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Paul Clift : Associate Artist

His music often attempts to make abstract associations with a variety of concepts such as linguistics, modernist literature & painting, cognitive phenomena, and extra-European musical traditions.

Random Audio Sample: presence, absence, degree (accordion with live electronics) by Paul Clift, from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 76


Photo of Paul Clift

Artist website: http://www.paulclift.net

Paul Clift (b. 1978) is an Australian composer based in Basel, Switzerland. His music has been performed by ensembles such as the JACK Quartet, ICE, Argento, Mivos Quartet, L'instant Donné, Either/Or, Contrechamps, Proton, Neofonia, Novel Ensemble Modern & Klangforum Wien, and by esteemed soloists such as Kobe Van Cauwenberghe, Olivia Steimel, William Lang, Patrick Stadler, Geoff Landmann, as well as his wife, Slovenian flautist Anja Clift.

Clift's compositional outlook is marked by formative studies with George Benjamin, Jean-Luc Hervé, Fred Lerdahl, Philippe Leroux, Fabien Lévy & Tristan Murail. He obtained a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Columbia University, New York, and a Master of Music degree at King's College, London. He also completed the IRCAM 'Cursus de composition et d'informatique musicale', culminating in the premiere of With my limbs in the dark, composed in collaboration with choreographer Alban Richard. He has participated in masterclasses such as Royaumont Voix Nouvelles, Acanthes, Domaine Forget, IMPULS, June in Buffalo, MATRIX, Internationale Sommerakademie der MDW & Darmstadt Ferienkursen. In 2016, he was artist in residence at Villa Sträuli/Sulzberg Foundation.

In addition to composing, Paul is active as a researcher. He has undertaken research residencies, notably at the Paul Sacher Foundation (2014) and at IRCAM (2014-15). Paul is also the Artistic-Director of neuverBand, a new-music chamber ensemble based in Basel. Paul's music is published online at www.babelscores.com.


Paul Clift — current to January 2017

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
presence, absence, degree (accordion with live electronics) (2015) Commissioned by Olivia Steimel.
qui, dove mezzo son... (flute with chamber ensemble) (2014) Commissioned by Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz Hochschule für Musik
1950-C : guitar solo (2010) Commissioned with assistance from The Harry and Alice Eiler Foundation