ben hackbarth composer


Benjamin Hackbarth is currently head of composition at the University of Liverpool where he writes music for instruments and electronic sound. He has a Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego where he studied composition with Roger Reynolds, Philippe Manoury, and received a Master's degree while working with Chaya Czernowin. He has a bachelor's in composition from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Allan Schindler, Robert Morris and trumpet with James Thompson.

Ben has been named composer in residence for musical research and composer in research at IRCAM three times since 2010. He was also a composer affiliated with the Center for Research and Computing in the Arts (CRCA) and a Sonic Arts Researcher at CalIT2. He has had residencies at Cité des Arts, Centre Internationale de Récollets, Akademie Schloss Solitude and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. In addition to writing concert music, he has collaborated with other artists to create multimedia installations with realtime graphics, sound and motion tracking.

Notable performances include those by the Arditti String Quartet, Ensemble InterContemporain, the L.A. Percussion Quartet, the Collage New Music Ensemble, Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain, Ensemble SurPlus and the Wet Ink Ensemble. His work has been presented in venues such as Cité de la Musique, Akademie Schloss Solitude, the MATA festival, SIGGRAPH, the Florida Electro-acoustic Music Festival, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Ingenuity Festival, E-Werk, the Pelt Gallery, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, the Roulette Concert Space and Espace de Projection at IRCAM. Ben's music can be heard on CD releases by the Carrier Records and EMF labels.


6/4/2015 — open end will be performed by Hamish Upton at the Australian National Academy of Music, Melbourne.
4/1/2015 — open end will be performed by Matthew Andreini at the the University of Northern Iowa, USA.
3/13/2015 — open end will be performed by Alex Wier at the University of Denver, USA.
3/12/2015 — open end will be performed by Alex Wier at Adams State University, USA.
3/10/2015 — open end will be performed by Alex Wier at Fort Lewis College, USA.
2/4/2015 — Liquid Etude no. 1 will be premiered by the Arditti String Quartet in California.
1/18/2015 — open end will be performed by Alex Wier at Arizona State University, USA.
10/18/2014 — Volleys of Light and Shadow performed by ensemble 10/10 at Open Circuit.
7/25/2014 — Open End will be performed by Joby Burgess at The Victoria Gallery and Museum at 7pm.
7/1/2014 — Volleys of Light and Shadow will be premiered by Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain at IRCAM's Manifeste Festival.
5/19/2014 — hub will be performed by the New York New Music Ensemble at Roulette in NYC.
2/8/2014 — Out Among Sharks, a Moving Target will be performed at the Manhattan School of Music in NYC.
12/1/2013 — Open End will be performed by Nick Fox at Northern Illinois University at 7pm.
11/22/2013 — Victor Pons will perform open end at Poem88 in Atlanta GA USA.
7/26/2013 — hub will be performed by a faculty trio at the Walden School in Dublin, NH.
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