Discipline: Music Composition

Eric Chasalow

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: Newtonville, MA
MacDowell Fellowships: 1984, 1986, 1998, 2004, 2007, 2019

Eric Chasalow is a composer known for both electroacoustic music and music for traditional instruments. Among the last generation to work at the original Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center, since 1990 he has directed BEAMS, the Brandeis Electro-Acoustic Music Studio. Eric holds awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The Library of Congress established an Eric Chasalow Collection in 2009, and his music may be found on a number of record labels, including New World Records, and his own, Suspicious Motives Records. A library edition of his complete works for solo instrument and electronics was released in 2015 (available through Tfront.com). Eric is the Irving G. Fine Professor of Music and the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Brandeis University.

While at MacDowell, Eric will be worked on a piece for the Lydian String Quartet that explore the boundaries between art installation and concert music. This piece will take multiple forms and be premiered in spring 2020 in both concert halls and museum spaces.

Portrait by Mike Lovett


Delta Omicron

Eric Chasalow worked in the Delta Omicron studio.

Delta Omicron Studio was funded by members of the international musical fraternity in 1927. The building design is somewhat medieval in character, with an unusual cedar shingle pattern, a steeply pitched slate roof, intersecting gables, and small windows. After a 2016 deep-energy renovation, Delta Omicron is now one of the most energy efficient studio on the property…

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