David Rosenboom

david rosenboom

David Rosenboom (usa) + Floris Vanhoof (b)


David Rosenboom (b. 1947) is a composer, performer, interdisciplinary artist, author and educator known as a pioneer in American experimental music. During his long career, he has explored ideas about the spontaneous evolution of musical forms, languages for improvisation, new techniques in scoring for ensembles, multi-disciplinary composition and performance, cross-cultural collaborations, performance art and literature, interactive multi-media and new instrument technologies, generative algorithmic systems, art-science research and philosophy, and extended musical interface with the human nervous system. 

He has been Dean of The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts since 1990. He taught at Mills College from 1979 to 1990, where he held the Darius Milhaud Chair and was Professor of Music, Head of the Music Department, and Director of the Center for Contemporary Music. In the 1970s he was founding faculty and a professor in the Music Department at York University in Toronto. He studied at the University of Illinois in the 1960s with Salvatore Martirano, Lejaren Hiller, Kenneth Gaburo, Gordon Binkerd, Paul Rolland, Jack McKenzie, Soulima Stravinsky and others and was later awarded the George A. Miller Professorship as a visiting artist there. He has also taught or held positions in the Center for Creative and Performing Arts at the State University of New York at Buffalo, at Bard College, Simon Fraser University, San Francisco Art Institute, California College of Arts and Crafts, Center for Advanced Musical Studies at Chosen Vale and Ionian University in Greece.

His work is widely presented around the world. Recent highlights have included: a fifty-year retrospective of his music presented in a series of performances at the new Whitney Museum of American Art in New York (2015), a six-month exhibition of his work with brainwave music at Centre Pompidou-Metz in France (2015-2016), a four-month exhibition of his work in computer music at Whitechapel Gallery in London (2015-2016), a retrospective of his music for piano(s) at Tokyo Opera City Recital Hall (2016), the premiere of his Nothingness is Unstable for electronics, acoustic sources and dimensional sound diffusion at ISSUE Project Room in Brooklyn (2017), new music for Yamaha Disklavier™ piano and interactive electronics at the Annenberg Center in Philadelphia for ImproTech 2017, a composer-pianist portrait concert at Center for Experiments at Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires (2018) and numerous other international festival events, publications, recordings and keynote speeches. During the most recent three seasons his ground-breaking work for live electronic music and computer analysis of brain signals, Portable Gold and Philosophers’ Stones(Deviant Resonances), has been presented in venues around the world, including: The House, Plymouth University (UK), Computer Music and Multi-Media Research festival; Centre Pompidou-Metz; Haut École de Musicque de Genève Festival Multimod Performer-Composer; Fleet Science Center IMAX, San Diego, Art Music Technology Festival; Gray Area Grand Theater, Buchla Memorial Festival), San Francisco; and Le Centquatre-Paris, INA GRM (2018).