Curtis Bahn is a composer and improviser who specializes in live interactive electronic performance. Currently he is Associate Professor of Computer Music Composition/ Performance, and Director of the Integrated Electronic Arts (iEAR) Studios at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy New York. He received his Ph.D. in music composition from Princeton University. From 1986-1993 he was the Technical Director of the Center for Computer Music of the City University of New York where he worked and studied with composer Charles Dodge.
His music has been presented internationally at venues including Lincoln Center, India International Centre – Delhi, Sadler’s Wells – London, Palais Garnier – Paris, Grand Theatre de la Ville – Luxembourg, as well as numerous festivals, academic conferences and small clubs. Curtis recently completed a major residency project entitled “Motione,” in interactive dance and graphics with Choreographer Trisha Brown and Visual Artists Paul Kaiser, Marc Downey and Shelly Eshkar at the Arizona State University Arts Media and Engineering Program. He released a solo recording of live electronic performance on his extended string bass entitled “R!g,” available on the EMF label, a duo recording entitled “./swank” with Dan Trueman on the cycling 74 label, and a DVD with Pauline Oliveros and Tomie Hahn on the Deep Listening label. Curtis is a formal disciple (Shagird) of the sitar virtuoso Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan. He was recently named the “Ralph Samuelson Fellow” through the Asian Cultural Council, receiving a grant to study and collaborate with artists in India.