Aaron Siegel is a composer and percussionist who writes experimental music that lies at the intersection of abstraction and intuition. He produces concert events and recordings involving his own music and collaborations with other members of the experimental arts community. His work ranges from solo compositions and chamber music to
improvised ensembles and collaborative theater pieces. Siegel’s music has been presented by Roulette, The Chocolate Factory, Ulrichsberg Kaleidaphon, Wet Ink Musics and AugustArt. Other works have been performed at the Friends Meetinghouse in Manhattan, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and the Chashama Art Space in Times Square. Siegel’s music has been performed by the Flux String Quartet, pianist Emily Manzo, the Kyklos Ensemble, and the Aaron Siegel Ensemble. In the spring of 2007 the New York-based mixed chamber ensemble Till by Turning commissioned and performed Chalk Line (for piano, bassoon, violin, viola and cello). In April 2008, Siegel premiered The Swan Catchers, commissioned by the Jerome Foundation for the Flux String Quartet and 4 actors at the Chocolate Factory Theater in Long Island City. He is currently working on a commission for multiple timpanists for the online record label Shsk’h. His work has been supported by grants from Meet the Composer, The American Composers Forum, The Jerome Foundation, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The American Music Center, Wesleyan University, and by the Consulate General of Argentina. He has presented his work at the Cybersonica Festival of Sound and Art in London, UK, the Art Academy in Dusseldorf, Germany and the University for Art and Design in Karlsruhe, Germany. Siegel has studied with Nora Davenport, Stephen Rush, Alvin Lucier, Ron Kuivila, Anthony Braxton and Bunita Marcus. He has an MA in composition from Wesleyan University. Aaron has shared the stage as a percussionist with Anthony Braxton, Scott Rosenberg, Jessica Pavone, Stephen Rush, Andrew Raffo Dewar, Jason Roebke, Nate Wooley, Ben Hall, Matthew Welch, Taylor Ho Bynum, Sean Meehan, John Zorn and others. He is a member of Memorize the Sky, The Anthony Braxton Sextet, White, Blue, Yellow and Clouds, Assembly and his own group, Where from Here. In 2006, he founded the Aaron Siegel Ensemble, a New York-based group that performs his music in concert and on recordings. As part of these and other ensembles, Aaron has toured extensively in the United States and Europe. In September 2007, Brooklyn-based Peacock Recordings released the first recording of the Aaron Siegel Ensemble, Every Morning, A History, which was praised by Signal to Noise as being representative of the flowering DIY chamber music scene in Brooklyn. 2007 also saw the release of the self-titled Memorize the Sky (2007, 482 Music) that documents a collaboration with Zach Wallace and Matt Bauder. The Cabinet, a solo percussion CD (2006, Longbox Recordings) was praised by The Wire in as “an exquisite set that has a meditative ease and grace.” He has released limited edition CDs of his electronic music including Rooms and Spaces and Sounding Place. His playing is featured on several recordings with Anthony Braxton including the mammoth 9-CD Box Set, 9 Compositions (Iridium) 2006. One of his tape pieces was selected to be part of a compilation entitled A Call for Silence that was curated by the London-based Sonic Arts Network. Forthcoming 2008 recordings include a live recording from Memorize the Sky on Clean Feed Records and a trio recording featuring Bill Dixon and Ben Hall on Broken Research. Aaron is on the staff of the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and son.
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