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Composer OverTime is a series of interviews featuring discussions and works by innovative composers across the world today. Andrew Watts and Nick Virzi are both composers based at Stanford University, and will be facilitating these chats each week –sometimes with Bay Area guests and sometimes on location across the US and internationally. During each episode we will hear a new perspective on the contemporary music landscape, find out about the composer’s creative process and musical background, as well as listen to some of their recent work.

Episode XII: Nick Virzi
02:14:34

Episode XII: Nick Virzi

Recorded on May 17, 2019 – Woodside, California This week our guest is Nick Virzi, an American composer based in Woodside, California. Nick has participated in a number of top festivals and residencies such as Impuls, the Cortona Sessions, and soundSCAPE. Similarly, his works have been premiered by several leading artists and ensembles today including Séverine Ballon, soprano Tony Arnold, the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, the JACK Quartet, the Spektral Quartet, Splinter Reeds, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, Ensemble Liminar, Distractfold, the Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble, the TAK Ensemble, and Ensemble Dal Niente. Nick began his university education in composition at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Du Yun, Huang Ruo, and Suzanne Farrin. He completed his doctorate at Stanford University where he studied with Mark Applebaum and Brian Ferneyhough. Currently, Nick teaches an original course entitled Wild Sound Explorers at the Stanford Summer Arts Institute and International Institutes. Aux Imagistes II: Wide Arc – Low in the Northern Sky (2016): https://soundcloud.com/nickvirzi/auximagistes2 Evening Chorus of Redwinged Blackbirds (2019): https://soundcloud.com/wildsoundexplorer/evening-chorus-of-the-redwinged-blackbirds Phoenix (2019): https://soundcloud.com/nickvirzi/phoenix https://www.nickvirzi.com/ https://soundcloud.com/nickvirzi https://soundcloud.com/wildsoundexplorer Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ComposerOT/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Composer_OT/ SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/Composer_OT
Episode IX: Brian Baumbusch
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Episode IX: Brian Baumbusch

Recorded on June 6, 2019 – Woodside, California This week our guest is Brian Baumbusch, an American composer living in Alameda, California. Brian has lectured on composition and world music at the University of Maryland, The Smithsonian Institution, CalArts, Union College, Holy Cross, Bard College, Mills College, University of Nevada, Reno, and the Escuela TAI of Madrid. He has additionally presented electronic music performances and lectures at UCSD, UCSB, CalArts, UNR and Mills College. Brian began his university education at Bard College, where he studied microtonal composition with Kyle Gann, and later received his M.A. in composition from Mills College, where he studied with Chris Brown, Fred Frith, Roscoe Mitchell, and Zeena Parkins. From 2016-2018, he taught composition, music theory, and music history on the faculty at Santa Clara University where he also directed the Balinese Gamelan ensemble. Since 2014, Baumbusch has directed the U.C. Santa Cruz Balinese Gamelan ensemble, where he continues to teach while pursuing his D.M.A. Hamsa (2016): https://soundcloud.com/brianbaumbusch/hamsa-2016-iii-broadcast-performed-by-the-lightbulb-ensemble Hydrogen(2)Oxygen (2015): https://soundcloud.com/brianbaumbusch/hydrogen2oxygen-2015-iii-oxygen-performed-by-the-jack-quartet-and-the-lightbulb-ensemble Three Elements For String Quartet (2016): https://soundcloud.com/brianbaumbusch/three-elements-for-string-quartet-2016-iii-mercury-performed-by-the-friction-quartet https://soundcloud.com/brianbaumbusch Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ComposerOT/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Composer_OT/ SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/Composer_OT
Episode V: Timothy McCormack
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Episode V: Timothy McCormack

Recorded on February 16, 2019 – Impuls Festival in Graz, Austria This week our guest is Timothy McCormack, an American composer living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His music centers on the idea that sound has mass and is experienced as a physical object. His work also aims to create intimate social environments which prioritize communication, listening, and responsibility towards one another. Tim has participated in a number of top festivals and residencies such as Schloss Solitude. Similarly, his works have been premiered by several leading ensembles today, including the Elision Ensemble, the JACK Quartet, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Dal Niente, Talea, Ensemble Nikel, Ensemble Surplus, Musikfabrik, and Ensemble Recherche. Tim began his university education in composition at Oberlin, and later studied at the University of Huddersfield with Aaron Cassidy and Liza Lim. He was worked closely with Steven Takasugi, Roger Renoylds, Mark Andre, Claus Steffen Mahnkopf, Amnon Wolman, Jason Eckhardt, Olga Neuwirth and Philippe Manoury – all major figured in the field.. Currently, Tim is completing his doctorate at Harvard with Chaya Czernowin and Hans Tutschku. Raw Matter: https://soundcloud.com/timothy-mccormack/raw-matter Karst: https://soundcloud.com/timothy-mccormack/karst-2015-16 http://www.timothy-mccormack.com/ https://soundcloud.com/timothy-mccormack Time: Fridays, 2:00 pm Location: KZSU 90.1 FM http://kzsu.stanford.edu/ SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/composer_ot
Episode III: Andrew Watts
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Episode III: Andrew Watts

Recorded on November 16th, 2018 – Woodside, California This week our guest is Andrew Watts, an American composer living in San Francisco, California. Andrew has participated in a number of top festivals and residencies such as Composit, Darmstadt, Etchings, Impuls, Ostrava Days, Rainy Days, and the Wellesley Composer Conference. Similarly, his works have been premiered by several leading musicians today, including Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble, Proton Bern, Distractfold, Quince Vocal Ensemble, Line Upon Line, soprano Tony Arnold, and cellist Severine Ballon. Andrew began his university education in composition at the New England Conservatory, and later received his masters at Oxford University. Currently, Andrew is completing his doctorate in composition at Stanford with Brian Ferneyhough. Andrew is concerned with the compositional applications of language desemanticization, focusing on the ability to convey expression through the voice even when specific meaning is lost, augmented, or otherwise unintelligible. His writing also actively explores musical extremes through gradients of freedom and restriction, ambiguity and detail, purity and distortion, along with sound and noise. Existentialism in Sound: https://soundcloud.com/wattsmusic1/existentialism-in-sound-2016 A Spike of Resistance: https://soundcloud.com/wattsmusic1/a-spike-of-resistance-201617 http://www.andrewawatts.com/ https://soundcloud.com/wattsmusic1 Time: Fridays, 2:00 pm Location: KZSU 90.1 FM http://kzsu.stanford.edu/ SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/composer_ot