Born January 19, 1945, in Fresno, California, composer, percussionist, sound poet and radio producer Charles Amirkhanian is a leading practitioner of electroacoustic music and text-sound composition and has been instrumental in the dissemination of contemporary music through his work as Music Director of KPFA/Berkeley from 1969 to 1992. He also directed the Speaking of Music series at the Exploratorium in San Francisco (1983-1992) and was the founding Co-Director (with John Lifton) of the Composer-to-Composer Festival in Telluride, Colorado (1988-1991). From 1993 to 1997 Amirkhanian was Executive Director of the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Woodside, California. From 1993 he has been Artistic Director of Other Minds. In May of 1998 Amirkhanian was appointed Executive Director.
In 1990 Amirkhanian completed an
extended spoken word portrait of the late American composer Morton Feldman,
incorporating his extant recorded speeches and
conversations, on commission from Meet the Composer/Reader's Digest (Loudspeakers,
1990). This 35-minute composition was premiered at the Electronic Music
Plus Festival at Mills College in Oakland, California, on April 3, 1991,
and was aired nationally over the NPR Satellite in January 1992. In 1991
he composed A Berkelium Canon (with Henry Kaiser), a digital pianistic
tribute to Nicolas Slonimsky, on the occasion of the latter's 97th birthday.
ChuLuLu by Charles Amirkhanian
You can view an abbreviated list of compositions by Amirkhanian here.