Calianno’s music has been commissioned and performed by ensembles including the International Contemporary Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, Thalea String Quartet, JACK Quartet, Nouveau Classical Project, Ensemble Mise-en, Jennifer Koh, John Pickford Richards, Kivie Cahn-Lipman, the Buffalo Philharmonic, Artifact Dance Project, and others. In addition to his concert works, Calianno has an active career in scoring for film and new media. His credits include music for Adecco, Morgan Stanley, and AlixPartners campaigns, as well as films and dramatic podcasts. His awards include the ASCAP Rudolf Nissim Prize, the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Award, and the Sarah Award for Best New Podcast.
New projects include a new work, Ashliner, for violinist Jennifer Koh and L’Astronome, a large-scale opera as part of Two Trains’ 2020/21 season. Recent highlights include the Thalea String Quartet premiere of A History of the String Quartet in its Natural Habitat, and A Painted Devil, for dance the Artifact Dance Project.
In 2019, Calianno co-founded Two Trains, a hybrid music-theatre-dance project focused on abstract and inventive storytelling through the combined expressions of imagery and sound. Their first project, L’Astronome, is a nine-part opera that combines movement, text, and sound through the medium of cinema, and is set to premiere in Fall of 2020.
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A History of the String Quartet in its Natural Habitat, for string quartet & pre-recorded electronics
To Boston for Sex, for septet or pierrot sextet
The Facts and Dreams of the World According to Michael Jackson, for orchestra