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Charles Griffin, Composer and Educator
Transcript of Charles Griffin, Composer and Educator
Recent Multimedia Projects
Performers & Festivals
Emergence - a 4-movement work for Flute
Quartet, Dance, Video and Electronics
zoom in, and add details to these Frames
Hold the Mayo
Directed by: Jeffrey Williams - 8 min. - U S A, United Kingdom
A beleaguered sandwich store clerk has a life-altering encounter with
Frank - a force of nature who believes the customer is always right.
Horribly, horribly right.
Lux Aeterna - 2008
Performances in Latvia, Lithuania & Sweden, 2010 & 11
Vernacular Dances - 1996
Set Fire to Have Light - 2004
For the Straight Way was Lost -2002
A native New Yorker, Charles Griffin’s works have been regularly performed throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Cuba, and
Puerto Rico in such venues as Merkin and Weill Recital Halls in NYC and Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, the SpoletoUSA,
Aspen, and International Cervantino Festivals, and conventions of the WPPC (World Piano Pedagogy Conference), PASIC
(Percussive Arts Society), ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) and NFA (National Flute Association).
He has received grants from ASCAP, Meet the Composer’s Commissioning Music/USA, Queens Council on the Arts and New
Dramatists, and commissions from Ethos Percussion Group, the Piedmont Choirs, and the Dale Warland Singers, among others.
His work has been included on several Compact Discs and has regularly been aired on radio stations such as WNYC and WQXR in
New York, WGBH in Boston and WHPK in Chicago.His several residencies have included Faith Partners (an interfaith residency in
New York City funded by the Wolfensohn Family Foundation involving Temple Emanu-el, St. Bartholomew’s Church and St.
Ignatius-Loyola, where he composed four choral works for the three institutions), another choral residency at the Frank Sinatra High School for the Arts, and most recently, during the summers 2004 and 2006 at the International Festival for Young Latvian Musicians, in Ogre, Latvia.
In 2005, he relocated to Latvia, where he worked on projects with his own 8-piece ensemble as well as commissions from the Riga-based women’s vocal ensemble Putni, for the 6th International Organ Music Festival in Liepaja (a large work for organ, timpani and 30-voice choir), and US-based commissions for The Westchester Chamber Orchestra and the Manhattan Choral Ensemble, among others.
In 2010 he returned to the US to become Course Director of Advanced Music Composition in Full Sail University's Bachelor of Science in Music Production degree program near Orlando, Florida. He is currently the President of the newly formed Central Florida Composers Forum.
As a freelance copyist, orchestrator or arranger, Griffin has worked on projects for Phillips Classics, Jessye Norman, Hugh Downs, Yo Yo Ma, and President Clinton’s Inauguration. He earned his B. A. in voice and composition and M. A. in composition from Queens College, City University of New York, and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He is a member of ASCAP, former Director of the New York Chapter of the American Composers Forum, and was on the board of directors of the Long Island Composers Alliance for several years. He has served on the adjunct faculties of Hofstra University, Columbia University’s Teacher’s College and Nassau Community College. He was elected into the Latvian Composer’s Union in 2006.
I used Adobe After Effects to create the 4th movement's animated graphic score.
The flutists and audience respond to what's happening on the screen
just a sampling... I have been the recipient of more than 25 paid commissions performed in 20 countries