Miguel Frasconi is a composer and improvisor specializing in the relationship between acoustic objects and musical form. His instrumentarium includes glass objects, electronics, laptop, and constructions of his own design. Miguel’s unique glass instruments are struck, blown, stroked, smashed and otherwise coaxed into vibration. As a composer his works include chamber music, operas, film & dance scores. His new opera, Hand To Mouth, was recently premiered in northern California.
Miguel’s activities have included collaborations with the Balinese composer Dewa Berata on music for a large-scale shadowplay, with tenor John Duykers on unique music/theater events, and with the Tibetan songwriter Techung, with whom he has toured throughout India. Miguel has worked closely with composers John Cage, Jon Hassell, James Tenney, Morton Subotnick, and has collaborated with many choreographers, including Alonzo King and modern dance pioneer Anna Halprin. He was a founding member of The Glass Orchestra, Toronto’s internationally renowned ensemble featuring all glass instruments (1977-86), and the San Francisco sound-sculpture band Möbius Operandi (1990-95).
As a keyboardist, he performed with the Paul Dresher Ensemble (1988-95), and with the Philip Glass Ensemble (1992). He is presently a member of Ne(x)works (2006-present), one of the leading new music ensembles in New York City, with whom he performed at MaersMusik / Berliner Festspiele 2012. In September 2012 his CAGE100 Festival @ The Stone was called “one of the best observances of John Cage’s 100th birthday” by the New York Times and included performances by his Noisy Toy Piano Orchestra and John Cage Variety Show Big Band. January 2000 Miguel released Song + Distance on New Albion with further recordings appearing on Porter Records, and recordings of his string quartets featuring the JACK Quartet will be released on Tzadik.
“There is a wonderful openness in Miguel’s music.”
– John Cage
“Miguel creates with his heart and mind in sync.”
– Margaret Jenkins, choreographer
“Frasconi performs on a beautiful menagerie of pealing contraptions.”
-Time Out New York