C.R. KASPRZYK (k o ɹ y k ɑ s p – ʃ I k) is a composer and avid “bring your own bag” grocery shopper who also works with electronics, saxophone, video, and in free-improvisation. Deeply informed by his life as a vegan, he strives for an intangible parallel between a cognizance of one’s surrounding and work transcribed from (or inspired by) that environment. Praised for music that is “timbrally striking” (HurdAudio) and “full of wind, height, and velocity” (Baltimore City Paper), his acoustic and electronic works often defer to the musical path of his observed surroundings, acknowledging the interconnectivity of our fragile planet.
His work has been supported by The Brannen-Cooper Fund, Northwestern University’s Midwest Graduate Music Consortium, Pro Musica, the Randolph S. Rothschild and Ada Arens Morawetz Memorial Awards, two Peabody Career Development Grants, an Encore Grant (American Composers’ Forum) and Grand Valley State University, where he was an artist-in-residence in 2006. A versatile musician, he has worked with Alarm Will Sound, the Cleveland Winds, Duke and Towson New Music Ensembles, New World Symphony, Ghetto Film School, Joel Grip, Peter Jacquemyn, Dana Jessen, Conor Nelson, Thomas Rosenkranz, Michael Sheppard, Daniel Spiegel, Karisa Werdon, John Berndt, Griffin Campbell, Gary Louie, The Mana Duo, James McCain, Brian Sacawa, Michael Straus, Per Bloland, Matthew Burtner, Andrew Cole, Robert Hamilton, Elizabeth Hoffman, George Lam, Asha Srinivasan, human beatboxer Shodekeh, and dry ice improviser Catherine Pancake.
Kasprzyk has participated in informal study and masterclasses with Alvin Lucier, Tristan Murail, Kaija Saariaho, Hans Tutschku, and Trevor Wishart. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Grand Valley State University, as well two masters degrees, obtained in two years, from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. He is a former site coordinator for the Creative Access Outreach Group and has served on the faculties of Morgan State University (MD) and Bluefield College (VA). He is currently pursuing his doctorate at Bowling Green State University, specializing in music composition and digital media.
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