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Randall Woolf

Brooklyn, NY   

Randall Woolf studied composition privately with David Del Tredici, Joseph Maneri, and at Harvard, where he earned a Ph.D. He is a member of the Common Sense Composers Collective, and was the Composer/Mentor for the Brooklyn Philharmonic. In 1997 he composed a new ballet of “Where the Wild Things Are”, in collaboration with Maurice Sendak and Septime Webre. He has created 4 pieces for video and live instruments with directors Mary Harron (director of “American Psycho”) and John C. Walsh. He works frequently with John Cale, notably on his score to “American Psycho”. He re-created 4 songs of Nico for Cale’s tribute concert “On The Borderline”, sung by Peter Murphy, Lisa Gerrard, Sparklehorse, Stephin Merritt, Peaches, and Meshell Ndegeocello. He has created over 50 arrangements of Cale’s songs for orchestra performing with his band, including the entire “Paris 1919” album, performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in January, 2013, and “Music For A New Society”. His works have been performed by Kathleen Supové, Jennifer Choi, Timothy Fain, Mary Rowell, Todd Reynolds, Ethel, conductor and flutist Ransom Wilson, Tara O’Connor, Lindsey Goodman, Le Train Bleu, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Kronos Quartet, TURNmusic, Fulcrum Point, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Righteous Girls, Sonic Generator, Bang On A Can/SPIT Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, NakedEye Ensemble, Seattle Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, West Michigan Symphony, Chicago Philharmonic and others.

Sea Creatures For Piano (2107)

An example of my writing for student pianists, for the “Explorations in New Music for beginning violinists” project. 7 short pieces inspired by ocean animals. “The Mantis Shrimp”, “The Pufferfish” and “The Blue Dragon” will use cluster notation, pitch approximate. Performed by Randall Woolf

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