No shows booked at the moment.


Christian Wolff: Another Possibility
Polansky: 34 Chords (Christian Wolff in Hanover and Royalton)
Michael Parsons: Talea 5 (US Premiere)
Ron Nagorcka: Prelude (solo mandolin)
Polansky: minmaj (from 3 Translations for Electric Guitar; with Giacomo Fiore)
Wolff: Going West (World premiere)
Polansky: ii-v-i (for two electric guitars; with Giacomo Fiore)

Larry Polansky

  • 2014

Larry Polansky is a composer, theorist, performer, editor, writer and teacher. He is the Professor of Music at the University of California Santa Cruz, the co-founder and co-director of Frog Peak Music (A Composers’ Collective), and has also taught at Dartmouth and Bard College.
His five solo CDs are available on New World Records, Artifact, and Cold Blue, and his music is widely anthologized on many other labels. His own works are performed frequently around the world.
From 1980-90 he worked at the Mills Center for Contemporary Music, where he was one of the co-authors (with Phil Burk and David Rosenboom) of the computer music language HMSL, and a contributor to the widely-used program SoundHack (by Tom Erbe).
His articles are published widely in journals such as Perspectives of New Music, The Journal of Music Theory, The Computer Music Journal, The Musical Quarterly, Leonardo and The Leonardo Music Journal (of which he was the founding editor), as well as many other publications. He is the editor of around 20 scores of Johanna Magdalena Beyer, as well as scores by Ruth Crawford Seeger and others. In 2004, at the request of Crawford Seeger’s estate, he completed and edited her major monograph The Music of American Folk Song (published by the University of Rochester Press). His writings on American music include works on James Tenney, Crawford Seeger, Lou Harrison, Beyer, and many others. He is also the co-author of Music and Computers, a web-text published by Key Publications.
He is the recipient a number of prizes, commissions, and awards, including Guggenheim, Fullbright, and Mellon New Directions Fellowships, as well as the inaugural recipient (with David Behrman) of the Henry Cowell Award from the American Music Center.
As a performer, primarily as a guitarist and mandolinist, he has premiered and recorded a number of important contemporary works, by Christian Wolff, James Tenney, Lou Harrison, Lois V Vierk, Ron Nagorcka, Daniel Goode, David Mahler, and many others. He has been a member of many contemporary music ensembles, including serving as the curator for the Downtown Ensemble for a number of years, and as one-third of Trio (with Kui Dong and Christian Wolff) for over a decade.
In 2010, he wrote the score for Stacey Steers’ Night Hunter, an experimental animation which was chosen for the Telluride, Sundance, Rotterdam, and other film festivals, and selected for the New York New Films/New Directors festival at Lincoln Center. Currently he is working on an edition of James Tenney’s collected theoretical writings, and a series of articles about poetry and performance in American Sign Language.

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