David Coll (b.1980) is a composer of concert music, installation art, and interdisciplinary projects that engage physical presence with technology to create works of dramatic, introspective, and often playful effect.
His work has been recognized through commissions, prizes, and awards from Milano Musica, NewMusicUSA, the Zellerbach Foundation, ISCM World Music Days, IRCAM, the Salvatore Martirano Foundation and Royaumont, among others.
Groups that perform his works in the USA include line upon line percussion, Ogni Suono saxophone duo, ICE, and Wild Rumpus; and abroad 2e2m, RepertorioZero, and Itinéraire. Soloists who have championed his work include Donatienne Michel-Dansac, Séverine Ballon, Lionel Peintre, and Mellissa Hughes.
David’s music has been featured at festivals including Gaudeamus (2005 & 2009), World Music Days, MATA, Voix Nouvelles, Tzlil Meudcan, and the New Music Gathering. It has been performed at venues including the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Éspace de Projection, the Piccolo Teatro, Roulette, the Mondavi Center, the Krannert Center, and the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ.
As an educator, David has lectured at institutions including MIT, Columbia College, and Washington University. He was a Visiting Professor at Hanyang University (Seoul, Korea) and this year is a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, with further education at IRCAM (Cursus and Cursus 2), the Orpheus Institute, and the University of Illinois. He has studied with Edmund Campion, Ken Ueno, Franck Bedrossian, Yan Maresz, Erik Ulman, and Jason Eckardt, and participated in master classes with composers Chaya Czernowin, Steven Takasugi, Brian Ferneyhough, Alvin Curran, Martin Bresnick, Mauro Lanza, Philippe Leroux, James Dillon, Luca Francesconi and Mathias Spahlinger.
Email: davidccoll [at] gmail [dot] com Media: Youtube Soundcloud Vimeo Ensembles: 2e2m Accordant Commons Berkeley Symphony Eco Empyrean ICE Itineraire line upon line Ogni Suono Praesenz RepertorioZero sfSound Silbersee Solistes XXI Transient Canvas Wild Rumpus Institutions: IRCAM Hanyang University CREAMA Orpheus Institute UC-Berkeley CNMAT UIllinois Festivals: Gaudeamus MATA Voix Nouvelles New Music Gathering World Music Days
August 17th: Preview: ‘Identity Theft’ – collaborative music/dance/theatre multimedia work with Kyle Bruckman & Aisan Hoss. Conceived and led by Linda Bouchard. Safe House Arts. 1 Grove St, San Francisco, CA event link
August 18th: Premiere: ‘Identity Theft’ – collaborative music/dance/theatre multimedia work with Kyle Bruckman & Aisan Hoss. Conceived and led by Linda Bouchard. Safe House Arts. 1 Grove St, San Francisco, CA event link
August 20th: Excerpt performance: ‘Identity Theft’ – Milkbar (a home for experimental dance, music, theater and film). 241 South 1st Street, Unit A. Richmond CA 94804.
October 5th: Ogni Suono performs Ask, for two vocalizing saxophonists. 8:00pm. University of Massachusetts – Amherst. Bezanson Recital Hall
October 7th: Ogni Suono performs Ask, for two vocalizing saxophonists. 8:00pm. Armory for the Arts 191 Highland Ave. #1a in Somerville, MA
October 7th: Transient Canvas duo performs Caldera, for bass clarinet and marimba. (Split bill with Ogni Suono, same concert as above).
October 25th: Mellissa Hughes performs ‘Position, influence‘ for soprano and sound sculpture. Details TBA. Los Angeles, CA
November 6th: Transient Canvas duo performs Caldera, for bass clarinet and marimba. Vanguard New Music Series. 7:00pm. Ludwig Recital Hall. Kent State University. 1325 Theatre Drive. Kent, OH
December 2nd: Mellissa Hughes performs ‘Position, influence‘ for soprano and sound sculpture. San Francisco Conservatory of Music. 50 Oak St, San Francisco CA
February 4th: Premiere: Ghost Dances, for alto flute, english horn, two guitars, violin, and cello. Left Coast Ensemble. The Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA. 7:30pm
February 6th: Premiere: Ghost Dances, for alto flute, english horn, two guitars, violin, and cello. Left Coast Ensemble. San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., San Francisco, CA 94102 7:30pm
February 11th: Guest Lecture, MIT Music Department. Cambridge, MA
February 12th: Guest Lecture, Northeastern University Music Department. Boston, MA
February 13th: Open Sound presents Position, influence, for soprano and sound sculpture. Aliana De La Guardia, soprano. 8pm Third Life Studio, Union Square, Somerville, MA Cancelled due to health. New date TBA.
February 15th: Hazardous Materials I, for percussion trio and electronics. line upon line percussion. CNMAT/Univ. of California, Berkeley. 1750 Arch St. 8:00PM. Berkeley, CA
February 16th: Hazardous Materials I, for percussion trio and electronics. line upon line percussion. CCRMA/Stanford University. 7:30PM. Palo Alto, CA
February 19th: Premiere: Caldera for bass clarinet and marimba. Transient Canvas duo. 8pm. Advent Library Concert Series. Boston, MA
February 24th: ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble) performs Said What Choice Spoken, for flute, percussion and piano. Macalester College. 8pm. Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center 130 S Macalester St, St Paul, MN
March 9th: Beginning of three-month residency in Bergen, Norway. USF Verftet Artist in Residency
March 19th: Ogni Suono performs Ask, for saxophone duo. 8:00pm. Dreamland Arts. 387 Franklin St. Buffalo, NY
March 20th: Ogni Suono performs Ask, for saxophone duo. 6:00pm. Rochester Brainery. 274 Goodman St N, Ste B134, Rochester, NY
March 22nd: Ogni Suono performs Ask, for saxophone duo. 7:30pm. Snell Theater. Crane School of Music at SUNY – Potsdam. Potsdam, NY
May 9th: Transient Canvas duo performs Caldera, for bass clarinet and marimba. 8:15pm. ShapeShifter Lab. 18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn, NY
May 11th: Composition Seminar Presentation: Grieg Academy of Music. Bergen, Norway
May 23rd: Open Studio event. Culmination and exposition of ‘Room,’ a series of scenes exploring new techniques in staged interactive projection mapping. USF Verftet, Artist In Residence Studio #355. 7-9pm.
May 24th: Open Studio event. Culmination and exposition of ‘Room,’ a series of scenes exploring new techniques in staged interactive projection mapping. USF Verftet, Artist In Residence Studio #355. 7-9pm.
November 21st: People inside electronics presents Position, influence, for soprano and sound sculpture. Stephanie Aston, soprano (Accordant Commons). 8pm. Neighborhood Church of Pasadena. 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA
November 18th: Guest Lecture, Pomona College. Claremont, CA
November 6-8th: Premiere: upshot/recoil, an interactive installation in a Shipping Container. California College of the Arts. Part of AICAD 2015 (the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design). San Francisco
October 1st: Guest Presentation of my music to the Undergraduate Composers of Washington University (Seminar, Christopher Stark. Saint Louis, MO).
August 14th: French Premiere: Symbols (solo piano), The 10th Festival Présences in Frontenay, France. Trami Nguyen, piano
August: Awarded a NewMusicUSA grant for Saxovoce, a project with Ogni Suono Saxophone duo (Noa Even & Phil Pierick, including composers Kate Soper and Felipe Lara).
March 5th: Ensemble 2e2m performs ‘Act‘ for soprano and 12 players. Shigeko Hata, sop. Pierre Roullier, dir. 8PM (CET), Paris, France. Auditorium Marcel Landowski, CRR de Paris, 14 Rue de Madrid.
February 28th: Wild Rumpus’ Vanessa Langer performs ‘Position, influence‘ for soprano and sound sculpture at The Center for New Music, San Francisco, CA.
January 29th- February 1st: Obstacle in Obstacle presents Installation version of ‘Construction‘ at the Mondavi Center (during the duration of the Music & Words Festival). Davis, CA.
January 27th: Obstacle in Obstacle presents ‘Construction,’ an Installation/Performance Event. Opening to the Music & Words Festival. Davis, CA
January 15th: Vanessa Langer performs ‘Position, influence‘ for soprano and sound sculpture at the New Music Gathering. San Francisco Conservatory of Music. 50 Oak St, San Francisco CA
November 20th: World Premiere: Symbols (solo piano), premiere at Hanyang University. Seoul, South Korea 8PM (KST). Jihye Ye, piano
September 22-25: In Urbana, IL for the Martirano Award (3rd Prize). Performance of ‘Act’ for soprano and 12 players by the Illinois Modern Ensemble.
August 2-16: Darmstadt Forum The Concert of the Future is Online. (Curators: David Coll, Aaron Einbond, Karolin Schmitt-Weidmann)
April 29th- May 1st: IRCAM forum in Seoul. I will give a presentation on my music and ‘re-embodied sound’ as well as coordinate and run the electronics for three pieces over two nights of concerts (Luca Francesconi’s Animus II, Jongwoo Yim’s Shade II, and Ashley Furé’s Wire and Wool).
Feb. 13th: Presentation at the California College of the Arts (SF). Seminar of Kim Anno’s titled ‘From the Digital to the Analog’.
Feb. 18th: Presentation on my Notational practice to the graduate composition seminar at UC-Berkeley.
March 2nd: Beginning Visiting Professorship at Hanyang University’s School of Music. Seoul, South Korea.
Dec. 7th: Water City Berkeley. Version with sfSound Ensemble. Kala Art Institute. Berkeley. Info here
Nov. 17th: Concert with Simone Telandro in Bielle, Italy. Premiere of new solo piccolo trumpet work.
Nov. 4th: Premiere of Inventions on Relevance and Propaganda (violoncello, percussioni, elettronica) by Ensemble RepertorioZero. Milano Musica Festival.
November: performance of New Work for solo percussion and electronics, TBD.
Oct. 21st: Beginning of European tour (France, Italy, Belgium)
Oct. 6th, 7:30 & 8:30: Water City Berkeley. Project with Kim Anno, KT Nelson, students from Berkeley High School, and sfSound. Some Thing Spacious Gallery. 2555 Broadway. Oakland.
Oct. 5th, 7:30 & 8:30: Water City Berkeley. Project with Kim Anno, KT Nelson, students from Berkeley High School, and sfSound. Some Thing Spacious Gallery. 2555 Broadway. Oakland.
August 16th: Speaking Metals installation at Santa Cruz Museum of Art (Third Fridays Series).
August: Poto Festival Ten, in Grass Valley, CA.
July 15th-19th: CNMAT workshops
July 9th-11th: Workshop with Evelyn Ficarra at MilkBar: Site/Object/Sound – site-specific sound for live performance and installation link
April 25: New work/intervention for students with mp3 players. UC Berkeley, ‘Music Now’ lecture.
March 30 (postponed): Installation at the Qubit Noise ‘non-ference’, NYC
January 30th- February 3rd: Visiting Composer Fellow at UC-Davis Music Festival titled “The Art of Migration,” with a premiere of new work for the Empyrean Ensemble, titled Black Piet (cl, vln, vc, pno).
January 23rd: Presentation at the University of Durham (UK), “Technology and Presence in My Music and Research”
February 15th: Visiting Composer at Music Conservatory in Salamanca, Spain. Lecture and Masterclass.
March 27th: Presentation at Orpheus Institute’s Academy for Music and Theory, on ‘information in embodied sound.’
April 20th: ‘Position, influence’ at the new roulette in brooklyn. Last night of MATA Festival (festival runs April 17th-20th)
May 7th-8th: Seminar at University of York: ‘The Matter of Musical Experimentation.
-Solo performance (text: John Cage) with ‘speaking metals’ at concert May 7th.
-Presentation titled ‘Investigating Re-embodied Sound.’ May 8th.
July 14th-28th: Attending the Darmstadt Summer Course.
-Two short studies workshopped in Jennifer Walshe’s seminar
-Demonstration of setup for Transducers and Resonant Objects at Edith Stein Schule
October 19th: Premiere Said what choice spoken for flute, percussion, and piano. Performed by the Illinois Modern Ensemble, Urbana, IL. Stephen Taylor, conductor. Gavin Ryan, Percussion. Kathleen Winters, flutes. Tomoko Ono, piano.
November 23rd: Presentation at IPEM (Institute for Psychoacoustics and electronic music, Univ. of Gent)
December: Beginning year-long residency in Gent, Belgium.
Nov 11th: Concert at Milkbar. Culmination of residency.
October 10th: Presentation of my music to the students of Ricardo Rivera. California College of the Arts.
October 5-Nov 13th: Residency with Kim Anno and Ricardo Rivera at Milkbar. Oakland, CA.
October 4th: Presentation of my music with electronics to the students of Christopher Moore. Univ. of North Texas
June 30-July 6: Poto Festival, Grass Valley, CA. Presentation of recent chamber music.
April-June: Living in Somerville, MA. Work on Orchestra. Invited guest of Harvard Composition Seminar.
March 13th: UnderConstruction2, with Berkeley Symphony
Feb 6th: Dérive b, for bass clarinet, cello and optional sound sculpture. Both versions performed. Eco Ensemble.
Jan. 16th: Under Construction1, with Berkeley Symphony.
Oct. 9th- Nov. 28th: Ice Artists Installation at Berkeley Art Center’s ‘Intimate Nature’ exhibition. Details forthcoming
Oct. 28th-30th: ‘Noisense’ at Zellerbach Studio 7. Work for Dance and Technology by Ashley Ferro-Murray. I’m a collaborator.
Sept. 26th: Performance of Speaking Metals/Skins at Pacific Basin, Berkeley.
July 26-30: CNMAT workshops
July 5-7: with Vocaallab Nederlands, Zaandam, Netherlands. Technical Setup for position, influence.
June 24th-July 3rd: Tzlil Meudcan Festival, Tel Aviv. Performance of Dérive July 3rd by Ensemble Praesenz
April 4th: Premiere of ACT, for soprano and 12 players. Berkeley New Music Project.
January 23rd: Premiere of Untitled II, for SfSound ensemble.