category: Composer Bio

Aaron Graham

Friday, February 9th, 2018

Aaron Graham is an award-winning composer, performer, and educator. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Kentucky, and a Master’s degree at the University of British Columbia, where he is currently a Doctoral Fellow. Aaron is a member of the Percussive Arts Society Scholarly Research Committee, and won the 2014 PAS Composition Contest. Aaron’s works have been performed across the US and Canada by professional and university ensembles alike. An active educator, his teachings and reviews have been published in Percussive Notes magazine, The Instrumentalist, the International Journal of Music and Performing Arts, and at The National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy. He resides in Vancouver, BC, where he teaches percussion courses at UBC.

Alessandro Perini

Friday, February 9th, 2018

Alessandro Perini was born in 1983 in Italy. He studied Composition (with Luca Francesconi and Ivan Fedele among others), Electronic Music and Science of Musical Communication in Italy and Sweden.

His artistic production ranges from instrumental and electronic music to audiovisual and light-based works, net-art, land-art and vibration-based works. His compositions have been played in festivals such as Biennale di Venezia (Italy), Festival Futura (France), Open Spaces (Germany), Connect Festival and New directions (Sweden), Procesas (Lithuania), UNM 2012 (Iceland), Moscow Forum and ReMusik (Russia), Tempus Fugit and Terra Distat (Argentina). In summer 2014 he was in residence at Fondazione Spinola Banna per L’Arte (Italy). His most recent prizes in composition are the 2nd prize at the Concours de Bourges 2015 (Musinfo), the Grand Prix at the Sergej Slonimnski competition (St. Petersburg) and the Jury’s Prize at New Directions Festival (Piteå, Sweden). He started a research about vibration and tactile sound, called touchmysound, including projects at the Darmstadt Ferienkurse and residencies at Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto (Italy) and Park In Progress (Belgium). In May 2016 he’s been artist in residence for Imagonirmia Prize in Chiaravalle (Milano, Italy), with a series of projects about site-specific sound art. Last residence project was at I-Park Foundation in Connecticut (May-June 2017). He will carry on a new research project in 2017/2018 about augmenting musical instruments with motorized devices for the physical modification of sound during musical performance, as well as interdisciplinary projects at Royaumont Foundation (France), Bioart Society (Lapland/Finland), Fondazione Spinola/Banna (Italy).

In 2016 he launched, a commission by SPOR Festival, a website where Wikipedia articles are read aloud by a synthetic voice and re-transcribed by a speech-to-text algorithm, thus building an encyclopedia of machine-misheard articles.

He has been teaching courses in audiovisual production for the arts at the Conservatory of Como (Italy) and in the Composition department (electronic music course) at the Music Academy of Malmö, as well as in workshops in Italy, Argentina and Bolivia.

Andreas Eduardo Frank

Friday, February 9th, 2018

Andreas Eduardo Frank (b. 1987) is a composer, media artist and performer. He studied at the Würzburg Music Academy and at the Electronic Studio of the Basel Music Academy. His oeuvre is versatile and marked by close collaboration with other young musicians and artists on an international level. In his works, Andreas Eduardo Frank explores the interface of real and virtual, of music, performance, video and theatre. His pieces are usually preceded by an overarching poetic idea, which is then contextualized in the music in a manner that may range from comical to nihilistic. He enjoys playing with absurdity and humour, trying to sparkle with what does not shine in a virtuoso manner, building castles in the air with his music, without fear of tearing them down again, deriving from their debris a genuine notion of music which courageously flirts with other disciplines. Close collaboration with performers and collaboration with other artists have led to numerous performances of his works in Europe, Asia and America. Andreas Eduardo Frank has won several awards for this work. He is currently a fellow of the Academy »Musiktheater heute« (2015-17, Deutsche Bank Foundation), was nominated for the interdisciplinary residency fellowship Gargonza Arts Award in 2016, selected for the international composition seminar of the Ensemble Modern Academy und awarded the Progetto Positano Fellowship (2018) which is a collaboration of the Ernst von Siemens Foundation and the Berlin based Ensemble Mosaik.

Annie Gosfield

Friday, February 9th, 2018

Annie Gosfield, whom the BBC called “A one woman Hadron collider” works on the boundaries between notated and improvised music, electronic and acoustic sounds, refined timbres and noise. The New York Times described her as “a fabulously creative composer” (Zachary Woolfe) who “exuberantly exploits the inadvertent music of contemporary life: static, distortion, the clangor of industry and the siren song of space junk form part of her digital palette.” (Steve Smith). Seth Colter Walls wrote about “Ms. Gosfield’s thrilling chamber orchestra writing” reviewing the opera “War of the Worlds,” a collaboration with the L.A. Philharmonic and director Yuval Sharon, which was included in best of 2017 lists in the New Yorker (Alex Ross) and the L.A. Times (Mark Swed). She was the 2015 Fromm composer at the American Academy in Rome, a 2012 fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, and received the FCA’s prestigious “Grants to Artists” award. She composes for others and performs with her own ensemble, with performances at Warsaw Autumn, the Bang on a Can Marathon, MATA, MaerzMusik, the Venice Biennale, OtherMinds, Lincoln Center, The Stone, The Miller Theatre, and The Kitchen. Annie’s discography includes four diverse solo releases on the Tzadik label. Large-scale projects include War of the Worlds, an opera performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the streets of L.A. and Walt Disney Concert Hall; a recent cello concerto; EWA7, a site-specific work created during a residency in the industrial environments of Nuremberg, Germany; and Daughters of the Industrial Revolution, a concert-length piece inspired by her grandparents’ immigrant experiences in New York City during the Industrial Revolution. Gosfield held the Darius Milhaud chair of composition at Mills College, and has taught at Princeton University and California Institute of the Arts. Upcoming projects include and a sextet inspired by, and performed under Diego Rivera’s “Detroit Industry” murals, and a week at The Stone in July.

Bahaa el-Ansary

Friday, February 9th, 2018

”One of the young voices who play a part in shaping Egypt’s cultural future.” BBC Radio3, 2013.  Bahaa el Ansary, born in Cairo in 1991,  studied composition at Cairo’s Academy of Arts and Music Theory at Trinity College London, before going on to further compositional studies at the Conservatoire de Bordeaux and the Conservatoire de Boulogne-Billancourt, supported by a scholarship from the Institut Français d’Egypte. He has attended the Darmstadt Summer School, supported by the British Council. His music has been performed throughout Europe and in the UK, Singapore, Lebanon and Egypt and the US.