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Composer/conductor Daniel Allen Weymouth is currently on the Composition faculty at the State University of New York at Stony Brook where he is the Director of Computer Music and Co-Director of the Laboratory for Technology in the Arts. His music is performed widely in the US, Canada and Europe and is recorded by SEAMUS (thanks, folks!) and New World Records. A ten-year stint as an itinerant musician in popular genres may have something to do with his fascination with gadgets, as well as the kinetic and compact nature of much of his music, both acoustic and electronic.
Weymouth's work has been described as "power-color" music. As far as "color" goes, he is a confessed lover of sound(s) -- just about any kind of sound. This has led to a fascination with electro-acoustic music, and experience ranging from a summer spent at Stanford's CCRMA (Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics) to two years in Paris working at a couple of computer-music facilities, Pierre Boulez's IRCAM and Iannis Xenakis' CEMAMu. The "power" part, along with other aspects -- the music's compact scale, density and pace, although probably not its harmonic language -- most likely come from his ten years spent as an itinerant musician on the road, playing jazz, rock, disco(!), R&B and funk in clubs, concerts and studios.
He has composed for a wide variety of ensembles, using both standard and electronic instruments, including "computer-interactive" ones. He is a founding member of NAME (New American Music in Europe) and is frequently an invited composer at the Lüneburg, Germany, Internationalen Studienwoche für zeitgenässische Musik. Commissions have come from the Lüneburg New Music Ensemble, the Ensemble des Deux Mondes, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, the Guild Trio as well as individual performers; grants from Meet the Composer and ASCAP. His compositions have been performed throughout Europe, Canada and the United States and appear on the SEAMUS and New World Record labels as well as MIT Press (as part of a CD-ROM).
Dan continues to be an active conductor. He has led numerous ensembles, including Neue Musik Lüneburg, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players and Stony Brook's Contemporary Chamber Players.
For education and enlightenment Dan likes to acknowledge Jere Hutcheson, H. Owen Reed and Charles Ruggiero at Michigan State University and Richard Felciano, Andrew Imbrie and Olly Wilson at the University of California, Berkeley. Since 1989, he has been on the Composition faculty at the State University of New York at Stony Brook where he is also Director of Computer Music and Director of the Laboratory for Technology in the Arts. He shares his Long Island home with his wife, and their toddler daughter and semi-crazed schnauzer.