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COMPOSER


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COMPOSER


Jakub Ciupinski ('yacoob chioopinsky') is Polish composer living in New York City. Although his music is often associated with electronics and interactive performances, he has written numerous pieces for traditional acoustic forces, varying in scope from solo miniatures to an hour long Oratorio for symphony orchestra and double choir. At the age of 18, he signed a contract with Sony Music Poland and since then has been recording electronica-infused world music under the stage name Jakub Żak. His concert music has been commissioned by various institutions and ensembles including Metropolis Ensemble, The New Juilliard Ensemble, The New York City Ballet's Choreographic Institute, as well as the world-famous violinists Anne Akiko-Meyers and Philippe Quint. His works have been performed around the world, including prestigious venues such as Tonhalle in Zurich and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York. Ciupinski is a co-founder of Blind Ear Music, New York based group of composers and instrumentalists performing improvised, real-time compositions, using wirelessly connected laptops as musical score displays. He has also designed his own instrument for performing electronic music using hand gestures. He has collaborated with a variety of artists, musicians, choreographers and film directors, including Oscar winning director Andrzej Wajda, and scored the music for United Nations documentary “Opening Doors”. Ciupinski studied with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Christopher Rouse at The Juilliard School, Zbigniew Bujarski and Krzysztof Penderecki at the Cracow Academy of Music, and with Edwin Roxbrough and Joe Cutler at the Birmingham Conservatoire. Since 2013 he has been teaching at Purchase College, State University of New York where he serves as head of Studio Composition program as well as artistic director and conductor of Purchase Orchestra Electric, an innovative multimedia project combining live orchestra with electronics, lights and and video projection mapping.

 

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Music


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Music


...composer Jakub Ciupinski performs his electronic score live, his waving hands triggering percussive sounds; he looks like a mad scientist...
— The Boston Globe
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Gesture


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Gesture


Mr. Ciupinski, whose compositions often include electronics, began this piece with quiet, rippling, meditative motifs in the piano’s upper register. A range of alluring sound effects on the strings, a vivid pulse and a hypnotic intensity held a listener’s attention throughout.
— The New York Times

Electronica


a.k.a Jakub Zak

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Electronica


a.k.a Jakub Zak


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Technology


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Technology


This is electronic wizardry in the best sense of the word.
— San Francisco Classical Voice
Theremin made the instrument sing; Ciupinski makes it dance!
— WOSU Classical 101

Real-Time


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Real-Time


Using Ciupinski’s software, performers repeat loops that are notated on individual computers and changed in real-time by the composer at the master computer. In this way, the composer can shape a composition even as the musicians play it.
— The Juilliard Journal