MICHAEL PISARO was born in Buffalo in 1961.
He is a composer and guitarist, a member of the Wandelweiser Composers
Ensemble and founder and director of the Experimental Music Workshop, Calarts.
His work is frequently performed in the U.S. and in Europe, in music
festivals and in many smaller venues.
It has been selected twice by the ISCM jury for performance at World
Music Days festivals (Copenhagen,1996; Manchester, 1998) and has also been part of festivals
in Hong Kong (ICMC, 1998), Vienna (Wien Modern,1997), Aspen (1991), London (Cutting
Edge, 2007), Glasgow (INSTAL 2009), Huddersfield (2009), Chicago (New Music Chicago,
1990, 1991) and elsewhere.
He has had extended composer residencies in Germany
Schreyahn, Dortmund University), Switzerland (Forumclaque/Baden),
Israel (Miskenot Sha'ananmim), Greece (EarTalk) and in the U.S. (Birch
Creek Music Festival, Wisconsin).
Concert length portraits of his music have been given in Munich,
Jerusalem, Los Angeles, Vienna, Merano (Italy), Brussels, New York,
Curitiba (Brazil), Amsterdam, London, Tokyo, Austin, Berlin, Chicago,
Düsseldorf, Zürich, Cologne, Aarau (Switzerland), and
He is a Foundation for Contemporary Arts, 2005 and 2006 Grant
Most of his music of the last several years is published by Edition
CDs of his work have been released by such labels as Edition
Wandelweiser Records, Compost and Height, confront, Another Timbre,
Cathnor, Nine Winds and others, including most recently "transparent city, volumes
unrhymed chord”, "hearing metal
"A Wave and Waves” and "harmony series
translation of poetry by Oswald Egger ("Room of Rumor")
in 2004 by Green Integer. He is Co-Chair of Music Composition at the
California Institute of the Arts near Los Angeles.
has performed many of his own works and those of close associates
Antoine Beuger, Kunsu Shim, Jürg Frey and Manfred Werder, and
from the experimental tradition, especially John Cage, Christian Wolff,
James Tenney and George Brecht.
>> Link to The Wire
(article and audio download)
>> resource guide to the music of Michael Pisaro by Jennie Gottschalk (5/2013)