Composer Anthony Cornicello (born in Brooklyn, New York, 1964) writes music that blurs distinctions between performers and electronics, timbre and harmony, composition and improvisation, and explores the boundaries of what may be considered post-classical concert music. His music is vibrant and visceral, full of rhythmic energy and harmonic sophistication, and his forays into live electronics have led to exciting combinations of instruments and processed sound. Cornicello’s background as a jazz pianist is evident not only in the rhythmic activity of his music, but also in his constant investigation of the rich sonorities available from a variety of instruments.

He has been commissioned to write music for the Scorchio Electric String Quartet, ModernWorks! (funding from Meet the Composer/ Commissioning Music USA), the Auros Group for New Music, the Prism Saxophone Quartet, the New York New Music Ensemble, David Holzman, the Group for Contemporary Music, and the InterEnsemble of Padova, Italy. His work has also been featured on the Guggenheim Museum’s “Works and Process” series. Cornicello’s works have also been performed by the Chicago Civic Symphony, Parnassus, ALEA III, Composers Concordance, Madeleine Shapiro, Robert Black, among many other outstanding groups and solo performers. His music has been presented as part of the Darmstadt International Festival of New Music as well as the June in Buffalo Festival.

Cornicello’s Second String Quartet has been recorded by the Atlantic String Quartet; the Second Sonata for Piano by David Holzman (Centaur). More recently, his Post-Modern Waltz was recorded by Eric Moe for Albany Records. A portrait CD of Cornicello’s works is scheduled for 2006 release on Albany Records.

As a performer, he has conducted or played piano in his own works on numerous occasions. While a graduate student at Rutgers, he formed and directed the Janus Ensemble, a group dedicated to contemporary music. More recently, Cornicello has begun performing on the laptop, using a variety of interfaces and the Max/MSP program. Those performances, mostly with EEE!, have had a notable impact on his music, as EEE!’s music ranges from hip-hop to experimental noise. EEE! is based at Eastern Connecticut State University, where Cornicello is an Associate Professor and Director of the Electronic Music Lab.

Cornicello received the Ph.D. from Brandeis University, where he studied with David Rakowski, Eric Chasalow, and Martin Boykan. His teachers also include Charles Wuorinen, Gérard Grisey, and Richard Beirach.

His current fields of interest include developing unusual interfaces for live computer music performances, as well as continuing to investigate resonance and spatialization. His recent and current projects (mostly for string instruments and electronics) have been exploring the latter two, and the series of experimental works ReZenant Garden, performed by EEE! have operated on all three areas of interest. Future projects will include works for instrumental groups or soloists and electronics, as well as turntablists.

Cornicello's works are published by C.F. Peters Corporation and APNM, and he is a member of BMI.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

So, I've been searching high and low for some jazz MP3s. Some of these items are long out of print, or on an obscure label. Some are by artists outside the mainstream. In other words, these tracks are not on iTunes - or, for that matter. It has led me to some bizarre sites. And, I usually don't find what I want.

I recently came across "". They seem like a fly-by-night organization, so I haven't joined them yet. I'm not sure I will. However, I searched for a few items, and I noticed what looked like user reviews - until I looked closer.

The first thing I noticed was "David Liebman sings like an angel". Well, okay, he's a sax player, and maybe you can say he's got a singing tone. Then, looking further and seeing the comments on the wonderfully inspiring lyrics (this is for an instrumental CD, mind you), I quickly realized that this was a sham. So, of course, I decided to look for more odd "quotes" on the CDs on the site:

"Jerry wrote: I wish Best of luck to Various Artists and I'm sure whatever Various Artists creates, it'll turn out for the best!"
"Ben wrote: Various Artists could be a Hero!!!!"

This was about Stockhausen's Electronic Music:
"Max wrote: When I feel sad, I always listen to Gesange der Junglinge. It raises the spirits."
"Barbee wrote: I enjoyed this track, but I found it a bit repetitive"
"Music_Lord wrote: I liked Struktur X very much! When I listened to the song for the first time...I've been singing just a part of a song...for a while now around the house. I'm trying to make it into a whole song."

Well, that's all odd. Hmm, I wonder what Barbee would say about Glass or Reich, considering she finds Stockhausen a bit repetitive. And, I'm so glad that Ben will be looking out for more by Various Artists. Personally, I always was a fan of Anonymous, but that's just me.