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Myra Melford

Professor mmelford@berkeley.edu Originally from Chicago and classically trained, Myra Melford is a composer with a singular, kinetic, and lyrical voice in piano improvisation. Chicago blues, architecture, jazz and experimental music inspire her work. She has released over 40 recordings, including more than 20 as a leader or co-leader, and maintains three bands: the celebrated quintet … Continue Reading »

James Q. Davies

Associate Professor jqd@berkeley.edu I was born in Cape Town, taking my first degree (majoring in piano performance) at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, the city of my upbringing.Commonwealth scholarships allowed me to spend time in the UK: first at the RNCM in Manchester and then at the University of Cambridge where I began a … Continue Reading »

Cindy Cox

Professor, Department Chair cacox@berkeley.edu Transparent yet multifaceted, Cindy Cox’s compositions synthesize old and new musical designs through linked strands of association, timbral fluctuation, and cyclic temporal processes.  The natural world, ecology, and the concept of emergence inspire many of the special harmonies and textural colorations in her compositions, as in her piano trio la mar amarga, … Continue Reading »

Edmund Campion

campion@berkeley.edu Edmund Campion is a Professor of Music Composition and Director at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies at the University of California, Berkeley. As a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow, Mr. Campion composed for the Korean Traditional Contemporary Orchestra, an ensemble that features musicians performing on ancient instruments from Korea.The new work was premiered … Continue Reading »

Benjamin Brinner

Professor brinner@berkeley.edu How do musicians do what they do? This question has motivated much of my research, leading to the study of situated cognition. I am interested in the knowledge and processes that musicians use in performance, not as isolated units but in relation to one another. I am particularly fascinated by the dynamics of … Continue Reading »

Franck Bedrossian

Associate Professor fbedrossian@berkeley.edu After initial studies in orchestration, and analysis at the Regional Conservatory of Paris, Franck Bedrossian studied composition closely with Allain Gaussin. He continued his studies at the Paris Conservatory (seminars with Gerard Grisey and later Marco Stroppa), where upon graduation he received unanimously the first prize for Analysis, and the first prize … Continue Reading »