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COMPOSER. MULTIMEDIA ARTIST.
DIRECTOR OF SPLICE INSTITUTE. EDUCATOR. PROGRAMMER. 

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Christopher Biggs is a composer and multimedia artist residing in Kalamazoo, MI, where he is Associate Professor of Music Composition and Technology at Western Michigan University. Biggs’ recent projects focus on integrating live instrumental performance with interactive audiovisual media. Biggs is the Director of SPLICE Institute. His first album, Decade Zero, was released on Ravello Records in the fall of 2017.

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Upcoming Projects

Frob, Twiddle, Tweak

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Frob, Twiddle, Tweak is a collaborative project with trumpeter/composer/multimedia artist Samuel Wells. The work will involve trumpet and live electronic performance. The work will be premiered in February 2018 at the EA Barn Dance. 

Collaboration with Advanced Jazz Ensemble at WMU

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In January 2018 I will be doing live electronics on new compositions written by Jazz Studies majors at WMU and performed by the Advanced Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Andrew Rathbun. 

bw.tools is a collaborative programming project with Samuel Wells. It is a max package of useful objects built in Javascript. Contents include a cue system, a system for triggering and manipulating fixed media files, a random range object, and numerous other utilities. Download at: https://github.com/sllewmas/bw.tools

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About

Christopher Biggs is a composer and multimedia artist residing in Kalamazoo, MI, where he is Associate Professor of Music Composition and Technology at Western Michigan University. Biggs’ recent projects focus on integrating live instrumental performance with interactive audiovisual media. In addition to collaborating with artists in other disciplines on projects, he treats all of his works as collaborations with performing artists by working with the performers during the creative process and considering their specific skills and preferences.

Biggs’ music has been presented across the United States and Europe, as well as in Latin America and Asia. His music is regularly performed on conferences and festivals, including the International Computer Music Conference, SEAMUS Conference, Visiones Sonoras, Electronic Music Midwest, Electroacoustic Barn Dance, Root Signals, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Toronto International Electroacoustic Music Symposium, Bowling Green New Music Festival, and Society for Composers, Inc.

 
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His music is available on Ravello Records, Irritable Hedgehog, SEAMUS CD Series, PARMA Recordings, Electroacoustico Records, and Thinking outLOUD Records. Biggs has written music for various ensembles, including Ensemble Dal Niente, the Western Brass Quintet, the Prism Saxophone Quartet, SPLICE Ensemble, Keith Kirchoff, Pangea Piano Project, Kari Johnson, Samuel Wells, Western Michigan University Symphonic Band, and the Truman State University Wind Ensemble.

Biggs is a co-founder and the director of SPLICE Institute, which is a weeklong intensive summer program for performers and composers to experience, explore, create, discuss, and learn techniques related to music for instruments and electronics. SPLICE takes place each June in Kalamazoo, MI.

Biggs received the 2008 Missouri Music Teacher’s Association composer of the year award, the 2009 SEMAUS/ASCAP first place award, the 2011 MACRO International Composition Award, the 2012 Issa Music and Dance Faculty Award, a 2013 and 2016 Kalamazoo Artistic Development Initiative Grant, and various grants and awards from Western Michigan University. He was a Preparing Future Faculty Fellow at the University of Missouri-Kansas City from 2007 to 2010. Biggs has given guest lectures at numerous universities, including Indiana University, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Missouri, and Columbia College. He was a co-founder and board member of the Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance.

Biggs teaches acoustic and electronic music composition, electronic music production, digital signal processing, visual programming, and music theory. He received degrees from American University (B.A. in print journalism), The University of Arizona (M.M. in music composition), and the University of Missouri-Kansas City (D.M.A. in music composition). He studied music composition with James Mobberley, Paul Rudy, Joao Pedro Oliveira, Daniel Asia, Chen Yi, and Zhou Long.

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Events: 2018-19

(July to June)

Greed for violin and fixed media
performed by Negar Afazel
Oakland University
10/10/18

Greed for violin and fixed media
performed by Negar Afazel
Electronic Music Midwest
Lewis University
Romeoville, IL
10/12/18

Frob, Twiddle, Tweak for trumpet and elecronics
performed by Samuel Wells and Christopher Biggs
SPLICE Festival
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH
11/9/18

Greed for violin and fixed media
performed by Negar Afazel
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI
11/28/18

Montress for piano, Seaboard Rise, and computer
performed by Keith Kirchoff
Keith Kirchoff solo concert
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI
2/20/19

 

 

 

 

 

Recombinant Serenade for horn and computer
performed by Julia Brooks
SPLICE Institute
Kalamazoo, MI
07/1/2018

The Capgras' Patience Wanes for saxophone and fixed media
performed by Isaías Villalpando
Festival Ramificaciones
Zacatecas, MX
7/5/18

10 to the Power of Negative 33 for clarinet and fixed media
performed by Cesar Encina
Festival Ramificaciones
Zacatecas, MX
7/7/18

Entanglement for oboe and computer
performed by Nora Lewis
Pulchra Scientia: The Aesthetics of Discovery
presented as an installation
Carleton College
9/14/18-1/20/18

Decoherence for trumpet and computer
performed by Robert White
Oakland University
10/10/18