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Amy Knoles

Amy Knoles - Alternate Mode Artist
I play percussion, mainly electronic percussion. I'll play drumset (my roots) but, with triggers; MalletKat with less emphasis on performing on a mallet instrument and more often about controlling interactive video; Push and Quneo for tweaking audio and live looping, sometimes solo or with other improvisers: musicians (Krieger, Henke...), performance artists (R2Co...) or dancers (M. Sakamoto...). I rarely perform "contemporary music" written by other composers anymore (exception right now is Julius Eastman's music because I enjoy the challenge of being "four pianists" using only a foot controller and lots (24 in the Eastman) of loopers in Ableton, or music by composers interested in deep exploration of concept or sound). 

I've got several recordings coming out with like-minded artists: Julius Fujak (SL) and Jon Dobie (UK).

I have received major awards from Meet The Composer (2006), American Composers Forum (2005 & 2007 & 2009), Durfee Foundation (2003), UNESCO (2001), C.O.L.A. (2001), Lester Horton (2001), and was the 1996 ASCAP Foundation " Composer-in-Residence at the Music Center of Los Angeles”. Was Executive Director of the California E.A.R. Unit for thirty years, and recently created the department of Electronic Percussion for CalArts. I've worked with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Kronos Quartet, Pierre Boulez, Rachel Rosenthal, LA Master Chorale, NatPlast, Squint, Ensemble Modern of Frankfurt, The Bang On A Can All Stars; Composers: Andriessen, Cage, Carter, Feldman,Flea, Gordon, Jones, Kagel, Knowles, Lang, Machover, Preston, Reich, Rosenboom, Subotnick, Wolfe, Wourinen, Zappa, Ziporyn and many others.

I have amazing students at CalArts. I teach them how to program electronic percussion controllers, the fundamentals of music and how to write for percussionists. 
I play percussion, mainly electronic percussion. I'll play drumset (my roots) but, with triggers; MalletKat with less emphasis on performing on a mallet instrument and more often about controlling interactive video; Push and Quneo for tweaking audio and live looping, sometimes solo or with other improvisers: musicians (Krieger, Henke...), performance artists (R2Co...) or dancers (M. Sakamoto...). I rarely perform "contemporary music" written by other composers anymore (exception right now is Julius Eastman's music because I enjoy the challenge of being "four pianists" using only a foot controller and lots (24 in the Eastman) of loopers in Ableton, or music by composers interested in deep exploration of concept or sound). 

I've got several recordings coming out with like-minded artists: Julius Fujak (SL) and Jon Dobie (UK).

I have received major awards from Meet The Composer (2006), American Composers Forum (2005 & 2007 & 2009), Durfee Foundation (2003), UNESCO (2001), C.O.L.A. (2001), Lester Horton (2001), and was the 1996 ASCAP Foundation " Composer-in-Residence at the Music Center of Los Angeles”. Was Executive Director of the California E.A.R. Unit for thirty years, and recently created the department of Electronic Percussion for CalArts. I've worked with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Kronos Quartet, Pierre Boulez, Rachel Rosenthal, LA Master Chorale, NatPlast, Squint, Ensemble Modern of Frankfurt, The Bang On A Can All Stars; Composers: Andriessen, Cage, Carter, Feldman,Flea, Gordon, Jones, Kagel, Knowles, Lang, Machover, Preston, Reich, Rosenboom, Subotnick, Wolfe, Wourinen, Zappa, Ziporyn and many others.

I have amazing students at CalArts. I teach them how to program electronic percussion controllers, the fundamentals of music and how to write for percussionists. 

Links

http://www.amyknoles.org/