Todd Tarantino (b. 1974) is a New York City based composer. His music is personal and richly varied and characterized by bold surfaces, quarter-tone inflected harmonies and athletic lyricism. Much of his recent work draws on experiences living and traveling in the developing world, translating the sounds and energy of urban environments into his own unique musical language. Currently, he is developing Appeal for Identification, an evening-length series of compositions that together tell the story of Delhi’s migrants through the sounds of the locations in which their corpses were found.
Tarantino holds degrees from Columbia University (DMA), New England Conservatory (MM), and Bennington College (BA). He is currently adjunct assistant professor of music at Columbia University and has also taught music theory at Manhattan School of Music. His principal composition teachers include John Luther Adams, Fred Lerdahl, Stephen Siegel and Jonathan Kramer.
Tarantino’s music has been presented at concerts and festivals throughout America, Europe, Asia and Africa by musicians such as the New York New Music Ensemble, Ensemble Moderne Akadamie, Manhattan Sinfonietta, the OCNM Ensemble, Locrian Chamber Players, Orfeo Duo and Second Instrumental Unit as well as by soloists such as oboist Jacqueline Leclair, violinists David Fulmer, Miranda Cuckson and Hana Kotkova, clarinetist Carol McGonnel, saxophonists Eliot Gattegno and David Wegehaupt, pianists Barbara Lieurance and Kathleen Tagg, and flautist Emi Ferguson, among others. He lives in Harlem with his wife, Carla, and two daughters, Dessa and Margo.
todd at matafestival dot org