Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Chris Vaisvil

Hello, I am a 12 tet and microtonal composer who works at the edge between acoustic and electronic instruments. I have a BS in Chemistry and an AA in Music and I find that each discipline informs the other.

My art is about now and is a response to the inspiration I feel from the visual, musical, poetic, and literary art of 20th and 21st centuries as well as science and world events. The art of our period I think has so much to say about who we are, where we have been, and what we will, or will not be as a community – a world village – a people, a unity of souls divided by the gulf of physical being and monetary inequity but united in spirit, desires, hopes and dreams. My goal is to communicate with you and if what I do speaks to you then I as an artist have succeeded.

I have performed several times in Urbana IL at the Independent Media Center in association with Oddmusic Urbana and performed at the Xenharmonic Praxis 2011 held at the Gesundheit! Institute in West Virginia. My music has received radio play and I have had pieces selected for the 2010 Voxnovus / UnTwelve 60 by 60 (17ET Jazz), and 2011 Vox Novus 60×60 international mix (Free Sue). These pieces have been performed in Chicago, New York City, Boston and other cities internationally. (Vox Novus 60×60)

Additionally my composition “Ediacaran Garden” for classical guitar has been selected and performed by Kenji Haba in New York City as part of the Vox Novus Composer’s Voice series. A collaboration, As If – Spoken, with Kat Desiel, Christiane Offbar and myself in received terrestial air play in Brussels (July 9th, 2013) on Radio Panik 104.5 FM. My composition “Prelude for a Centaur Tuned Piano” was performed live over terrestrial radio (July 20th 2013) by Aaron Krister Johnson on Chicago’s classical radio station WFMT. You can stream the show it here or downland the podcast.

I am involved in a number of microtonal internet gatherings such as Untwelve where I serve as a board member and help put together microtonal happenings. Also I am a member composer for Vox Novus. As part of my microtonal reach out host full albums of music by other artists and myself, provide Gene Ward Smith an example area for his tuning research, host a ton of examples by myself and others in a lot of different tunings. (My offer of web hosting for the music of fellow artists on a case by case basis. Please contact me if you have a need and can follow US copyright law.)

Unless otherwise noted my (Chris Vaisvil’s) music is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND license.

I accept requests for composing scores and/or audio rendering of the scores on a commission basis under the company banner of Vaisvil Compositions, LLC. The music you commission will be composed to your specifications. This can be music for your film, text, poetry, or lyrics set to music and can be exclusively for your own performance as you desire. Contact me at chrisvaisvil @ gmail dot com to discuss the project you have in mind.

If you want to support my work in general you can donate in the amount that is appropriate for you by emailing me for my how to do so. All funds will be used to support the music and related work that I am donating to the public under the Creative Commons License. If you would like a physical memento of your donation I would be glad to provide a CD or DVD of my work.