Miller Theatre to Present Composer Portrait of Rand Steiger, 11/7

Miller Theatre to Present Composer Portrait of Rand Steiger, 11/7

Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts continues the 2013-14 Composer Portraits series with electronic music innovator RAND STEIGER, featuring: Peter Evans, trumpet; MILLER PUCKETTE and RAND STEIGER, electronics; INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE; and STEVEN SCHICK, conductor.

The concert is set for Thursday, November 7, 2013, 8:00 p.m. at the Miller Theatre (2960 Broadway at 116th Street). Tickets: $20-$30 • Students with valid ID: $12-$18.

From Miller Theatre Executive Director Melissa Smey: "I am very excited to be able to present the music of visionary composer Rand Steiger as part of this season's Composer Portraits series. As a veteran of the computer music scene, Steiger's masterful understanding of composition for both orchestral and electronic instruments has led him to create a body of work that is simultaneously enchanting and thought-provoking. Miller Theatre is especially grateful for the opportunity to present the world premiere of Steiger's Coalescense Cycle, which, when played by the remarkably talented International Contemporary Ensemble, is sure to make for a truly memorable evening."

Miller Theatre's "ever-intriguing" (The New Yorker) signature series continues to celebrate the best contemporary composers from around the globe-emerging and established-with evening-length musical profiles. This season, all seven composers will participate in onstage discussions during their Portraits.

Currently composer-in-residence at San Diego's Calit2 (California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology), Rand Steiger has been fascinated by the intersection of classical music and technology throughout his career. A former resident artist at IRCAM, Steiger is particularly interested in combining live orchestral instruments and real-time electronics. His new set of works for ICE includes six pieces, each featuring different instruments from the ensemble paired with electronics.

Though Steiger has resided in California for 33 years, he has local roots here in New York City. He grew up in Queens, attended the High School of Music and Art, and later the Manhattan School of Music. This Miller Theatre Composer Portrait is a homecoming of sorts for him.

Composer Portraits
Thursday, November 7, 2013, 8:00 p.m.
Rand Steiger
?Miller Theatre (2960 Broadway at 116th street)

Coalescence Cycle (2012/13) - world premiere
Cyclone, for clarinet and electronics
Concatenation, for bassoon and electronics
Light on Water, for flute, piano, and electronics
Template for Improvising Trumpeter and Ensemble
Joust, for flute, bassoon, and electronics
Coalescence, for 13 instruments and electronics

Peter Evans, trumpet
Miller Puckette and Rand Steiger, electronics
International Contemporary Ensemble
Steven Schick, conductor

Rand Steiger: Rand Steiger's music has been commissioned and performed by many ensembles, including the American Composers Orchestra, Boston Musica Viva, Ensemble Intercontemporain, International Contemporary Ensemble, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, NYNME, Prism Quartet, San Diego Symphony, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Southbank Sinfonia, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Talea Ensemble, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he served as Composer Fellow. Soloists he has composed for include Matthew Barley, Maya Beiser, Claire Chase, Daniel Druckman, Alan Feinberg, George Lewis, Susan Narucki, and Steven Schick.

Throughout his career, Steiger has been deeply involved in computer music research. He has held three residencies at IRCAM, and has enjoyed a long fruitful collaboration with Miller Puckette, the leading computer music researcher of his generation. Steiger is currently Composer-in-Residence at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology.

Many of Steiger's works combine orchestral instruments with real-time digital audio signal processing and spatialization. They also propose a hybrid approach to just and equal-tempered tuning, exploring the delicate perceptual cusp between a harmony and a timbre that occurs when tones are precisely tuned. Some examples of works deploying these techniques include: Ecosphere, developed during residencies at Ircam and premiered by the Ensemble Intercontemporain at the Centre Pompidou in Paris; Résonateur, composed for the Ensemble Sospeso to commemorate the 80th birthday of Pierre Boulez; Traversing, written for cellist Mathew Barley and the Southbank Sinfonia; and Cryosphere, premiered by the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York.

He is currently working on the Coalescence Cycle, a set of new works for instruments and electronics to be premiered in New York by the International Contemporary Ensemble in 2013, followed by the Earth Cycle for orchestra and electronics to be premiered by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project in 2014.

Steiger is also active as a conductor specializing of contemporary works. He has conducted the Arditti Quartet, Aspen Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble Sospeso, La Jolla Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, New York New Music Ensemble, Nouvel Ensemble Contemporain (Switzerland), and the California EAR Unit, of which he was the founding artistic director. Among his recordings as conductor are operas by Hilda Paredes and Anthony Davis, and works by Abrams, Carter, LeBaron, Lewis, Osborn, Reynolds, Stockhausen, Subotnick, Xenakis and Wadada Leo Smith. He has also conducted many premieres, including works of Andriessen, Babbitt, Boulez, Brant, Carter, Ferneyhough, Harvey, Kernis, LeBaron, Newton, Nono, Read-Thomas, Reynolds, Riley, Rudders, Rzewski, Saariaho, Scelsi, Subotnick, Wolfe, Takemitsu, Tavener, and Tuur.

His compositions and performances are recorded on the Centaur, CRI, Crystal, Einstein, EMF, Koch, Mode, New Albion, New Dynamic, New World and Nonesuch labels. A new portrait CD will be released by the Talea Ensemble on New World in 2013.

After serving on the Faculty of California Institute of the Arts from 1982 through 1987, Steiger joined the Music Department at U.C. San Diego. In 2009 he was a Visiting Professor at Harvard University.