Peter Ivan Edwards creates compositions independently and in collaboration with other musicians. His own works rely heavily on algorithms and different forms of probability to generate the behavior of musical personalities. These works are about energy, the push and pull of characters manifested in sound and form. They also explore the semiotics of sound, how a sound can signify or reference something beyond itself. The collaboratively created works are structured improvisations wherein the general features are determined but the details are decided in performance. These works explore the use of signal processing to create new sounds and extended instruments as well as ways in which the computer can be an interactive partner in performance. Through these artistic activities, he seeks to explore our understanding of the expressive and communicative possibilities of sound.
His work has been performed throughout the world by numerous ensembles, including the Ensemble Interface, Mutare Ensemble, Ensemble SurPlus, Ensemble Chronophonie, Ensemble Ascolta, the Noise Ensemble, the mmm… collective, and the La Jolla Symphony at major international festivals including the Darmstadt Ferienkurse für neue Musik, the MATA Festival, Donaueschinger Musiktage, and Wien Modern. His debut CD Object Lessons is available on Albany Records.
Edwards was born in New York in 1973, studied composition at Northwestern University; UC, San Diego; and the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany. His principle composition teachers were Chaya Czernowin and Nicolaus A. Huber. He currently lives in Singapore where he teaches music composition at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.
Ming Tsao is Professor of Composition at Göteborg University in Sweden and holds a PhD in Music Composition from the University of California, San Diego, an MA in Mathematics from the San Francisco State University, an MA in Ethnomusicology from Columbia University and a BM in Music Composition from the Berklee College of Music. Further studies have included logic and philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley.
Performance projects include the opera Die Geisterinsel for the Staatsoper Stuttgart in 2011 and his full realization of Stockhausen’s Plus Minus successfully premiered in the Wittener Tage Festival 2013. His compositions have been performed by ensembles such as the Arditti Quartet, ensemble recherche, ELISION Ensemble, Ensemble SurPlus, Ensemble Ascolta in venues such as the Donaueschingen Musiktage Festival, Wien Modern, Wittener Tage Festival, Maerz Musik, Darmstadt New Music Courses. He is currently working on a song cycle Mirandas Atemwende with text by Paul Celan and J H Prynne to be premiered in 2015.
Music by Ming Tsao can be found on the labels Kairos, with performances by the Staatsoper Stuttgart, as well as Mode Records, with performances by the Arditti Quartet and ensemble recherche. Books by Ming Tsao include Abstract Musical Intervals: Group Theory for Composition and Analysis. His music is published by Edition Peters.