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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, will be 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. 

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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: 2017-18

(June to June)

Promethea for saxophone and audiovisual media
(video by Barry Anderson)
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC
10/12/17

Surfaces and Essences for saxophone quartet
performed by Prism Saxophone Quartet
Dalton Recital Hall, Kalamazoo, MI
10/14/17

Surfaces and Essences for saxophone quartet
performed by Prism Saxophone Quartet
Ann Arbor, MI
10/16/17

The Capgras' Patience Wanes for saxophone and fixed media
performed by Matthew Tracy
West Texas A&M University
Canyon, TX
11/12/17

Guest Composer: Oshkosh Wired
Contraposition, Recombinant Serenade, and Promethea
performed by faculty at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Oshkosh, WI
11/13/17

Object Metamorphosis for wind ensemlbe
performed by the University of Houston Wind Ensemble, conducted by David Clemmer
Houston, TX
12/1/17

 

Decade Zero for brass quintet and computer
performed by the Western Brass Quintet
Dalton Recital Hall, Kalamazoo, MI
06/13/2017

Contraposition for piano and computer
performed by Dorothy Chan
Taipei Cultural Arts Center, New York NY
07/24/17

Entanglement for oboe and computer
performed by Nora Lewis
Dalton Recital Hall, Kalamazoo, MI
09/13/17

Entanglement for oboe and computer
performed by Nora Lewis
Electronic Music Midwest
Kansas City, Kansas
09/22/17

New Years for fixed media
BOS 2017
MISE-EN_PLACE
Brooklyn, NY
09/23/17

Promethea for saxophone and audiovisual media
(video by Barry Anderson)
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA
10/09/17

Special Anxieties for chamber ensemble
performed by Birds on a Wire
Dalton Recital Hall, Kalamazoo, MI
10/11/17