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Jack Herscowitz is a Los Angeles based composer, improviser, and sound artist who engages deep inter-personal collaborations, trans-disciplinary thinking, and alternate definitions of "score" to recognize music as a process which has always extended beyond the singular dimension of sound. His work runs the wide gamut of interactive sound installations, noisy live processed improvisations, ethereal drone soundscapes, theatrical chamber music, and communal spaces for sound making.
His music has been performed throughout the United States and Europe by artists including the Arditti Quartet, Del Sol String Quartet, Ensemble Dal Niente, Syntagma Piano Duo, Atlantic Reed Consort, Hypercube, Anat Nazarathy, Anaís Azul, and Pete Francis. His work has been presented by IRCAM’s ManiFeste Festival, Barcelona Modern Festival, soundpedro, June in Buffalo, Neofonía Festival de Música Nueva de Ensenada, CEME Festival, Arts Letters and Numbers, DePaul University's Residency for New Music, and the Provincetown Film Festival, with performances at the Centquatre-Paris (France), CENART (Mexico), Hellerau European Centre for the Arts (Germany), Phonos UPF (Spain), the Moscow Conservatory (Russia), Chiesa di Santa Maria di Canepanova Pavia (Italy), Riverside Church (NYC), 2220 Arts and Archives (Los Angeles), Coaxial Arts Foundation (Los Angeles), Automata Theater (Los Angeles), Beyond Baroque (Los Angeles), the Bowes Center (San Francisco), the Spencer Museum of Art (Lawrence, Kansas), and the Montpelier Arts Center (Laurel, Maryland).
Jack performs improvised live electronics on custom coded digital instruments with Mystic Elevator (voice + electronics), Castle Anthrax (percussion + tuba + electronics) and with soloists Ana Luisa Diaz de Cossio and Jeonghyeon Joo. He has collaborated on multidisciplinary works with poet/novelist Julia Alvarez, filmmaker/artist Clemente Ciarrocca, installation artist Ásgerður Arnardóttir, choreographer Ashlee Dance, and choreographer/filmmaker Sam Kann. Alongside cellist James Alexander, he cofounded the Lawrence, KS based interdisciplinary arts group, Amorphous Collective.
Jack recieved his M.F.A. in Composition and Experimental Sound Practices at CalArts and his B.A. in Music and Environmental Studies from Middlebury College. His teachers include Michael Pisaro-Liu, Steve Lehman, Carolyn Chen, Tim Feeney, Micaela Tobin, and Matthew Evan Taylor.