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Composition & theory

Constantin Basica

Constantin Basica is a Romanian composer currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area, whose current work explores perceptual illusions in the context of audiovisual performance. His compositions include pieces for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, and orchestra. In recent years, he has been composing multimedia works for acoustic instruments, electronics, and video, which have been performed in Europe and in the United States by artists such as Séverine Ballon, Tony Arnold, Elision Ensemble, Ensemble Dal Niente, and Splinter Reeds.

Erik Ulman

Erik Ulman studied composition at UCSD, working principally with Brian Ferneyhough, as well as with Helmut Lachenmann at the Stuttgart Musikhochschule on a DAAD grant. He has taught music at UCSD and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Jaroslaw Kapuscinski

Composer, performer, and media artist.

Studied with Wlodzimierz Kotonski, Jan Ekier, Bronislawa Kawalla, Rand Steiger, Miller Puckette, Roger Reynolds, Brian Ferneyhough, and Joji Yuasa; additional courses with Iannis Xenakis, Louis Andriessen, Tristan Murail, François-Bernard Mâche, and George Lewis.

Selected prizes: UNESCO Film sur l’Art Festival in Paris (1992), VideoArt Festival in Locarno (1993), Manifestation Internationale Vidéo et Art Électronique in Montréal (1994), and International Festival of New Cinema and New Media in Montréal (2000).

Paul DeMarinis

Paul DeMarinis has been working as an electronic media artist since 1971 and has created numerous performance works, sound and computer installations and interactive electronic inventions. He has performed internationally at The Kitchen, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Het Apollohuis in Holland and at Ars Electronica in Linz and created music for Merce Cunningham Dance Co. His interactive audio artworks have been shown at the I.C.C. in Tokyo, Bravin Post Lee Gallery in New York and The Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco.

Chris Chafe

Special fields: composition, contemporary music performance, musical signal analysis and modeling, computer networks for audio, new instrument design.

Articles published in various technical journals including Journal of New Music Research, Computer Music Journal, Contemporary Music Review, Proceedings of ICMC, IEEE conferences.

Recordings available on compact disc.

Erika Arul

Erika’s career as a pianist has involved solo, chamber and concerto performances, and she has recorded (with Mary Jane Cope) the world premier of Emily Howell’s From Darkness, Light for Centaur Records (2010).  In 2000, she joined the music department at the University of California, Santa Cruz where she taught theory and piano, specializing in aural analysis.  She joined the music department at Stanford in 2013 where she teaches aural analysis and musicianship skills.

Jonathan Berger

Described as “gripping” by both the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune, “poignant”, “richly evocative” (San Francisco Chronicle), “taut, and hauntingly beautiful” (NY Times), Jonathan Berger’s recent works deal with both consciousness and conscience. His chamber operas, Theotokia and The War Reporter explore hallucination and haunting memories, while his monodrama, My Lai portrays the ethical dilemmas of an individual placed in an impossible situation.

Giancarlo Aquilanti

Studied composition with Paolo Ugoletti, Glenn Glasow, Wayne Peterson, and Jody Rockmaker.

Numerous compositions, including songs for voice and various combinations of instruments, several orchestral, choral and band pieces, string quartets, and the operas La povertà, Lot’s Women, and Oxford Companions.

Recipient of the Walter J. Gores award for excellence in teaching (2003-04), Stanford's highest award.

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