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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

Montress

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Montress is a work for piano, Seaboard Block, and computer. It was written for and is dedicated to pianists Keith Kirchoff and Lori Sims. The work draws inspiration from the Montress comics series by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda. The work will be premiered by Keith Kirchoff in Jan. of 2019.

Tar

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Tar is a work for Collect/Project, which will be premiered in Feb. of 2019.

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.

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)

Decoherence for trumpet and computer
performed by Samuel Wells
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

Displaced for piano, harp cello, bass, and computer
performed by Aepex Contemporary
Boatyard Brewing Company
Kalamazoo, MI
11/29/18

Monstress for piano, Seaboard Rise, and computer
performed by Keith Kirchoff
Outpost Concert Series
Culver Center of the Arts
Riverside, CA
1/22/19

Monstress for piano, Seaboard Rise, and computer
performed by Keith Kirchoff
Keith Kirchoff solo concert
California Polytechnic University
San Louis Obispo, CA
2/22/19

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

Monstress for piano, Seaboard Rise, and computer
performed by Keith Kirchoff
Keith Kirchoff solo concert
Buffalo State University
Buffalo, NY
3/07/19

 

 

 

 

 

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

New Years for fixed media
Burning Man
Black Rock Desert, NV
8/26-9/2/2018

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

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

Contraposition arranged for voice and piano
performed by Jamie Jordan
Festival of New American Music
Sacramento State
Sacramento, CA
11/3/18