Christopher Fisher-Lochhead, composition
The music of Chicago-based composer/performer Christopher Fisher-Lochhead explores various modes of engagement between individuals, art, and the world. Humor, language, embodiment, tradition, and political engagement are several of the major themes of his work. As a composer, his music has been played by the Arditti Quartet, Marcus Weiss, Ensemble Dal Niente, Graeme Jennings, the Spektral Quartet, Rebekah Heller, and the Anubis Quartet. He holds a bachelor of music from the University of Michigan, where he graduated summa cum laude, and is currently pursuing a doctor of music degree at Northwestern University, where he studies with Hans Thomalla, Lee Hyla, and Jay Alan Yim. He is the recipient of a 2001 BMI Student Composer Award and the 2012 Mivos-Kanter Prize. He is also active as a violist, having performed with acts as diverse as Ida Kavafian, Carla Kihlstedt, and Matmos. He is a member of the Grant Wallace Band, which was recently praised by the New York Times for their “spidery original bluegrass” songs.