Richard Carrick, a Guggenheim fellow, is a composer, conductor and pianist who writes music of spatial depth and robust stasis, characterized by continual development and the evocation of profound human experiences. Described both as “charming, with exoticism and sheer infectiousness” and “organic and restless” by The New York Times, Carrick’s music is influenced by his multicultural background and experiences as well as his commitment to inspire professionals, audiences and youth through composition and live performance.
His CD release, Cycles of Evolution, incorporates pieces commissioned and performed by Musicians of the New York Philharmonic, Either/Or, Sweden’s Ensemble Son, Hotel Elefant and String Orchestra of Brooklyn. Carrick conducts or performs on all works on this CD, which includes his ‘apocalyptic’ multimedia work for performers and video, Prisoner’s Cinema. Carrick’s first recording also on New World Records, the “rich, beguiling” (The New York Times) extended chamber composition Flow Cycle for Strings, translates psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s ‘flow’ principle into sonic terms. Carrick’s improvisation-based disc Stone Guitars garnered critical attention in both the new music and guitar worlds, causing American Record Guide to note ‘it may change your perception of electric guitar’.
While on Guggenheim Fellowship in 2015-16 Carrick moved to Rwanda and and penned a new official arrangement of the Rwandan National Anthem, premiered Waterfall for piano and orchestra, and initiated a young composer program in Kigali.
Recent premieres include concert length music for dance with New Chamber Ballet, Israeli premiere of Space:Time (Fromm Foundation Commission) and “The Music of Richard Carrick” three premieres at Miller Theatre.
His music has been programmed and presented internationally at festivals including NYPHIL BIENNIAL, ISCM World Music Days-Switzerland, Library of Congress, Enescu Festival, Pacific Rim Festival, Miller Theatre, Mid-American New Music Festival, and Darmstadt Summer Festival, and performed by musicians including the JACK Quartet, Mivos Quartet, Nieuw Ensemble, Wet Ink Ensemble, New York New Music Ensemble, Sequitur Ensemble, Musica Nova (Tel Aviv), Hotel Elefant, Marilyn Nonken, Taka Kigawa, Margaret Lancaster, Vasko Dukovski, Jennifer Choi, Tony Arnold, Magnus Andersson, Steven Schick, Rohan de Saram, and others.
Carrick is co-founder and co-artistic director of Either/Or, declared ‘first rate’ and ‘a trustworthy purveyor of fresh sounds’ by The New York Times, and winner of the 2015 CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. As conductor and pianist, Carrick has worked closely with many celebrated composers including Helmut Lachenmann, Jonny Greenwood, Chaya Czernowin, Elliott Sharp, George Lewis, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Iancu Dumitrescu, Robert Ashley, Rebecca Saunders, Karin Rehnqvist and Raphael Cendo. Carrick conducting E/O’s ambitious performance of “John Cage Party Pieces” premiered 125 scores by renowned composers from around the world.
Carrick is current Chair of Composition at Berklee College of Music, where he directs the Composer/Performer Ensemble and teaches composing for dance and alternate approaches for structuring real-time music creation. He has presented masterclasses and lectures internationally. Former posts include composition faculty at Columbia and New York Universities, and teaching artist for the New York Philharmonic through which he has mentored hundreds of young composers internationally.
A US/French citizen born in Paris of French-Algerian and British descent, Carrick received his BA from Columbia University, MA and PhD from the University of California-San Diego working with Brian Ferneyhough, and pursued further studies at IRCAM and the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague. Scores distributed by Project Schott New York. www.richardcarrick.com
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