C.R. KASPRZYK (cory kɑsp–shick) is a composer who also works with electronics, saxophone, video, and in free-improvisation. Praised for music that is “timbrally striking” (HurdAudio) and “full of wind, height, and velocity” (Baltimore City Paper), he engages in found composition: relinquishing musical decisions to observed environments. Deeply informed by his life as a vegan, his work explores themes of perception, time, sustainability, and the interconnectivity of our fragile planet.

Kasprzyk’s work has garnered performance credits including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Steinway Hall, the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), and others throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. A versatile musician, he has worked with Alarm Will Sound, New World Symphony, Andrew Pelletier, Conor Nelson, Matthew Burtner, 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. His music can be heard on New Focus Recordings and SEAMUS, he has written for Computer Music Journal (MIT Press), and has given a TEDx talk. A former faculty member of Morgan State University (MD) and Bluefield College (VA), he holds degrees from Grand Valley State University and the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. Having worked with Marilyn Shrude and Mikel Kuehn, Kasprzyk is a doctoral candidate at Bowling Green State University, specializing in music composition and digital media. Currently, he is on the faculty of Mansfield University of Pennsylvania.

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Photo credit: Kalen Honeyfield, C.R. Kasprzyk, Daniel Blinkhorn, Allison Kasprzyk, and John Armato, respectively.


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