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about bruce hamilton

Bruce Hamilton (b. 1966, Philadelphia) composes and performs music in a variety of genres. He has performed as a percussionist, improviser, and electronic musician for over 30 years. His music is published by Non Sequitur Music and can be heard on the Albany, Amaranth, and/OAR, black circle, Capstone, Aural Films, Ilse, [ink | fuel], Linear Obsessional, Memex, Phill, SEAMUS, Spectropol, split-notes, Three Legs Duck and Mark labels. He has been participating in the Sound-In community since its inception (as ImprovFriday) in the late aughts.

Hamilton's creative output is eclectic, exploring multiple styles and genre hybrids. He has received honors, awards and commissions from ALEA III, AMC, ASCAP, PAS, Barlow Endowment, Carbondale Community Arts, Indiana University, Jerome Foundation, National Society of Arts and Letters, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Exit 9, Whatcom Symphony, Russolo-Pratella Foundation, and SEAMUS. Recent performances of his music have included those at NYCEMF, NWEAMO, ICMC, Friends of Rain, Electronic Music Midwest, JMU Contemporary Music Festival, Third Practice Festival, SEAMUS, Festival Sonica, Arts NOW, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention.

Recently completed commissions include munk punq tezilo (mixed quintet) for KOMPULZ (Slovenia); Attractors (piano, vibes & electronic sound) for Iktus Duo (NYC); and Night Trips (percussion duo & electronic sound) for Drumartica (Slovenia). New projects include a woodwind quintet for Fifth Inversion and a double concerto for INVERSE Percussion Project and Musique Militaire Grand-Ducal du Luxembourg. He is a frequent contributor to the Sound-In and other online music communities. Over the past nine years Hamilton has performed laptop-based electroacoustic music under various monikers at the Decibel Festival, Hempfest, Sonarchy Radio, and other venues around the Pacific Northwest. His most recent full-length albums are Winding, released on Spectropol in 2016; drams, released on Linear Obsessional (UK) in 2012, and Compulse (as Skiks), released on split-notes (UK) in 2011. A new album of chamber music is being prepared for release in late 2017.

He has given masterclasses and lectures in Munich, Strasbourg, Frankfurt, Namur, Dudelange, Portland, Seattle, Olympia, Greensboro, Bloomington, Harrisonburg and Carbondale. A graduate of Indiana University (BM, MM, DM), Hamilton is Associate Professor of Music at Western Washington University, where he teaches music theory, composition, and directs the electroacoustic music studio (WWEAMS). He is a co-organizer of the Sound Culture Adventures Festival and the Bellingham Electronic Arts Festival, and runs the Spectropol netlabel. He has served on the boards of Make.Shift, UnTwelve, and the Washington Composers Forum. Hamilton lives in Bellingham with composer Lesley Sommer and their son Miles.

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updated 2/2017