Michael Trigilio

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This San Antonio-based composer and performance artist began his musical activities as a keyboard player in rock bands, which gradually grew into increasingly sophisticated art-rock; in 1992 he began…
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This San Antonio-based composer and performance artist began his musical activities as a keyboard player in rock bands, which gradually grew into increasingly sophisticated art-rock; in 1992 he began composition and performance studies with Jesse Hernandez and soon appeared in conceptual performance pieces for local venues. He received the 1993 Music Student of the Year Award for his work with modern dance at the San Antonio School for the Performing Arts. He then formed the Sycamore String Quartet and the Suicidal Caffeine Orchestra and organized numerous local performances of musical works.

In 1994 he began composition study with Alice Gomez at San Antonio College and produced several multimedia performance pieces with music, modern dance, slides, film, and video (Archipeligo) which were presented at JumpStart Theatre in 1995 as well as at several other area venues. He also produced a multimedia piece for the National Performance Network (1995).

His works include: Realitu Juxtaposition #1: a four-minute work scored for piano cello and two prepared tapes. It won the ASCAP Student Composers Award in 1994.

Archipeligo: Full-length multimedia performance piece consisting of the following sections: "Doorknob" for tape, percussion, bass, synthesizer, and vocalist; "Cello Solo"; "Bell Toll" for tape and synthesizer; "John Wayne" for synthesizer and vocalist; "Calm" for tape, guitar and vocalist; "2B Next 2U" for tape, sitar, ektar, and vocalist. Archipeligo won best musical composition at Arts Expo 1994.

Perfectly Free: for string quartet and tape. Performed by the Sycamore String Quartet at Palo Alto College in 1993.