Paul Clift (b. 1978) is an Australian composer currently living in New York. At present he is a doctoral candidate in composition at Columbia University. He obtained a Master of Music (M.Mus) at King’s College, London and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A. hons) at Monash University Conservatorium. He also participated in the New Music Technology & Composition Cursus at IRCAM; this culminated in the premier of a new work, With my limbs in the dark, composed in collaboration with French choreographer Alban Richard. His principal teachers have been George Benjamin, Jean-Luc Hervé, Fred Lerdahl, Philippe Leroux, Fabien Lévy & Tristan Murail.
Paul’s music is characterized both by its abstract associations with literature, visual-arts & linguistics, and concretely by rich harmonic micro-tonality, textural heterogeneity and a manipulation of temporal perception. His works have been performed in festivals such as Agora, Royaumont, IMPULS, June in Buffalo, Centre Acanthes, Domaine Forget & Darmstadt Ferienkursen. He has collaborated with ensembles such as Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Instant Donné, Contrechamps, Itnéraire, Lontano, ICE, Linea & Klangforum Wien. Current projects include new works for Argento Ensemble, guitarist Kobe Van Cauwenberghe, and Areon Flutes. For more information visit www.paulclift.net
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