Kasper T. Toeplitz


2116 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60622

Kasper T. Toeplitz performs several of his new compositions and the U.S. premiere of Elemental II by Éliane Radigue.

Toeplitz’s music is dense and intricately structured. He plays electric bass, uses the computer alone as a real-time instrument, and operates his invented hybrid BassComputer. Here, he presents TIMH (Part 1, Tension) and Static, a beautiful bowed piece, as well as Lärmesmitte, commissioned by GRM in 2006.

The program also features Elemental II in its first U.S. performance. The solo bass piece, a deep drone-work with minimal shifts in sound, was composed for Toeplitz by Radigue. It is the first work she has composed for an instrument without using pre-recorded sounds.

Kasper T. Toeplitz (b.1960, Warsaw, Poland) is a composer and electric bass player, influenced by Penderecki, Scelsi and rock bands like the Swans. He writes music of long sound waves, suggesting an interest not so much with notes as with time, its oscillations and vibrations. His output includes chamber music, works for large orchestra, music for an electric guitar orchestra, and compositions for dance, as well as purely electronic music created with computers. He has received grants and commissions from several French institutions (IRCAM, GRM in Paris and the GMEM in Marseille). Awards include 1st prize for orchestral composition at the Besançon Festival, 1st prize at the “Opéra autrement/Acanthes” competition, and the Villa Kujoyama grant in Japan. In 2005, he completed a D.A.A.D. residency in Berlin. He lives in Paris.

Toeplitz first performed at Lampo in October 2001.

Support provided by the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago