Robert Carl (b.1954) studied composition with Jonathan Kramer, George Rochberg, Ralph Shapey, and Iannis Xenakis. His music is performed throughout the US and Europe, and is published by American Composers' Alliance, Boosey & Hawkes, Roncorp, and Apoll-Edition. His grants, prizes and residencies have come from such sources as the National Endowment for the Arts, Tanglewood, Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Camargo Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Ucross, Millay Colony, Bogliasco Foundation, Djerassi Foundation, the Aaron Copland House, and the Rockefeller Foundation.
He has been awarded a 2005 Chamber Music America commission for a string quintet written for the Miami String Quartet and Robert Black. An excerpt from his opera-in-progress Harmony (with novelist Russell Banks) was presented in May 2005 in the New York City Opera’s VOX Showcase series. He is also the recipient of the 1998 Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. New World Records released a CD of three large string chamber works in March 2006. In 2007, Carl received a fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council for travel to Japan to research contemporary Japanese composers, and he has been commissioned by Oxford University Press to write a book on the premiere of Terry Riley’s In C.
Other CD releases of his work are found on Neuma, Koch International, Lotus, Centaur, Vienna Modern Masters, E.R.M., and The Aerial. For fifteen years he was a co-director of the Extension Works new music ensemble in Boston; he is chair of the composition department at the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, and writes extensively on new music for Fanfare Magazine. He studies shakuhachi with Ralph Samuelson.
ACA Composer Composition
|Robert Carl||WHAT'S UNDERFOOT (Orch version)||17 players
2 Fl (both dbl picc) Ob Cl SopSx Bsn Hn Tpt C Bstbn Perc(2) piano strings:
|Robert Carl||INEVITABLE WAVE for chamber orchestra and fixed media audio||fl/dbl pic, ob, cl/bscl, Bari sax/dbl sop. sax, bsn; horn, tpt C, bstbn, tba, timp, perc(3), piano, strings
chamber orchestra, fixed media
|Robert Carl||MATTER OF SCALE||-
Chamber orchestra: pic/2-2-2-2; 2-2-0-0; perc; str
|Robert Carl||DUKE MEETS MORT||Chamber orchestra: 2-1/eh-2-ssax-2; 2-1-1-0; perc; str
|Robert Carl||DISTANT SHORE II||sop, cham orch
S, cham ens: pic, fl, tpt, hn, double str 4tet: 4-4-2-2, cb
|Robert Carl||EBB & FLOW||-
Flute/piccolo, oboe/english horn, bass clarinet, bassoon; horn (2), trumpet, trombone, percussion (2), violin, cello
|Robert Carl||Distant Shore I||-
Chamber orchestra: 2-1-1-1; 1-1-1-0, harp. 2 percussion, strings