporary Music Society, and Composers Concordance, and is also a director of the ThreeTwo Festival. He serves on the performance faculty of Columbia University, and has recorded for the CRI, Mode, Innova, Capstone, Mastersounds, Zuma, and Bonk record labels.
Stefan Tomic earned his B.S. in computer science at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1994. While at UCSB, he studied computer music composition with Professor JoAnn Kuchera-Morin. Since then he has participated in workshops at CCRMA, studied classical guitar and music theory, performed with the San Jose gamelan group Pusaka Sunda, and worked as a programmer/analyst at UC Berkeley. He is currently starting his first year in the electro-acoustic music program at Dartmouth College.
Ge (Gary) Wang is a first year PhD student in Princeton's Computer Science Program studying computer music. His current areas of interest are real-time interactive multimedia (musical/audio/visual, human/computer), composition, and real-time performance software design/development.
Stefan Weisman is a graduate of Yale University and Bard College, and his principal composition instructors include David Lang, Joan Tower, Martin Bresnick, and Jacob Druckman. Among his commissions are works for the Gay Gotham Choir with the Cosmopolitan Symphony Orchestra, the Battell Chapel Choir, and the Minimum Security Composers Collective. Other performers of his work include Da Capo Chamber Players, the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic conducted by Leon Botstein, and the Miró String Quartet, which performed his "Nervous People" at a Bang on a Can marathon concert. He has written incidental music for the plays "CalabiYau," "GreenlandY2K" and "What the Fuck is String Theory?," and participated in video collaborations at the Knitting Factory and Collective Unconscious. His music has also been heard at Symphony Space, Merkin Concert Hall, the HERE Theater, the June in Buffalo festival, and the Flea Theater. He has received fellowships and residencies from the Edward Albee Foundation, the Blue Mountain Center, the MacDowell Colony and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. He is a recent recipient of a Meet the Composer Grant and an award from the American Music Center, and is the first prize winner in the 2001 Roger Wagner Center?s Choral Composition Competition. Additionally, he is producing four compact discs to be included in the book "Voices from American Musical History," an overview of oral history for American composers by historian Vivian Perlis.
Ms. Wright’s most recent musical interests are in surround sound and sound installations. She is attracted to spectacle, which is why she may be found at cheerleading competitions, state fairs, parades, and lucha libre events, to name a few.
Miriama Young is an entering student to the graduate composition program at Princeton University. Brought to these fair skies through a Fulbright and a desire to engage with American music-making. She enjoys swimming in cold Antarctic waters of the Pacific Ocean, and blowing hot air through musical instruments.
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