Eric Chasalow

Eric Chasalow is a composer, sound artist, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, teacher, and advisor to non-profits.  He is well known for works that combine instruments with electronic sound, but has collaborated on a wide range of projects with Guido Arbonelli (Perugia), Tony Arnold (NYC), Lucia Bova (Rome), Tim Brady (Montreal), Bruno Schneider (Basel), Vicki Ray (LA), Talea Ensemble (NYC), Musicatreize (Marseille), New York New Music Ensemble, Network for New Music (Philadelphia), Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and many others. An album of ten new genre-bending songs, Ghosts of Our Former Selves was released in the fall of 2020. Current projects incorporate oral histories and environmental sound to comment on a number of global themes, including the cultural effects of climate change and species extinction.

Eric has a long association with The Composers Conference, the almost eighty-year-old organization that aids composers in early stages of their careers, serving from 2012 to 2016 as president of the board of directors. He worked to conceive and establish the Contemporary Performance Institute to add a cohort of conservatory students to the Conference, building this community of established professional performers, student composers, and serious amateur chamber musicians. In 1996, along with his wife, Barbara Cassidy, he established The Video Archive of Electroacoustic Music, an oral history project chronicling the pioneer electronic music composers and engineers from 1950 to the present. Interviewees include Bebe Baron, Milton Babbitt, Mario Davidovsky, Pauline Oliveros, Max Matthews, Morton Subotnick and many others.

Eric Chasalow is Irving G. Fine Professor of Music at Brandeis University, and Director of BEAMS, the Brandeis Electro-Acoustic Music Studio. Until June 2021 he served as Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. A product of the famed Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center, he holds the D.M.A. from Columbia University where his principal teacher was Mario Davidovsky and where he studied flute with Harvey Sollberger. He also studied with Elliott Schwartz, William Thomas McKinley, George Edwards, and Jack Beeson. Among his honors are awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, Koussevitzky Music Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Fromm Foundation at Harvard University (two commissions), New York Foundation for the Arts, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters (awards in 1986 and 2003). His music is available from Suspicious Motives Music, G. Schirmer, McGinnis & Marx (New York) and Edition Bim (Switzerland) and on CDs from New World Records, ICMC, Intersound Net Records, SEAMUS, Suspicious Motives Records, and RRRecords.

The Eric Chasalow collection in the Library of Congress was established in 2009. Additional information may be found at

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Featured Works

Muriel’s Songs, for mezzo-soprano and eleven instruments
Alternative Fact, for percussion quartet
The Wings That Bear the Night Away, for violin and fixed media
Horn Concerto