Daniel Rothman

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Daniel Rothman is a composer loosely associated with the Lovely Music and New World record labels. His music integrates a modern musical vocabulary and live interactive electronics. He has worked with…
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Daniel Rothman is a composer loosely associated with the Lovely Music and New World record labels. His music integrates a modern musical vocabulary and live interactive electronics. He has worked with David Rosenboom and Thomas Buckner, and his mostly known for his multimedia opera Cézanne's Doubt. He lives in Los Angeles and teaches music theory at the California Institute for the Arts.

Rothman has received commissions from many contemporary music festivals, including Pro Musica Nova (Bremen), Wien Modern (Vienna), Nuova Consonanza (Italy), and the Japanese event New York to Tokyo. His works have been performed by Klangforum Wien, Musikfabrik, and the Ensemble Inter-Contemporain. He has also made radio productions for Radio Bremen, Radio France, the Westdeutscher Rundfunk (Cologne), and WNYC (New York). Awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Composer Fellowship in 1996. Despite this relatively busy resume, he has been slipping under the radar of music critics. He attracted some attention with his opera Césanne's Doubt, a collaboration with visual artists Elliott Anderson and Jim Campbell that featured baritone Thomas Buckner and the musicians David Smeyers, Wadada Leo Smith, Ted Mook, and Kent Clelland. Not without similarities to Robert Ashley's music from the same period, the work was presented in Austria and the United States at the end of the 1990s and found its way on a New World CD. It was followed by other mixed media projects including a collaboration with theater artist Birgit-Hélène Scheib and with installation artist Trimpin. His piece for teleclarinet (a clarinet with its sound modified in real-time by a computer) Yes, Philip, Androids Dream Electric Sheep was premiered by Smeyers in 1998 and released by Los Angeles River three years later. In conjunction with his activities as composer and educator, Rothman also does concert promotion through his non-profit organization Wires, established in L.A. in 1991.