Sound and silence are allies in the minimal yet intricate music of Lou Bunk. In both his acoustic and electro-acoustic music, timbre unfolds alongside harmony, while extended instrumental techniques, microtones, and a rejection of the virtuosic paints an alien and sometimes barren soundscape.

A native of the Connecticut suburbs, Lou’s earliest compositions were noise improvisations, and four-track collage experiments. Educated at Washington University (MA Composition) and Brandeis University (completing a PhD in Composition and Theory), he has studied music composition with such diverse composers as Eric Chasalow, Michael Tenzer, David Rakowski, Ladislav Kubik, Marty Boykan, and Yehudi Wyner. At Brandeis, he was Assistant Director of the Brandeis Electro-Acoustic Music Studio (2001-2003), and Director of the New Music Brandeis concert series for the 2002-2003 concert season. This year Lou is teaching electronic music and running the studio at Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire. He is also teaching ear training at Boston Conservatory.

Lou’s music is the recipient of several awards (SEAMUS Student Commission Competition, finalist, Irving Fine Fellowship for Music Composition, ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composers Award, finalist), and has been performed in dozens of venues, in the US and Europe; CCRMA, SEAMUS, June in Buffalo, The Computer Arts Festival in Padova, Italy, an American Composers series in Trossingen, Germany, and the Zeitgeist Gallery. This fall, “Being and Becoming”, for bass clarinet, will be performed in New York and Boston. Some current projects include a new piece for solo piano, Sound design for the American Repertory Theatre, a dissertation on the music of Morton Feldman, teaching electronic music, and a rock and roll band called Shana's Mango!.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005
You Know What My Name Is

Last night I dreamed I had blond hair. I don’t remember anymore than that.

Is this how you start a blog? I am not sure, I guess I should read a few for tips

I am halfway through writing a new song called “Two Hour Shower”.

Emily P Smidt came up with the title, and is providing a lot of the inspiration. Here is her website.

Right now I am completely frustrated with this opera that I am trying to get the parts done for. It is a children’s opera called Star OF Love, and I wrote it with a great mailman/songwriter/friend named Steve Kveton. He doesn’t have a website. Good for him! Anyway, I hate doing parts, and even more I hate making a piano vocal score, BUT, I do love this opera and we are going to be recording it in the fall, which is going to be a blast. Robin Weatherall is conducting and helping us produce the recording, and hopefully a premiere sometime in this lifetime.

I would like to go hear this country-bluegrass band called the “heygoods” play tonight. Though maybe I'll just eat an ice-cream cone.