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Kyle Gann

(b New York, March 26, 1954). American composer and performer. At Wesleyan University (BA 1976, MA 1979) he studied the music of Charles Ives, Indian tablā, and performance and composition with Alvin Lucier. From 1980 he worked in New York as a consultant for recording studios while maintaining an active role as a performer and organizer of festivals in the city. He was visiting artistic director of the STEIM electro-acoustic music studio in Amsterdam (...


Robin Elliott

(b Akron, OH, Nov 15, 1943). Canadian composer. He studied composition and the double bass at Ohio State University (BMus 1965, MMus 1967) and then moved to Canada as a conscientious objector to the war in Vietnam. After spending three years in Vancouver as a music teacher and professional bassist, he joined the staff of the music department at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario (...


Christian Scheib

(b Kobe, Dec 5, 1947). German composer of Japanese birth. She studied composition in Vienna with Haubenstock-Ramati and in Germany with Lachenmann. In 1985 she settled in Berlin. Her compositional style shows the influence of her piano training (in Tokyo and Vienna) and her study of electro-acoustic music. A renunciation of stylistic unity, characterized by changes from one medium or genre to another, is central to her musical aesthetic. Her works often contain references to literature, current events and biographical material, and quote from German and Japanese folksong, Viennese waltzes and other musical sources. Some of her compositions are emphatically experimental, employing unconventional performance techniques to produce ‘noise’....


Stacey Sewell

(b Washington DC, 1958). American composer, performer, and sound artist. Masaoka’s work is stylistically diverse, drawing on gagaku (Japanese court music), new music, improvisation, jazz, and electronic music. She has performed or collaborated with artists from a range of musical traditions, including Fred Frith, Pharoah Sanders, Dr. L. Subramaniam, the Berkeley Symphony, and the Cecil Taylor Orchestra. Masaoka was the ...


Ronit Seter

(b Kibbutz Affikim, nr Tiberias, Nov 29, 1943). Israeli composer. He studied with two of the most influential Israeli composers at that time, Oedoen Partos and Mordecai Seter, at the Rubin Academy at Tel-Aviv University (BM 1968), but did not follow either stylistically. He turned instead to an extreme, politically motivated avant-garde style, influenced by Webern, Stockhausen, minimalism and the electro-acoustic music of the 1960s and 70s, an artistic direction which has led to his marginalization in Israel. A composer mainly of electro-acoustic music, Shapira is also an established private composition teacher. He was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Composers (...