Aaron Siegel’s inquisitive and playful work represents a personal vision of how we live with and respond to the sounds in our world. He is a composer of music for the concert stage, the theater, video, and public art. His large body of work for mallet percussion instruments has been embraced by a wide range of ensembles and is performed on a regular basis throughout the United States. Siegel is one of the co-founders of Experiments in Opera (EiO) with whom he has produced over 30 new operatic works since its founding in 2011. He also runs LockStep Records, an independent label dedicated to musical work at the intersections of improvisation, composition and sound art.
Highlights of the past seasons include the premiere Siegel’s evening length opera, Brother Brother, at the Abrons Arts Center in May 2014. In 2015, EiO premiered Sisyphus, a co-composed opera with Matthew Welch and Jason Cady. Siegel’s monodrama ‘Laughing’ which tells the story of Abraham and Isaac through the lens of a tortured performance artist was premiered at Roulette in Brooklyn in April 2015. Young People’s Chorus of New York City commissioned Aaron to write a new work for young voices for its Radio Radiance Series. The resulting piece, ‘The Mysteries of Nothing’ was premiered in April 2015 at SubCulture. In Fall 2014, Siegel released his first recording as the solo artist ‘Call Us Your People,’ an hourlong meditation on death and absurdity for voice and synthesizer.
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