Composer, improviser, sound artist, and collaborator, Christopher Preissing creates music and sound for live performance, fixed media, and interactive installation. Focusing on the space between intentional and unintentional, between composition and improvisation, he investigates non-hierarchical relationships among materials and collaborators. He has collaborated with choreographers (Khecari, Kristina Isabelle Dance Company), filmmakers (Charlie Simokaitis, Octane Rich Media), theatre and opera companies (The Mammels, Opera Cabal, Chicago Robotic Theater), and visual artists (Mario Gonzalez, Jr., Leslie Kerby). He has been Artist- in-Residence and Fellow at Beloit College, Indiana University, Ragdale Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Djerrassi, and Atlantic Center for the Arts, and has received awards from Jerome Foundation, Meet the Composer, Illinois Arts Council, City of Chicago, ICMC 60×60, and American Composers Forum. Current projects include f(H2T), an immersive, co-created opera (NON:op, April, 2014), and Thunder, Perfect Mind, a sound-movement opera for soprano, percussion, chorus and dance company.


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