Christopher Brakel (b. 1977) is a composer of acoustic and electro-acoustic music, an educator/arts advocate, a technology specialist, and a music copyist/engraver.
To date, his concert works have been commissioned and performed across the United States, in Canada, Colombia, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, and Italy. These performances have included prominent regional, national, and international festivals, conferences, and concerts, including the L.A. Composers Project, the Darmstadt International Summer Course for New Music, the SEAMUS and SCI National Conferences, the FSU Festival of New Music, June in Buffalo, the Midwest Composers Symposium, and the Czech-American Summer Music Institute.
His collaborative multimedia works have been featured and awarded at festivals such as ImageMovementSound, the Toronto Online Film Festival, the Downstream International Film Festival, the Not Still Art Festival, and the Boston CyberArts Festival, among others.
Recognition for his work has been received through awards such as the Howard Hanson Large Ensemble Prize, the Henry and Parker Pelzer Prize in Composition, and consistent annual ASCAP awards.
He holds advanced degrees in composition from the Eastman School of Music (Ph.D.) and the University of Iowa (M.A.), and a B.A. in Music from the University of Minnesota, where he studied percussion and composition. Additionally, he is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. Dr. Brakel has held teaching positions at Chapman University, the Eastman School of Music, and the University of Iowa.
As a speaker, he has given recent lectures on Carlo Gesualdo and Georg Friedrich Haas (for the Monday Evening Concerts series) and on Paul Celan and Contemporary Music (for the RochesterInk Poetry Festival). His research focuses on musical semiotics and the relationship(s) between music and poetry, with special emphasis on the poet Paul Celan, as well as the music of the Swedish composer Allan Pettersson.
Christopher Brakel can be reached via email at: christopherbrakel [at] gmail [dot] com
What Others Are Saying:
...on Free Line...
"...Christopher Brakel did the music for 'Free Line' which was so organic to the piece, that it was impossible to think of the image and the sound as being created separately..." (Distortion Music Magazine)