Meet the composers
The following composers have been selected to have their works recorded in the next "Extended" album.
French born Jean-Patrick Besingrand has a Master of Arts in Musicology from the University of Bordeaux, and graduated with high honors in Analysis, Harmony, Counterpoint, Fugue, Composition, and Soundpainting (live composition) from the Bordeaux Conservatory under the tutelage of Patrice De Faccio, Laurent Soulié, Jean-Louis Agobet, and Etienne Rolin. In May 2015, he graduated form Carnegie Mellon University with an Advanced Certificate in Composition under the supervision of Leonardo Balada. Currently Jean-Patrick is a PhD student in composition at CUNY under Professor Jason Eckardt while working on his doctoral thesis in Musicology at the
Sorbonne in Paris. Jean-Patrick has participated in several festivals and masterclasses, including Musica Festival, Shanghai New Music Week Festival, Thailand International Composition Festival, Viola’s 2014 at the Paris Conservatory, and l’Odyssée des Arts Sonnants in Bordeaux, receiving instruction from Beat Furrer, Jörg Widmann, Qin Wenchen, Tania Léon, Claude Ledoux, Chen Yi and Luis Naon. His music is performed in Europe, Asia, and America. He has received recognition from the Lin Yao Ji International Competition, the Robert Avalon International Competition for Composers, and the First International Composition Competition Viola’s 2014. Jean-Patrick is also the winner of the 2015 CMU Orchestra Composition Competition and the 2015 CMU String Quartet Composition Competition. Most recently, his saxophone quartet won the first prize of the Composition Competition for Saxophone Quartet organized by SaxOpen and the Festival Musica. In Spring 2016, Jean-Patrick will work with the Molinari Quartet as a winner of their Sixth International Composition Competition. His music has been performed by the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, the Mivos Quartet, the Del Sol Quartet, the Carnegie Mellon Contemporary Ensemble, the Ensemble Offspring, the Very Small Consortium Ensemble, the Singularity saxophone quartet, the Aurae Duo, and by the soloists Thomas Piercy, Vilian Ivantchev, Elsa Seger, Andrew White and Etienne Rolin. His music is published by Questions de Tempéraments
Lou Bunk is an American composer and improviser inspired by many forms of avant-garde artistic expression. Educated in classical composition, and deeply influenced by the vibrant electro-acoustic improv scene in and around Boston and New York, Lou’s music occupies a space between and among concert halls and fringe performance galleries. His sonically rich and intricate music investigates sound and silence through extended instrumental techniques, microtones, amplified found objects, electronics, and generative approaches to texture and form. In his home town Somerville Massachusetts, Lou produces the concert series Opensound, and has chaired the Somerville Arts Council. He co-directs Collide-O-Scope Music, a New York City based new music ensemble, and is Associate Professor of Music at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire where he teaches electronic music and composition. Lou received A PhD in Music Composition and Theory from Brandeis University
Dr. Robert Gross holds a DMA in composition from University of Southern California, a certificate in film music from University of Southern California, an MA in Music for Film, Television and Theatre from University of Bristol (England), an MM in Music Composition from Rice University, and a BM in Music Composition from Oberlin Conservatory. He is currently editor-in-chief and composer-in-residence of Progressive Difference, a blog devoted to progressive politics, religion, contemporary music and the arts, and was an instructor of music theory for three years at Rice University. Publications include articles in Perspectives of New Music and Journal of Schenkerian Theory. He is a member of Blind Comfort, an experimental electroacoustic music collective with a current release on the Beauport Classical label (under the name Blind Labyrinth). His theater credits include music and lyrics for Yeehad! featured at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Singing Jailbirds for The Relevant Stage of South Los Angeles and featured as part of the Los Angeles Festival of New Musicals, and The One and Only for The Relevant Stage, also featured as part of the Los Angeles Festival of New Musicals.
The works of composer Dana Kaufmanhave been heard throughout North America, as well as in Estonia, the Czech Republic and Italy. Her music has been featured at venues and festivals such as Estonian Music Days, Charlotte New Music Festival, Centro Musica Contemporanea di Milano, Ravinia Festival’s One Score, One Chicago series, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre Fall Festival, Music Institute of Chicago’s Nichols Hall, Peoria Civic Center, Jordan Hall, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Baltimore War Memorial, North American Jewish Choral Festival, FEASt Festival and 2015 Women Composers Festival of Hartford; it has been performed and recorded by ensembles including Great Noise Ensemble, Atlantic Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble, a very small consortium, Firebird Ensemble, Wet Ink Ensemble and So Percussion. A 2015 Semi-Finalist for the American Prize in the Opera/Theater/Film Division for her one-act opera/undergraduate thesis, Diary of a Madman, Ms. Kaufman is also the recipient of numerous awards including a 2012-2013 Fulbright Student Research Grant, University of Miami Dean’s Fellowship, New England Conservatory (NEC) Merit Awards and Scholarships, Amherst College Edward Poole Lay Fellowship, First Runner-Up/Finalist in the 2014 Black House New Operas Project Composers’ Competition, First Place in the Music Institute of Chicago’s Generation Next Composition Competition, and was a winner of the 2015 Women Composers Festival New England Score Call. Ms. Kaufman completed her MM in Composition at NEC (Academic Honors; Pi Kappa Lambda nominee) and is currently pursuing her DMA in Composition at University of Miami Frost School of Music, where she is the first Frost School of Music student to be a Dean’s Fellow.
Stratis Minakakis is a composer and conductor whose creative work engages issues of cultural memory and identity, and explores the rich possibilities engendered by the interaction between arts and sciences. A recipient of numerous artistic and academic distinctions, he has collaborated with leading performers and ensembles, such as The Crossing choir, the PRISM and Stockholm saxophone quartets, the Arditti String Quartet, Ensemble Counter)induction, Noh actress Ryoko Ayoki, recorder virtuoso Tosiya Suzuki, and conductors Donald Nally and Rüdiger Bonn. Deeply committed to music pedagogy, he was recently awarded the prestigious Louis Krasner Award for Teaching at the New England Conservatory, where he is a member of the Composition and Music Theory Faculties.
Ye Ziteng hails from Wuhan, China, where he studies composition under the guidance of teacher Zhao Xi at the Wuhan Conservatory of Music. He has studied piano since he was 11 and composition since he was 15. In 2012, he won the Fourth Prize in Golden Key Piano Composition. Besides, he won the certificate of award in 2014 China-Asian Music Week. In 2015, his work Breath for solo piano won 3rd Prize for the 2015 SAMADIS' International Composition Competition.