bio

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Alexander Sigman’s instrumental, electroacoustic, film, multimedia, and installation works have been featured at major international festivals, exhibitions, institutions, and venues across Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America. In June 2007, Sigman was Composer-in-Residence at the Musiques Démesurées festival in Clermont-Ferrand, France. Subsequently, he was awarded residency fellowships by the Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart, Germany) the Djerassi Foundation, the Paul Dresher Ensemble Artists Residency Center, and Gullkistan (Iceland). In 2013 and 2014, he undertook a musical research residency at IRCAM.

In 2008, Sigman became Co-Editor of  Search Journal for New Music and Culture  and Managing Director of Ensemble Modelo62.   In 2010, he co-founded the Menlo-Atherton Academy of Contemporary Music (MAACM), a San Francisco Bay Area arts education organization.  Since 2015, Sigman has been on the Board of the JSSA (Japanese Society for Sonic Arts) and a member of the JSEM (Japanese Society for Electronic Music). 

Current projects include Minotaur, an intermedia performance installation for dance, video, live painting, and sound, realized in collaboration with choreographer Erika Tsimbrovsky, and alarm/will/sound, a series of modified car alarm systems designed in conjunction with London and Berlin-based product designer Matthias Megyeri, a chamber opera based on 3 films by Croatian filmmaker Damir Ocko,  and Future Pleasures, a game-environment-based interactive audio-centric experience, developed in conjunction with animation artist Eunjung Hwang and game developer/artist John Cabral. 

Nominal/Noumenal, Sigman’s first portrait recording, was released on Carrier Records in 2012. This album features performances by Les Percussions de Strasbourg, Ensemble SurPlus, and ensemble ascolta. His violin and electronics piece VURTRUVURT is included on violinist/violist Miranda Cuckson's solo CD Melting the Darkness, released in 2014 on Urlicht Audiovisual. His 2-disc (CD + DVD) audiovisual album fcremap was released in 2017 on New Focus Recordings. Other works of Sigman’s may be heard on recordings released on the Lotus Open Factory and Innova labels.

Recently, Sigman has collbaborated with Nordic Affect (Reykjavik), Fonema Consort (Chicago), Discord Workshop (Belgium), Ensemble Modelo62 (Netherlands), Duo Harpverk (Rekjavik), guitarists Nico Couck and Jordan Dodson, percussionist Eric Derr, pianist Frederick Croene,  haegeum player Jeonghyeon Joo, and khaen (Laotian/Thai mouth organ) player Christopher Adler, among others. 

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Also active as a researcher, Sigman’s academic writing has been widely published in peer-reviewed books, journals, and conference proceedings. In Spring 2019, articles on the aesthetics and techniques of recent robot operas and on the influences of timbre classication models emanating from the musique concrète/acousmatic tradition on aspects of alarm/will/sound’s research and creative dimensions will be published in Computer Music Journal (MIT Press) and Organised Sound (Cambridge University Press), respectively.  

Sigman completed his doctorate in Music Composition at Stanford University in 2010. Prior to Stanford, he obtained a BM in Music and a BA in Cognitive Sciences from Rice University. Further postgraduate studies were undertaken at the University for Music and the Performing Arts Vienna, as well as the Institute for Sonology of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague (Netherlands). In 2015, he was appointed Associate Professor and Chair of the Music program at the International College of Liberal Arts (iCLA) of Yamanashi Gakuin University in Kofu, Japan.

© Alexander Sigman 2013-2018