Marcos Balter

The New Works Composer Sessions begin with composer, and professor of composition UCSD, Marcos Balter, who will explore the topic of Collective Structures: collaboration, cooperation, and reimagining hierarchical methods in music.

Balter describes his session: This discussion intends to identify roles in collective creative processes, examining the differences between collaboration and cooperation, and reimagining hierarchical methods through more synchronous and interconnected tactics. Fundamentally, this conversation aims towards finding ways to build more equitable practices in the musical field while expressing and sharing ideas, and by broadening the definition and scope of "who" makes art, and who engages with it, and how.

Praised by The Chicago Tribune as “minutely crafted” and “utterly lovely,” The New York Times as “whimsical” and “surreal,” and The Washington Post as “dark and deeply poetic,” the music of Brazilian composer Marcos Balter is at once emotionally visceral and intellectually complex, primarily rooted in experimental manipulations of timbre and hyper-dramatization of live performance. Past honors include fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Civitella Ranieri Foundation, and the Tanglewood Music Center (Leonard Bernstein Fellow). He is an Associate Professor of Music Composition at Montclair State University, and recently appointed to the UC San Diego Department of Music’s Composition Faculty.

Select recordings courtesy of New Amsterdam Records newamrecords.com

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