Now at Copland House
Often working at the intersection of music and mathematics, Clifton Callender’s compositions have been recognized and performed by the Pacifica Quartet, Tang Quartet, Spark Festival, Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the U.S., International Festival of Electroacoustic Music “Primavera en La Habana,” and the American Composers Orchestra’s Whitaker New Music Reading Sessions, among others. His music is recorded on the Capstone, New Ariel, and Navona labels. Recent commissions include Canonic Offerings, for the Bridges Conference on the Arts and Mathematics; gegenschein, for Piotr Szewczyk’s Violin Futura project; Reasons to Learn to Sing, for the 50th Anniversary of the College Music Society; Criticalities, commissioned for the 75th Anniversary of Chicago Pile-1 (the first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear reaction); and a setting of Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner’s poem for the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit, Dear Matafele Peinam. Also active in music theory, he is on the editorial board of Perspectives of New Music and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Mathematics and Music, and has published in Science, Perspectives of New Music, Journal of Music Theory, Music Theory Online, and Intégral. He holds degrees from the University of Chicago, Peabody Conservatory, and Tulane University and is Professor of Composition at Florida State University.