The musical esthetic of composer and violinist Cornelius Dufallo was informed by his years of playing in many of New York’s most compelling contemporary music ensembles and his work with some of today’s most renowned composers and performers. Dufallo is currently a member of the contemporary music ensembles ETHEL and Ne(x)tworks, and writes and arranges music for both groups regularly.
Recent commissions include Night Visions for solo piano, commissioned by pianist Jenny Lin and recorded on her recent CD Insomnimaniac (released by KOCH International Classics); Senescence Music for string quartet, commissioned by arts>World Financial Center and performed by ETHEL; Mindscape 1 for violin and laptop, commissioned by the dance company OtherShore and premiered by the composer in 2008; Mindscape 2 for mixed ensemble, commissioned by Ne(x)tworks and premiered as part of the 2009 MATA Festival; and Fragments of Celestial Color for chamber orchestra, commissioned and premiered by the Maple City Chamber Orchestra in 2007. Dream Streets, a CD of Dufallo’s music for violin and electronics (released by Innova Recordings in 2009) was praised by Time Out New York as “a beautiful, evocative disc of electroacoustic soundscapes…all [of which] serve as apt reminders of this vital artist’s considerable gifts.”
Upcoming projects include a new piece for solo piano (commissioned by Jenny Lin), a piece for multi-tracked flutes (commissioned by Margaret Langcaster), and a new project for multi-tracked violins.
In the 2000-2001 season, Dufallo was a featured American composer at the Library of Congress, where the Flux Quartet performed his Afterimage: the Crossing of Invisible Paths. In 2002 he was awarded a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Juilliard School. Since that time, his music has been heard around the country and overseas, in performances by the Flux Quartet, Ne(x)tworks, ETHEL, and other artists.
Dufallo is a member of ASCAP as both composer and publisher and recipient of the ASCAP Plus Award for 2009-2010.
Cornelius Dufallo appears in the following:
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Senescence Music was written in 2008 as part of ETHEL's collaboration with choreographer Annie-B Parson. The term senescence refers to the process of aging in plant leaves. When I wrote Senescence Music I had in mind the image of a leaf slowly turning color. The piece begins in early autumn and ends in the dead of winter. Senescence Music was premiered in December, 2008, as part of ETHEL and Annie-B Parson's Wait For Green.