Composition

 


Paprika King (1996/2008)

 

Pignato’s compositions, described as “intriguing” by the Haaretz News Service and “haunting” by the Charger Bulletin, have been premiered, performed, or exhibited as part of installations in North America, Europe, the Mid East, and beyond.

 

His scores blend traditional notation and graphic symbols with the intent of eliciting idiosyncratic interpretations. Recent pieces exploit distributed computing and web-based communication protocols to link performers working in disparate locations.

 

 

Excerpts from Scores

 

 

 

Reflections on the Razor’s Edge with Score
(Sam Houston State Percussion Ensemble)

 

 

 

 

Works for Distributed Ensembles



 

 

 

Selected Premieres, Performances, Installations

 

2016 Alcuni Ricordi su un Filo. Tape piece with dancers and DTM2 Ensemble, choreographed by Lisa Naugle, Auditorio Ennio Morricone, Universitą di Roma, Tor Vergata.

 

2016 Naturalinee2. Animated score, for any number of musicians, solo performance, Augsburg, Germany, Markus Wenniger (reeds)

 

2016 Naturalinee2. Animated score, for any number of musicians, premiered in Wroclaw, Poland by Shepherds of Cats (ensemble), featuring Markus Wenniger (reeds)

 

2015 Naturalinee1. Animated score, for any number of musicians, premiered at the Peck School of the Arts, the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, by Jeremy Zelman (guitar).

 

2015 Ritual for 3.  Trio for cello, clarinet, metallophones, and fixed media premiered at the SUNY Oneonta New Music Focus Week, featuring Dan Weinstein (cello) and Robin Seletsky (clarinet).

 

2015 Alcuni Ricordi su un Filo. Tape piece premiered as part of the SUNY Oneonta New Music Focus Week

 

2014 Reflections on the Razor’s Edge for Percussion Ensemble, commissioned by the Sam Houston University Percussion Ensemble, Dr. John Lane, Director

 

2014 Countenance for Big Band, Boston University Big Band, commissioned by the Boston University New Music Festival, Dr. Andrew Goodrich and Mr. Josh McDonald, Directors

 

2013 Residency for the premiere of War Again, produced with Kiki Keren-Huss and Lior Pinsky, at the Musrara Mix Festival for New Music, part of a UNESCO network of cultural programs for digital arts, Musrara School, Jerusalem, Israel

 

2013, Triologs, for drums, bass, and guitar

A composition that utilized Voice Over Internet Protocol to connect musicians in remote locations, premiered by the composer in New York, Jurica Jelic (bass) in Knin, Croatia, and U.K. Rattay (guitar) in Aachen, Germany, at the State University of New York, Oneonta’s New Music Focus Week

 

2012 Paprika King

Featured at Festival Musiques Démesurée, Clermont-Ferrand, France

 

2012 foolsbook for multiple players

A composition that utilized Voice Over Internet Protocol to connect two ensembles in remote locations, featured at the Musrara Mix Festival Main Stage 2012, part of a UNESCO network of cultural programs for digital arts, Jerusalem, Israel. Performed by atom3 in New York and Elevation 4 in Jerusalem

 

2012 Gazebo (interactive sound sculpture)

Demarest Town Gazebo, Bergen County, New Jersey, Featured Exhibit in the Ultra Sound Festival I

 

2012 Paprika King

Score and recording on display at sites throughout the United States. Curators and gallery directors, in the United States and abroad, have selected Paprika King to share gallery space with such luminaries as Karlheinz Stockhausen, John Cage, Wassily Kandinsky, and Earle Brown.  Exhibition sites included the Art School at Old Church, Demarest in Bergen County, New Jersey; The Graham Gund Gallery at Kenyon College in Ohio; Salisbury University in Maryland; Project Space Gallery, and the State University of New York, Oneonta.

 

2012 Excerpts from All Over, featuring cellist Keren Rosenbaum, State University of New York, Oneonta

 

2012 foolsbook for multiple players

Composition that utilized Voice Over Internet Protocol to connect two ensembles in remote locations; premiered by atom3 in New York and Elevation 4 in Jerusalem

 

2012 Paprika King

Score and recording featured in Streaming Museum’s John Cage Centennial Tribute/Composers Now Festival and projected across high visibility public screens on seven continents, including the Reuters and NASDAQ screens in Times Square, New York; Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia; seven locations in the United Kingdom; and locations in California, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Shanghai, St. Petersburg, Tokyo, Seoul, Johannesburg, Berlin, and Antarctica

 

2012 Abstracted from Source, a sound installation featuring acoustic sounds abstracted via electronic signal processing. Project Space Gallery, State University of New York, Oneonta

 

2011 All Over for distributed ensemble

Collaborative composition with author Ivan Robertson (ivanrobertson.com) developed to exploit distributed computing technologies such as Voice Over Internet Protocol to join musicians at multiple sites in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Germany, New Zealand, and Israel

 

2011 Non Posso, Mai

Premiered at the State University of New York, Oneonta, Mr. Mark Pawkett and Mr. Michael Finger, guitars with computer generated music and fixed media recordings prepared by the composer

 

2011 Paprika King

Score on display at the Kultur Gallery in conjunction with the Gaudeamus Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands and at ten other galleries in Amsterdam and Den Haag, Netherlands

 

2011 Paprika King

Score and recording on display at sites throughout the United States including The University of Northern Illinois; Yale University; and The Rockefeller Arts Gallery, State University of New York, Fredonia; and the Seton Art Gallery, University of New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut

 

2010 Una Briciola di Giustizia (for ensemble of up to 18 improvising musicians, 2003)

State University of New York, Oneonta, Percussion Ensemble, Dr. Julie Licata, Conductor

 

2010 Disregarded Beauty (1992, revised 2010)

State University of New York, Oneonta, Mr. Mark Pawkett, solo electric guitar and electronics

 

2009 Paprika King

Score on display, Hutchins Gallery, C.W. Post University, Long Island, NY

 

2008 Paprika King

Part of month long installation at Chelsea Museum in New York City

 

2007 Structure for D.G.

Co-written with Dr. Orlando Legname for electronic music group atom3, Symphony Space, New York, NY

 

2006 Ereditá Ancora

For electronic music group atom3 premiered at the State University of New York, Oneonta


2003 Una Briciola di Giustizia (for ensemble of up to 18 improvising musicians)

Commissioned by the Earlham College Jazz Ensemble, Mr. William Mierisch, Director

Premiered as part of a week-long residency

 

2002 Ho Perso (soprano saxophone, piano, trumpet, and guitar)

Commissioned by Dr. William Colangelo as part of week-long residency, NW Vista College, San Antonio, TX

 

1997 Pensieri per Clarinetto Basso

Premiered Christ and Saint Stephen’s Church, New York, NY

 

1996 Oh Vana Gloria dell' Umane Posse (string trio)

Premiered Christ and Saint Stephen’s Church, New York, NY

 

1995 Nascette e Crescette Luntano (string trio)

Dedicated to Dr. William Colangelo, premiered Roulette, New York, NY     

 

1993 Due Tentazioni (solo soprano sax)

Premiered New York University, First Performance Composers Consortium

 

1992 A Disregarded Beauty (solo flute or solo guitar and tape)

Written for 20th Anniversary of New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study

 

 

 

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