Charles Curtis (musician)

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Charles Curtis
GenresAvant-garde
InstrumentsCello
LabelsShimmy Disc

Charles Curtis is a performer and composer of a wide variety of music, with particular emphasis on the avant-garde. Curtis is most strongly associated with minimalism, modern classical, and so-called "downtown music."

A graduate of Juilliard School, Curtis has since been involved with the music department at Princeton University and at the University of California, San Diego. He has served as Professor of Contemporary Music Performance at UCSD since 2000, where he serves as artistic director for the chamber music series Camera Lucida.

Curtis has studied under such masters as vocalist Pandit Pran Nath and composer La Monte Young and still regularly records and performs. He has also worked closely with composers such as Eliane Radigue and Alvin Lucier.

Selected discography[edit]

Album Title Record Label Release Year Notes
They Shimmy Disc 1988 With King Missile
Ultra White Violet Light Beau Rivage 1997 With Charles Curtis Trio
Failure Shimmy Disc 1998 With King Missile.
Alvin Lucier Antiopic 2005 With Anthony Burr and composer Alvin Lucier.
Naldjvorlak Shiiin 2008 With composer Eliane Radigue.
Bach: An Imaginary Dance eOne 2012
Clarinet and String Quartet Saltern 2015 With Anthony Burr, Graeme Jennings, Garcia Ouzounian, Che-Yen Chen, and composer Morton Feldman.
Orpheus Variations Important Records 2019 With Petr Kotik, SEM Ensemble, and composer Alvin Lucier.
Chamber Music Important Records 2019 With Anthony Burr and composers Alvin Lucier and Morton Feldman.
Performances & Recordings 1998–2018 Saltern 2020 Archival release

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