Joseph Koykkar (b. 1951), composer, has had his music performed nationally and internationally for the past 30 years, including performances and commissions by many of the leading new music ensembles in the nation including the Relache Ensemble, Present Music, Zeitgeist, New York New Music Ensemble, North/South Consonance, Synchronia, and the C.A.L. Ear Unit. His music can be heard on seven CDs, including an all-Koykkar CD released on Northeastern Records in 1992. Other labels which have released his music are MMC, Meyer Media, Equilibrium, SEAMUS, In-Sync, and North/South. He has composed in a variety of media including chamber music, orchestral scores, music for dance, film/video scores, and electronic/computer music. He holds degrees from Indiana University (Master of Music) and the University of Miami (D.M.A.). He has received grants and awards from such sources as the Pew Charitable Trust for Music, the NEA, Meet the Composer, ASCAP, the American Music Center, the Wisconsin Arts Board and the American Composers Forum. He was composer-in-residence for the NOW Festival ’96 at Capital University in Columbus, OH. His compositions are published by Belwin-Mills, Subito Music and JNK Music. He spent two years as composer-in-residence with the Artists-in Schools Program in Virginia from 1978-80. As a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1987, he teaches courses in music technology/sound design and Music Director for the UW-Madison’s Dance Program.




Release Date: August 1, 2012
Catalog Number: NV5880
21st Century
PARADIGMS explores the notion that music of varied influences, backgrounds, and techniques can be strung together to represent modern classical as a whole. With orchestral works that dive into the dramatic and expressive, ponder the impressionistic through textured and rhythmic motifs, and compare the bright with the chaotic, this album posits that music of all studies and methods of creation are pieces of a larger puzzle that shape the American contemporary soundscape.

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