Music Department

David Claman

David Claman biography

David Claman received his B.A. from Wesleyan University, his M.M. from The University of Colorado, and his Ph.D. in Music Composition from Princeton University in 2002. Before coming to Lehman, he taught at Colorado College and Holy Cross. From 2008 to 2010 he was a substitute assistant professor of music at Lehman, and as of 2011 is a permanent member of the faculty. He teaches courses in electronic music and music theory, and will add courses in world music and contemporary popular music to his portfolio. His compositions for voice, electronics, and traditional Western and Indian instruments have been recorded, broadcast and performed in The United States and abroad. His Ph.D. dissertation, “India’s Music and Western Composers: Concepts, History, and Recent Music” has led to scholarly papers presented at The National Society for Music Theory conference in 2010, The South Asia Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, as well as at regional ethnomusicology and music theory conferences and at UNESCO in Paris.

Major Performances and Grants:

  • The Fromm Foundation at Harvard University, for a compositional project with The Cygnus Ensemble and the classical Indian singer Sankari Krishnan. (2011)
  • "Variations on Amba Kamakshi" (2011) Commission from The Zephyrus Duo. Premiered November 6, 2011 as part of the Festival of New American Music at Sacramento State University, California.
  • "Loose Canons" (1995) for three electric guitars. Performed at The 8th Annual New Music Festival at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Thursday, September 29th, 2011.
  • "Piece of Work" (2005) for Max/MSP patch using toy piano samples and laptop computer. Performed at CUNY New Music Festival, Baruch College, May 1, 2011, and at Bargemusic, Brooklyn, June 12, 2011.

Select Performances:

  • Variations on Amba Kamakshi (2011) Commission from The Zephyrus Duo.
  • Premiered November 6, 2011 as part of the Festival of New American Music at Sacramento State University, California.
  • Loose Canons (1995) for three electric guitars. Performed at The 8th Annual New Music Festival at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Thursday, September 29th, 2011.
  • Piece of Work (2005) for Max/MSP patch using toy piano samples and laptop computer. Performed at CUNY New Music Festival, Baruch College, May 1, 2011, and at Bargemusic, Brooklyn, June 12, 2011.
  • Out Standing (2010) for Bass Clarinet and Piano. Commission from The Da Capo Chamber Players. Premiered by Meighan Stoops and Blair McMillen at Merkin Hall, NY, June 8, 2010.
  • Like This (2010) for violin and ‘cello. Commission from The Cygnus Ensemble. Premiered at Victoria Bond’s Cutting Edge Music Festival, Symphony Space, NY, April 5, 2010.
  • Time, Time and Half-a-Time (2010) for Soprano, flute, guitar, cello. Commission from The Cygnus Ensemble. Premiered at Bargemusic, Brooklyn NY, February 26, 2010.
  • Aaasai Neelavey (2008) for saxophone and guitar. Commissioned by Oren Fader, Christopher Creviston and Noa Even. Premiered by Creviston and Fader at Greenwich House Music School, New York, NY, March 31, 2008. Subsequent performances at The Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, April 3, 2008 and the North American Saxophone Alliance National Conference, Columbia South Carolina, April 7, 2008, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, June 8, 2008.
  • Folk of the Isle of Braghman (2007) for computer. Premiered at The International Computer Music Conference, SUNY Stonybrook, June 1-5, 2010.
  • Gone for Foreign (1999) for flute, oboe, violin, ‘cello, two guitars. Commission from The American Composers Forum. Premiered by New York’s CYGNUS Ensemble at Merkin Hall, New York, May 20, 2000; New York’s Ethical Culture Society, December 2003; Sarah Lawrence College, December 2003; Released on Bridge Records, May 2006; Mannes Guitar Institute, New York, July 1, 2007. Bargemusic, Brooklyn NY, February 26, 2010.
  • UnPact (2003) for piano four-hands. Commission from Tufts University Music Department. Premiered at Tufts University, Medford MA, December 6, 2003; Merkin Hall, New York, October 16, 2005; Recorded in July 2008. Scheduled for release by Albany Records, June 2012.
  • Ghostbusters (2002) for four mobile electric guitars, percussion, CD playback. Premiered at Colorado College, April 2002; Princeton University, as part of their Composers Ensemble Series, May 2003; Music With View Series, curated by Kathleen Supove, The Flea Theater, New York, December 3, 2008.

For more information, visit http://www.davidclaman.com/.

 

 

 

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