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Ryan Chase
February 20, 2012, 4:05 am
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Ryan Chase

Born: April 21, 1987

Current Location: Bloomington, IN

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Ryan Chase (b. 1987) is a composer originally from Albany, NY. His music has been performed in venues ranging from dive bars to Carnegie Hall by such ensembles as Alaria, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, CIRCE, the Chelsea Symphony, Contemporaneous, the IU New Music Ensemble, the Mannes Orchestra, the Mexico City Woodwind Quintet, the SUNY Purchase Percussion Ensemble, and soprano Ariadne Greif. Recent accolades include the William Schuman Prize of the 2011 BMI Student Composer Awards, the 2010 IU Dean’s Prize, 1st Prize in the 2011 National Association of Composers USA Young Composers’ Competition, and the 2008 Bohuslav Martinú Award.

Ryan is currently pursuing a DM at Indiana University. He holds degrees from Indiana University (MM 2010) and the Mannes College of Music (BM 2008). He currently studies with Claude Baker and has also studied with Keith Fitch, Don Freund, Samuel Adler, David Tcimipdis, Chen Yi, and Gabriela Ortíz. At Indiana University, he studies computer music with Jeffrey Hass, John Gibson, and Alicyn Warren. Ryan is a member of ASCAP.

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Music © 2012 Ryan Chase

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Theme Music composed by Sarah Horick

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Will Rowe
February 6, 2012, 4:26 am
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Will Rowe

Born: January 24, 1992

Current Location: Bloomington, IN

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Will Rowe is a composer of classical music from the Metro-Detroit area of Michigan. He is currently working on a B.M. in Composition at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, studying composition with Dr. Claude Baker. Will is a proud winner in the 2011 Annual BMI Student Composer Awards, and runner-up in the 2011 League of Composers/ISCM Composers Competion. On a more local scale, he is also the recipient of the Music Faculty Award and the Dean’s Scholarship at Indiana University. In addition to his involvement in composition, Will is also an active cellist, studying with Dr. Emilio Colon at Indiana University. He is very involved in solo, orchestral, and chamber music, on and off campus, and is frequently performing on the new music scene. His classical roots aside, Will has also been the Head Arranger of The Panache Group since 2008, where he arranges pop and rock music for string quartet or other ensembles upon request.

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Music © 2012 Will Rowe

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Theme Music composed by Sarah Horick

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Francisco Castillo Trigueros
January 23, 2012, 4:25 am
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Francisco Castillo Trigueros

Born: December 7, 1983

Current Location: Chicago, Il

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Francisco Castillo Trigueros (b. 1983) is a composer of contemporary chamber, orchestral and electronic music from Mexico City currently residing in Chicago. He has received numerous distinctions such as the BMI Student Composer Award, an honorable mention in the 2011 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, and several nominations for the Gaudeamus Music Week Prize in The Netherlands.

His mentors and teachers include Augusta Read Thomas, Shulamit Ran, Kotoka Susuki, Howard Sandroff at the University of Chicago; Theo Loevendie, Richard Ayres, Fabio Nieder at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam; Shih-Hui Chen, Kurt Stallman, Pierre Jalbert at Rice University; and Haruko Shimizu and Jose Tavarez in Mexico City.

Francisco is currently pursuing a Ph. D at the University of Chicago and is part of the composition faculty at the New Music School of Chicago.
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Music & Photograph © 2012 Francisco Castillo Trigueros

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Composer Takeover 07
January 9, 2012, 12:16 pm
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Travis Garrison

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Travis Garrison is a composer, audio engineer, and electronic musician.  A common thread throughout his work is a blurring of the boundaries between things organic and things electronic, between the actual and the imagined, and between the real and the hyperreal.  Current research interests include computer-based improvisational systems and the aesthetics, history, and theory of electroacoustic music.  Travis’s works have been performed at conferences and festivals including the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) conference, the Electronic Music Midwest (EMM) Festival, and the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival.  Travis holds a BA in Computer Music and Composition from the University of California, San Diego, and an MA in Electroacoustic Music from Dartmouth College.  Travis is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Music Composition with a cognate in Historical Musicology at the University of Florida.

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Music © 2012 Travis Garrison

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Joel Pierson

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Joel Pierson is a composer, arranger, and jazz pianist. Originally trained as a classical pianist, he has since focused to composition and improvised music.  After college, Joel was signed to Warner Brothers Records as a recording artist with the rock group The Rosewood Fall. On the side Joel acted as a musical director for vocalists, choirs, churches, and even a comedy ensemble. Joel moved to New York City and completed a Masterʼs Degree in jazz piano performance at New York University, and performed at many jazz venues around the city, including the Iridium and the Blue Note Jazz Club.  Joel has played with many of todayʼs leading jazz greats including Lenny Pickett, Chris Potter, and Brian Lynch as well as pop legends such as Tommy Tune, Clint Holmes, Frankie Avalon, and Wayne Newton.  He is now working on a doctorate in music composition at the University of Maryland.  His compositions are performed regularly, and he was recently interviewed for magazine McSweeneyʼs “People With Unusual Jobs” column.

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Music © 2012 Joel Pierson

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Daniel Temkin

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Daniel Temkin has been writing music since age thirteen.  One of his earliest compositions, “The Realm of Solitude,” was premiered in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall as part of the Cecilian Music Society’s Young Artist Competition, and he is a recipient of the Theodore Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award, a 2010 Earshot Fellowship, and multiple ASCAPLUS Awards.  Daniel was also selected as a winner in the NEC Honors Ensemble Composition Competition, and the Buffalo Philharmonic Young Composer Competition. 
In recent years, Daniel’s music has been performed by numerous professional and student ensembles across the United States.  He has had orchestral performances with the Nashville Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra.  In addition, his marimba solo Expansive Horizons was arranged for the acclaimed MusicCity Mystique percussion group, and his work Wistfully Reminiscing was premiered by pianist Qing Jiang to a capacity audience in Los Angeles’s Bing Theatre in a performance subsequently broadcast on both the internet and LA radio.  Daniel has worked with members of San Francisco new music group Nonsemble 6, and his song cycles your little voice…, and American Pastoral Songs, have been performed on numerous occasions in New York, New Jersey, Boston, Chicago, and Philadelphia.  Daniel has worked closely with the Trio-ING piano trio, and he has written pieces for the UNLV Brass Ensemble (March and Sing) and the Rutgers University Choir (Two Forest Songs).
 Originally a percussionist, Daniel has performed with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, and the Riverside Choral Society.  He has played chamber music with Sarah Chang and Orli Shaham, and worked under David Zinman, James Conlon, and Leonard Slatkin.  An alumnus of the Eastern, Brevard, and Aspen Music Festivals, Daniel studied percussion with She-e Wu, Chris Deviney, and Jonathan Haas.  He has studied composition with Michael Gandolfi, Charles Fussell, Kevin Puts, Robert Aldridge, and Sydney Hodkinson.  Daniel is currently an Artist Diploma Candidate at the Curtis Institute of Music where he studies with Jennifer Higdon.

Music © 2012 Daniel Temkin

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Andreia Pinto-Correia
November 28, 2011, 11:22 am
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Andreia Pinto-Correia

Born: 1971

Current Location: Boston, MA

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Andreia Pinto-Correia’s music is distinguished by influences of Iberian folk traditions, particularly Arab-Andalusian poetic forms. The NY Times described her music as an “aural fabric of (…) crucial, dark, and intense melody” and the prestigious literary journal Jornal de Letras proclaimed “the music of Andreia Pinto-Correia has been a major contribution to the dissemination of Portugal’s culture and language, perhaps a contribution larger than could ever be imagined”.

Highlights of this season include the Carnegie Hall premiere of a work commissioned by the American Composers Orchestra, a world premiere by the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra (2012 Composer Institute), a residency with Portuguese chamber orchestra OrchestrUtópica, and a European premiere by the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa. She is now working on a Companhia Ópera do Castelo/Drumming GP co-commission with libretto by acclaimed West African writer Ondjaki, to be premiered by a consortium of theaters in the Iberian Peninsula during the 2013/14 season.

Pinto-Correia has received commissions from numerous ensembles and institutions including two European Union Presidency Commissions, Tanglewood Music Center, Drumming GP, Dinosaur Annex, Teatro S. Luiz, Machina Mundi, and Antena 2/Portuguese National Public Broadcast. She was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Music Festival, European Network of Opera Academies/ENOA as a Gulbenkian Foundation fellow, and the Composers Conference at Wellesley. She has received the Toru Takemitsu Award from the Japan Society, as well as awards from New England Conservatory and ASCAP.

She is currently a teaching fellow at the New England Conservatory of Music where she leads one of the Composition Seminars. She also collaborates with her father at the Research Center for Folk Studies at the University of Lisbon.

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Music © 2011 Andreia Pint0-Correia

Photograph © 2011 Daniel Blaufuks
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Daniel Iglesia
November 21, 2011, 5:14 am
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Daniel Iglesia

Current Location: New York

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Daniel Iglesia creates music and media for humans, computers, and broad interactions of the two. His works have taken the form of concert works for instruments and electronics, live audio and video performance, generative and interactive installations, and collaborations theater and dance. He is an accomplished technologist, and brings ideas of computational aesthetics and elegance into the combination of electronic media and human performance.

His work has been presented throughout New York City in such diverse venues as Lincoln Center, Eyebeam Gallery, The Stone, the Kitchen, and many others. It has also been presented at concerts and festivals throughout the US and abroad, including the Experimental Media Series at the Hirshhorn Museum (Washington D.C.), Art.Tech@The Lab (San Francisco), the Hamburger Klangwerktage (Hamburg), the Guangdong Modern Dance Festival (Guangzhou), and the World Expo 2010 (Shanghai). His concert works have been performed by the California EAR Unit, So Percussion, the SEM Ensemble, the Talea Ensemble, the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Ostravska Banda, and many others.

He has a doctorate in Music Composition at Columbia, where he spent a lot of time at the Columbia Computer Music Center. His writings have appeared in the Cambridge Journal Organised Sound. He has taught at Columbia, Pratt, and Princeton, where he was the 2010-2011 co-leader of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk). He recently gave a talk on  PLOrk at the TEDx conference in Brooklyn, and is now a member of their permanent touring ensemble, Sideband. He is the recipient of the 2011 Van Lier Fellowship from Meet the Composer. He also leads the chiptunes band Datalore.

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Music © 2011 Daniel Iglesia

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James Primosch
November 14, 2011, 12:02 pm
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James Primosch

Born: 1956

Current Location: Philadelphia, PA

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When honoring him with its Goddard Lieberson Fellowship, the American Academy of Arts and Letters noted that “A rare economy of means and a strain of religious mysticism distinguish the music of James Primosch…  Through articulate, transparent textures, he creates a wide range of musical emotion.” Andrew Porter stated in The New Yorker that Primosch “scores with a sure, light hand” and critics for the New York Times, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Dallas Morning News have characterized his music as “impressive”, “striking”, “grandly romantic”, “stunning” and “very approachable.”

Primosch’s compositional voice encompasses a broad range of expressive types. His music can be intensely lyrical, as in the song cycle Holy the Firm (composed for Dawn Upshaw) or dazzlingly angular as in Secret Geometry for piano and electronic sound. His affection for jazz is reflected in works like the Piano Quintet, while his work as a church musician informs the many pieces in his catalog based on sacred songs or religious texts.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1956, James Primosch studied at Cleveland State University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia University. He counts Mario Davidovsky, George Crumb and Richard Wernick among his principal teachers.

Since 1988 he has served on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, where he directs the Presser Electronic Music Studio.

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Dream Journal © Theodore Presser Co.

One Thing I Know, Times Like These © James Primosch.

Audio of Dream Journal and Times Like These © Albany Records

Audio of One Thing I Know © Emmanuel Music

Photograph © 2011 Deborah Boardman
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