Carl Stone, born in Los Angeles and now living in both California and Japan, is a former student of Morton Subotnick and James Tenney at the California Institute of the Arts and has composed electro-acoustic music exclusively since 1972. Hailed by the Village Voice as "one of the best composers working in the country today," his works have been performed across the country and throughout the world. His most recent tour in Japan included concert, radio, and television appearances. A winner of numerous awards, including the Freeman Award for his work Hop Ken, Stone was also the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant for his radiophonic composition Se Jong.
Stone's music has been used by numerous choreographers, including Bill T. Jones, Ping Chong, June Watanabe, Katsuko Orita, and Blondell Cummings. Collaborations include those with Yuji Takahashi, Setsuko Yamada, Kazue Sawai, Aki Takahashi, Kuniko Kisanuki, Michiko Akao, Rudy Perez, Stelarc, Z'ev, Bruce and Norman Yonemoto, Tosha Meisho, Yoshihide Otomo, Hae Kyung Lee, Min Xiao-Fen, and Mineko Grimmer. Stone currently hosts a weekly program on KPFA and makes regular appearances on radio in Japan. Recently Stone was appointed Guest Artistic Director of Other Minds for its 1900-2000 season, temporarily replacing Charles Amirkhanian, who is in residency at the Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio, Italy until September, 2000. Recordings of Stone's music can be found on New Albion, CBS Sony, Toshiba-EMI, EAM Discs, Wizard Records, Trigram, T:ME/EM:T, and New Tone labels.