Peter Gena

“Chicago is no “second city” when it comes to its deep and diverse tradition of experimental music. From our distinguished academic institutions to the citywide community organizations there is no shortage of talent in all genres. I look forward to witnessing EAR TAXI FESTIVAL as it takes its place among a long list of Chicago’s celebrated festivals.”

Peter Gena, composer, holds a Ph.D. in music composition from the State University of New York at Buffalo where he studied with Morton Feldman, Lejaren Hiller, and William Kothe. His compositions of various media, including instrumental, electronic and computer-generated, have been presented extensively in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Performances/installations include works presented at The Art Students League of New York, Computing Music IV (Cologne 2006), The Pandemic Night/La Notte Bianca (Milan 2006), Festival d'Automne (2004), Paris; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires; the Berkeley Art Musuem (2003); Mini to the Max (2002), at the Brisbane Powerhouse, Australia; the Universidad de Salamanca, Spain, (2002); Arte al Centro 2001, at Cittadellarte/Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella; The National Gallery of China, Beijing (2001); Ars Electronica 1999, Linz; Aspekte Salzburg 1997; The International Computer Music Conference, Hong Kong; L.A.C.E., Los Angeles; San Juan University and the Poncé Museum of Art, Puerto Rico; Akademie der Kunst, Berlin; Herbst Theater, San Francisco; the University of St. Tomas, Manilla, and the Asian Institute for Liturgy and Music, Quezon City, The Philippines; Museu da Imagem e do Som,in São Paulo, Brazil; the Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt, Germany; the Merkin Concert Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, the Listening Room at the 1991 São Paulo Bienal, New Music America 1981, 1982 & 1990. Similarly, as a pianist he has publicly performed many of his own works as well as those of others.