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.
Violinist Kristin Lee, a winner of 2015 Avery Fisher Career grant, joins with composer and “hacked” theremin performer, Jakub Ciupinski, to bring a program with groundbreaking sounds and technology. Ms. Lee enjoys a vibrant career as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, and is a member of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Mr. Ciupinski, head of Studio Composition program as well as artistic director of Purchase Orchestra Electric at SUNY Purchase, has been commissioned by various institutions and ensembles, including The New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute and the Metropolis Ensemble.
How do the possibilities and limitations of an instrument inform the music written for that instrument? And when the instrument is a piece of software, how does that expand the composer/performer’s palette? Ableton Live is a powerful and flexible piece of software popular with dance music producers, remixers and new music artists alike. Hear five live performances from different artists, each highlighting their unique take on making music with this creative tool. Featuring performances by: Jakub Ciupinski, Adam Cuthbért, Todd Reynolds, Shayna Dunkelman, Neil Rolnick/Ashley Bathgate.
a.k.a Jakub Zak
a.k.a Jakub Zak