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Phil Kline

New York, NY         

Phil Kline is a composer whose work employs music in many mediums and contexts, ranging from experimental electronics, performance art and sound installations, to songs, choral, chamber and orchestral music, and the realm of music theater. His earliest compositions often used boombox tape players as a medium. The walking sound sculpture Unsilent Night debuted in Greenwich Village in 1992 and is now performed annually in dozens of cities around the world. Other works include the song cycles Zippo Songs and Rumsfeld Songs as well as The Blue Room and other stories for string quartet, and a full-length choral Mass, John the Revelator.

Recent compositions include A Dream and its Opposite, written for the La Jolla Symphony, Canzona in Two Hearts, commissioned by the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, dreamcitynine, commissioned by Lincoln Center to honor the 100th birthday of John Cage, and Out Cold, a monodrama that had its premiere at the BAM Next Wave Festival. He is currently working on the production of Tesla in New York, a music theater collaboration with filmmaker Jim Jarmusch. Kline was raised in Akron, Ohio, educated at Columbia and is a long time resident of New York City, where he lives with his wife and daughter.

A Vast Electrical Disturbance

an interlude from “Tesla in New York” performed by ACME

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The Pigeon Aria

from Tesla in New York, sung by Ryland Angel with ACME

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Embers

from The Long Winter, commissioned and played by Sarah Cahill

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