Monday, August 12, 2013

Notations 10: Nakagawa and Hagen

Here is the tenth installment of Notations! Inspired by Cage's 1969 bookNotations is a collection of graphic scores, hand drawn music calligraphy, computer code, compositional sketches, text scores, and other innovative forms of musical notation.

Every Monday we'll showcase notation by two different composers, primarily focusing on those local to Los Angeles. This week's composers are Alan Nakagawa and Daron Hagen.

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Organ of Corti by Alan Nakagawa

Alan Nakagawa is a sound artist based in Los Angeles. He is an inter-disciplinary artist that melds visual practices with sound and video. Primarily creating work through automatic techniques and improvisation, inherently campaigning to make humanized technology driven art, and giving the neat and the messy equal opportunity. Nakagawa co-founded arts collective Collage Ensemble Inc. (1984-2012), curates the weekly Ear Meal Webcast, coordinates public art for the LA Metro, documents his meals, is a member of Ear Diorama Ear and the Southern California Soundscape Ensemble, and prefers crunchy peanut butter over smooth.

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Compositional sketch from Amelia by Daron Hagen

Daron Hagen's work has been widely commissioned and performed by most of North America's major musical institutions, and he has collaborated with many distinguished musicians. His music can be heard on the Albany, Arsis, Bridge, Clarion, GPR, Klavier, Naxos, and New World/CRI labels, among others. He has been awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Kennedy Center Friedheim Prize, two Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowships, ASCAP and BMI prizes, and the Seattle Opera Chairman's Award. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Curtis Institute of Music and of the Juilliard School, he has taught at Bard College, the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Princeton Atelier, and fulfilled numerous composer-in-residencies around the U.S. He is a Lifetime Member of the Corporation of Yaddo, former President of the Lotte Lehmann Foundation, and a Trustee of the Douglas Moore Fund for American Opera.

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