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Aaron Siegel

electronics, percussion

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AARON SIEGEL is a composer and percussionist who makes acoustic experimental work that raises questions about the relationship between performers, audience members and the space they occupy together. He produces concert events and recordings involving his own music and collaborations with other members of the experimental arts community. His work ranges from solo compositions and chamber music to improvised ensembles and collaborative theater pieces.

Siegel’s music has been presented by Roulette, The Chocolate Factory, Issue Project Room, Make Music New York, Ulrichsberg Kaleidaphon, Bowerbird, ArsNova, Wet Ink Musics and AugustArt. Other works have been performed at the Friends Meetinghouse in Manhattan, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, SUNY Purchase, and the Chashama Art Space in Times Square. Siegel’s music has been performed by the Flux String Quartet, pianist Emily Manzo, the Kyklos Ensemble, Mantra Percussion Ensemble, Iktus Percussion Quartet, Cadillac Moon and the Aaron Siegel Ensemble. In the spring of 2007 the New York-based mixed chamber ensemble Till by Turning commissioned and performed Chalk Line (for piano, bassoon, violin, viola and cello). In April 2008, Siegel premiered The Swan Catchers, commissioned by the Jerome Foundation for the Flux String Quartet and 4 actors at the Chocolate Factory Theater in Long Island City. In 2009, he recorded Our Reluctance is Overstated for six timpanist in collaboration with percussionist Joe Bergen and the online record label Shsk’h. Siegel, also recently premiered Science is Only a Sometimes Friend for 8 glockenspiels and public participants in the East Meadow of Central Park as part of the 2009 Make Music New York Festival. The Iktus Percussion ensemble commissioned There’s Always Mom for their percussion quartet and the violin, cello and flute of Cadillac Moon for performances in the fall of 2009.

His work has been supported by grants from Meet the Composer, The American Composers Forum, The Jerome Foundation, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The American Music Center, Wesleyan University, and by the Consulate General of Argentina. He has presented his work at the Cybersonica Festival of Sound and Art in London, UK, the Art Academy in Dusseldorf, Germany and the University for Art and Design in Karlsruhe, Germany. Siegel has studied with Nora Davenport, Stephen Rush, Alvin Lucier, Ron Kuivila, Anthony Braxton and Bunita Marcus. He has an MA in composition from Wesleyan University.

Aaron has shared the stage as a percussionist with Anthony Braxton, Scott Rosenberg, Jessica Pavone, Stephen Rush, Andrew Raffo Dewar, Jason Roebke, Nate Wooley, Ben Hall, Matthew Welch, Taylor Ho Bynum, Chris Peck, Sean Meehan, and others. He is a member of Memorize the Sky, The Anthony Braxton Sextet, White, Blue, Yellow and Clouds, Assembly and his own group, Where from Here. In 2006, he founded the Aaron Siegel Ensemble, a New York-based group that performs his music in concert and on recordings. As part of these and other ensembles, Aaron has toured extensively in the United States and Europe.

In September 2007, Brooklyn-based Peacock Recordings released the first recording of the Aaron Siegel Ensemble, Every Morning, A History, which was praised by Signal to Noise as being “representative of the flowering DIY chamber music scene in Brooklyn.” Memorize the Sky has released two recordings: Memorize the Sky (2007, 482 Music) and In Former Times (2008, Clean Feed Records) both of which document an ongoing improvisational collaboration with bassist Zach Wallace and reedist Matt Bauder. The Cabinet, a solo percussion CD (2006, Longbox Recordings) was praised by The Wire in as “an exquisite set that has a meditative ease and grace.” He has released limited edition CDs of his electronic music including Rooms and Spaces and Sounding Place. His playing is featured on several recordings with Anthony Braxton including the mammoth 9-CD Box Set, 9 Compositions (Iridium) 2006. One of his tape pieces was selected to be part of a compilation entitled A Call for Silence that was curated by the London-based Sonic Arts Network. In 2009 Siegel released Fiddle and Drum a collaborative project with the fiddler, Sam Amidon.

Aaron is on the staff of the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and son.

Firehouse 12 Performances

Memorize the Sky Friday, May 24, 2013, 10:00p
Anthony Braxton Septet: Echo Echo Mirror House Friday, May 20, 2011, 10:00p

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