Mizzou New Music Summer Festival
July 11, 2011
Growing up in Detroit, Roger Reynolds was absorbed with internal fantasies of sound and movement. Later, he had not one but two inspirational teachers, Ross Lee Finney and Roberto Gerhard. While still at the University of Michigan, he co-founded the maverick ONCE Group, then embarked on seven years of wanderings through Europe and Asia. In 1969, Reynolds took up a tenured position at University of California, San Diego”s department of music and founded the university’s Center for Music Experiment.
Reynolds’ singular exploration of sound spatialization has helped him create site-responsive works for distinctive architecture (Isozaki’s, Kahn’s, Wright’s and Gehry’s). He has worked with Esa-Pekka Salonen, David Robertson, Seiji Ozawa, Gunther Schuller, and Leonard Slatkin, with the Ensemble InterContemporain, Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Ensemble Recherche, Alarm Will Sound, Court-Circuit, choreographers Lucinda Childs and Bill T. Jones, and particularly with Irvine Arditti’s String Quartet. He has collaborated with John Ashbery (“Whispers Out of Time,” a string orchestra work arising out of an Ashbery poem, garnered him the 1989 Pulitzer Prize.) as well as inventor-philosopher Buckminster Fuller. Other alliances have led to a wealth of literary, artistic, cinematic, theatrical and dance engagements. Reynolds is a sought-after mentor involving master classes at the major North American universities, the Beijing National Conservatory, the Sibelius Academy and the Paris Conservatoire.