Douglas Geers

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Geers concerto performance, 2006Click HERE for a long version of Geers' biography.

Reviewers have described the music of
Douglas Geers as "...glitchy... keening... scrabbling... contemplative" (Steve Smith, New York Times), "kaleidoscopic" (Andrew Lindemann Malone, Washington Post), "...Powerful..." (Neue Zuericher Zietung), and have praised its "shimmering electronic textures" (Kyle Gann, Village Voice.) Geers’ work focuses on creative integration of new technologies and multimedia dimensions into concert music, with a continuing emphasis on interactive electroacoustic works.

Mr. Geers has written nearly one hundred works and has had hundreds of known performances of his music worldwide, in wide range of venues across the world and on a wide range of prestigious national and international concerts and festivals, including the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) World Music Days, the Bourges Festival Synthese, the annual International Computer Music Conference, the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States, ASCAP’s Through the Walls composer showcase, and many more. 
Groups that have performed Geers’ music include Ensemble Fa, Speculum Musicae, Ensemble Pi, the NODUS Ensemble, The Radio-Television Orchestra of Slovenia, the Princeton University Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk), the Verge Ensemble, the NEXt Ens, Zeitgeist,The New York University New Music Ensemble, the University of Minnesota Jazz Ensemble.  A list of recent and upcoming performances is here.

Geers live performanceGeers completed his doctorate at Columbia University, where he studied composition and computer music with Fred Lerdahl, Tristan Murail, Brad Garton, and Jonathan Kramer. During the 2000-2001 academic year Mr. Geers lived in Oslo, Norway via a Fulbright Foundation fellowship. Geers works as an Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Center for Computer Music at the City University of New York's Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music.  He is also a member of the music faculty of the Graduate Center, the Manhattan-based doctorate-granting division of CUNY.

In addition to his composition, Geers is co-founder and performer in the electroaacoustic trio Sonreel and is a co-founder and co-Director of the Electric Music Collective, an internationally-based group of electroacoustic composer-performers. In 2003 he created the annual Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Arts, which he directed for seven years, 2003-2009.