Duncan Chapman

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Duncan Chapman is a composer and sound artist who regularly works with leading music organisations throughout the world.  Much of his composing and sound artistry results in sound installations, recordings or multi-media performances. Recent projects include co-directing a large-scale performance project for Casa da Música (Porto) and the St Andrews Voices festival in Fife.  Duncan’s other numerous projects include  Dark Januaries, an annual personal composition project with Isabel Jones;  But where do we get the water?: London Chamber Orchestra for orchestra, young players / laptop ensemble ; Rising Breath with Stewart Collinson and Mike McInerney at Seeing Sound 2016; developing and presenting family concerts (London Sinfonietta) exploring music and science ; leading the Fanfare project for young composers (Royal Opera House); Director, Link Ensemble  (Britten Sinfonia) ; Performances with Supriya Nagarajan (Manasamitra) lullabies project at the Ultima Festival (Oslo);  the Kamppi “Chapel of Silence” (Helsinki); anthem for the Choir of York Minster and orchestral lullabies (Iceland Symphony Orchestra).  The audio-visual piece Mode 5 Down the Mountain was selected for the 2016 Drone Cinema Festival and released on a Silent Records compilation.Duncan is also currently involved in touring White Cane (Salamanda Tandem) and performances for Spitalfields Music, HCMF & Firstsite Gallery. He also contributes to courses at De Montfort & York Universities and is an external examiner (Music & Communities) at Aberdeen University.

Recent performances and presentations include Rising Breath @ Noisefloor Festival 2017 (Stoke on Trent), Lead: Gold @  Listen to the Voice of Fire: Alchemy in Sound Art 2017 (National Library of Wales), Sonifying myself The Music of Sound, a sonification symposium 2017 (Oxford University). 

Current projects include: directing a project for the 2017 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (with Sound and Music) based on the Music for Young Players series of pieces from the 1960’s/70’s, further work with the Lullabies project in Oslo, Helsinki and in the UK,  ongoing work with De Montfort University MU on the pan-Eu Interfaces project and mentoring two composers (for Sound and Music) writing pieces for the Paraorchestra.

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