Alexandre Lunsqui is a composer, born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. After ten years based in New York City, he is back to Brazil as a Professor of Composition and Theory at the Universidade Estadual Paulista, UNESP. He studied at the University of Campinas (BM), University of Iowa (MA), Columbia University (DMA), and IRCAM (year-long cursus of composition and computer music). Music teachers include 'recordings of various kinds', Tristan Murail, Jose Augusto Mannis, Fred Lerdahl, Jeremy Dale-Roberts, among other artists/creators from various areas. His music background also includes brazilian music, jazz and contemporary improvisation. He has participated in Festivals such as Gaudeamus Music Week, Darmstadt, Manca, CrossDrumming, Aspekte, Time of Music, Musica Nova, Beijing Modern, Music at the Anthology, Creative Music Festival, PASIC, and Resonances. His pieces have been played in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, China, Cyprus, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland, and around the US, by ensembles such as the Ensemble Aleph, Arditti String Quartet, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble Piano Possibile, Ensemble Cairn, Due East, Ensemble counter)induction, Ensemble Dal Niente, Manhattan Sinfonietta, Camerata Aberta, Purchase Contemporary Ensemble, Ensemble L'Arsenale, Loadbang Ensemble, Hanatsu-miroir, Duo Echoi, New York Philharmonic, New York New Music Ensemble, NIU Bau House, Nieuw Ensemble Amsterdam, Talea Ensemble, Talujon, Third Coast Percussion, MATA micro-orchestra, Orquestra Sinfonica Nacional, Grupo PIAP, International Contemporary Ensemble, Timetable Percussion, among others. He has been awarded the Virtuose Prize given by the Ministry of Culture of Brazil and the "Funarte Premio de Musica Classica" given for his orchestral work Linea.Reflexio. A monographic CD with his chamber music was released in Spring 2008 - the project received the Petrobras Cultural Award. A CD featuring four composers from Sao Paulo was released in Fall 2008 by the Gravina Label. He received a Fromm Commission from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University (2009-2010). Lunsqui is a Civitella Ranieri Fellow (2014) and the Composer-in-Residence for the 2014 Chelsea Music Festival (NYC).Bio courtesy of his website.
Paul Clift (b. 1978), 2014 DMA in Composition, is an Australian composer based in Basel, Switzerland. His music often attempts to make abstract associations with a variety of concepts such as linguistics, modernist literature & painting, cognitive phenomena, and extra-European musical traditions. Paul’s music has been performed by ensembles such as the JACK Quartet, ICE, Argento, Mivos Quartet, L’instant Donné, Either/Or, Contrechamps, Proton, Neofonia, Novel Ensemble Modern & Klangforum Wien, and by esteemed soloists such as Kobe Van Cauwenberghe, Olivia Steimel, William Lang, Patrick Stadler, Geoff Landmann, as well as his wife, Slovenian flautist Anja Clift.
Paul’s compositional outlook is marked by formative studies with George Benjamin, Jean-Luc Hervé, Fred Lerdahl, Philippe Leroux, Fabien Lévy & Tristan Murail. He obtained a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Columbia University, New York, a Masters of Music at King's College, London and also completed the IRCAM Cursus de composition et d'informatique musicale, culminating in the premiere of With my limbs in the dark, composed in collaboration with choreographer Alban Richard. He has also participated in master-classes such as Royaumont Voix Nouvelles, Acanthes, Domaine Forget, IMPULS, June in Buffalo, MATRIX, Internationale Sommerakademie der MDW & Darmstadt Ferienkursen. In 2016, Paul was awarded a residency at Villa Sträuli/Sulzberg Foundation in Switzerland.
In addition to composing, Paul is active as a researcher; he has undertaken research-residencies notably at the Paul Sacher Foundation (2014) and IRCAM (2014-15). He is also the Artistic-Director of neuverBand, a new-music chamber ensemble based in Basel. Paul's music is published online at www.babelscores.com. For more information, visit www.paulclift.net