Christopher Preissing

Composer, improviser, and collaborator, Christopher Preissing earned DMA and MM degrees from the University of Illinois in Urbana where he studied with Herbert Brün, Salvatore Martirano, and William Brooks. Composer-in-residence at Beloit College, Guest Composer at The Latin American Music Center (Indiana University), Artist-in-Residence at the Ragdale Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and twice Associate Artist in Residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts (Yuji Takahashi and John Zorn), Christopher has received awards and commissions from the Jerome Foundation, Meet the Composer, Illinois Arts Council, Arts Midwest, American Composers Forum, Ruthmere Foundation, and Chicago Composers Forum. As president and executive director of the Chicago Composers Forum, he produced numerous concerts and programs, including two major productions of John Cage’s Musicircus. In 2009 he received a travel grant from Partners of the Americas to present his music in São Paulo, Brazil.

His recent eight-channel, evening-length score and performance for The Waking Room was called “an overwhelming, layered barrage of found and manipulated sounds” (Laura Molzahn, See Chicago Dance), and a “brilliant… sound-crazy score… that might best be described as John Cage on steroids.” (Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune) Current and upcoming projects include Cantos of War and Peace, for vocalizing chamber ensemble and two 5.1 audio systems (part of a series of compositions for vocalizing instrumentalists and electronics); HOME, an installation by the collective Chicago Robotic Theater, to be installed in IIT’s Crown Hall (Mies van der Rohe) in June 2011; Y, a collaboration with Jonathan Meyer of Khecari for solo dancer, six-channel fixed media, and 8-10 person vocalizing ensemble; and a chamber opera,Thunder, Perfect Mind, for soprano, six female voices, and six male percussionists to be premiered at Luther College in 2013.