Christopher Preissing

Art Discipline: 
Chicago, IL
United States
Dates of Residence: 
Oct 4, 2010 to Oct 29, 2010

Composer, improviser, and collaborator, Christopher Preissing earned DMA and MM degrees from the University of Illinois where he studied with Herbert Brün, Salvatore Martirano, and William Brooks. Composer-in-residence at Beloit College, Guest Composer at The Latin American Music Center (Indiana University), Artist in Residence at Ragdale Foundation and Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Christopher has received awards and commissions from the Jerome Foundation, Meet the Composer, Illinois Arts Council, Arts Midwest, American Composers Forum, and Ruthmere Foundation. As president of Chicago Composers Forum he produced numerous concerts and programs including two major productions of John Cage's "Musicircus". His dissertation, "Intermedial Relationships Among Component Arts in Combined Art Works," and paper, "Down with Top Down," presented at the University of York, embody his research into collaboration relationships. In 2009 he received a travel grant from Partners of the Americas to present his music in São Paulo. His recent eight-channel, evening-length score and performance for "The Waking Room" was called "an overwhelming, layered barrage of found and manipulated sounds" (See Chicago Dance), and a "brilliant... sound-crazy score... that might best be described as John Cage on steroids." (Chicago Tribune)