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Lee Weisert is a composer of instrumental and electronic music and an assistant professor in the Music Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has degrees in music composition from the University of Colorado (BM, 2000), CalArts (MM, 2004), and Northwestern University (DM, 2010). Some of Weisert’s current compositional interests include physical modeling, recursive structures, and micro-montage. His recent music has incorporated increasingly disparate elements such as orchestral instruments, found sounds, field recordings, digital synthesis, and analog circuitry, in an attempt to find, “through experimentation, tinkering, and unconventional approaches, a ritualistic and deeply expressive world of sound” (Dan Lippel, New Focus Recordings). Along with composer Jonathon Kirk, he is a member of the Portable Acoustic Modification Laboratory (PAML), a collaborative sound installation team. Wild Arc, his first CD of original compositions, was released by New Focus Recordings in 2014.
Jonathon Kirk is a composer, sound artist and educator based in Chicago. His work has most recently been presented at the Tate Modern, the London and Melbourne International Animation Festivals, the Los Angeles Short film festival, the Courtisane Festival in Brussels, Soundtrack Cologne festival, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnoligie, Festival Musica Viva in Portugal, and the Itaú Cultural in Sao Paulo. His musical compositions have been performed by the Dal Niente, Spektral Quartet, the Harvard Collegium Musicum, and members of Alarm Will Sound and Champ D’action. He has been a composer-in-residence at the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona (2009) and, from 2000 through 2001, was in residency at the Logos Foundation for Experimental Music in Gent, Belgium. His music is published on Innova Records, Albany Records, Ears & Eyes Records and Medusa Critical Publications and he currently serves as an associate professor of music at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.