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William Catanzaro

New York, NY   

WILLIAM CATANZARO is an eclectic composer and multi-instrumentalist based in New York. His style is an amalgam of sources where classic meets contemporary, jazz, and world music. Since arriving from his native Buenos Aires in 1989, Catanzaro has composed musical scores for renowned choreographers Anna Sokolow, Steve Paxton, Viola Farber, Sara Rudner, and Milton Myers. His work has been presented nationally and internationally with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New Danish Dance Theater Denmark, TanzFabrik Berlin, Amsterdam Theatreschool, Cyprus Festival, Irish Modern Dance Theater, Architanz Tokyo, Kyoto Arts Center, Teatro San Martin Buenos Aires, Institute for Contemporary Art Boston, Philadanco, Player’s Project, Dallas Black Theater, and Jacob’s Pillow, among others. He has received recognition and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Samuel S. Feld Fund, New York State Council on The Arts, the Harkness Foundation for Dance, NYU Humanities Council, and NYU Service/Learning Fund.

Catanzaro has composed scores for many off-Broadway theater productions. He is the Composer and Conductor of MinM Musicians in Masques and the Music Director for the Young Dancemakers Company. He has worked at The Juilliard School, Marymount Manhattan College, Merce Cunningham Studio, Limon School, Martha Graham School, New York University, and Skidmore College. He is currently on faculty at The Alvin Ailey School, Sarah Lawrence College, and Steps on Broadway. He has developed the music score for Dario Vaccaro and Lois Greenfield’s work titled Projected and for their production of Zonco. He has several recordings as bandleader on major labels and many independent editions of his theater and dance works.

His CDs Percussion Works, Compositions For The Choreography Of Milton Myers, Evolution Suites and Percussion For The Dance Technique of Lester Horton Vol. I and Vol. II have been received with great acclaim. His most recent CDs Piano Works and About Time, co-produced with Jerome Morris, have been released by CatStudio Productions and are available at WilliamCatanzaro.com.

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After the critical and audience success of his recording “Percussion Works,” William Catanzaro released the companion collection “Piano Works.” The recording contains a selection of songs from a vast and eclectic repertoire which represent highlights in the composer’s career, including piano recordings live in Japan and commissions by Moving Still Productions and Genesis Dance Company.

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Percussive Fire

William Catanzaro composed “Percussive Fire” as a featured musical interlude for Infinity Dance Theater’s 2009 New York City Season at Joyce SoHo. He performed the piece live on stage with Jerome Morris and Marcia Bernstein.

The piece was later adapted for the final movement of “The Elements Suite” during a co-production of Infinity Dance Theater and Pi Dance Theatre at Judson Memorial Church in 2012.

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