Joseph Koykkar is a musician who is at home in a variety of music from classical to avant-garde to rock and blues. As a composer, he has had his music performed nationally and internationally for over the past 30 years. Besides Double Takes and Triple Plays, his music can be heard on ten additional CDs, including an all-Koykkar release on Northeastern Records in 1992. In the past ten years three of his compositions (Out Front, Panache, and Streets and Bridges) have been in contention for a Grammy in the “Best Contemporary Classical Composition” category. He has composed for a variety of media including chamber music, orchestra, music for dance, film/video scores, and electronic/computer music. In addition to composing he is a pianist and conductor. He holds degrees from Indiana University (M.Mus.) and the University of Miami (DMA) and has received grants and awards from such sources as the Pew Charitable Trust for Music, the NEA, Meet the Composer, ASCAP, the American Music Center, the Wisconsin Arts Board and the American Composers Forum.
He spent two years as a composer-in-residence with the Artists-in-Schools Program in Virginia from 1978-80 and was composer-in-residence for the NOW Festival ‘96 at Capital University in Columbus, OH. Dedicated to the promotion of new music by state composers, Koykkar served as the President of the Wisconsin Alliance for Composers from 1990-1993, and was instrumental in shaping the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s unique Interarts and Technology Program in the 1980’s-1990’s, acting as the coordinator from 1995-2005. As a professor at UW-Madison since 1987, he teaches courses in electroacoustic music/sound design and serves as the Music Director for the Dance program.
Double Takes and Triple Plays is dedicated to my wife Barbara and my daughter Jackie.
This project was made possible in part with funding from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate Research Committee.
Relâche Ensemble (featured on Panache and Double Take)
Since 1978, the Philadelphia-based Relâche continues to commission, perform, entertain, and educate, bending genres past and present in a spirit of collaboration, innovation, diversity, and respect. The musicians are:
Bob Butryn, clarinet and sax
Andrea Clearfield, piano
Chris Hanning, percussion
Chuck Holdeman, bassoon
Michele Kelly, flute
Amy Leonard, viola
Douglas Mapp, bass
Lloyd Shorter, oboe and English horn
Chicago Saxophone Quartet (feature on Inside Out)
Formed in 1968, the Chicago Saxophone Quartet is a dynamic and virtuosic ensemble that has achieved a distinguished reputation for excellence in musical performance. Over the past thirty years, members of the Quartet have played for enthusiastic audiences in Europe, North America, and Southeast Asia.
The musicians are:
Wayne Richards, soprano sax
Paul Bro, alto sax
Leo Saguiguit, tenor sax
James Kasprzyk, baritone sax
Todd Welbourne (featured on Interfacing, Triple Play and Keyboard Dances) is Professor Emeritus of Piano at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music. He has lectured and performed at new music festivals around the country and has been an innovator in the area of interactive music performance systems using the Yamaha Disklavier and MAX/MSP.
Jeri-Mae Astolfi (featured on Streets and Bridges) is a Canadian-born pianist who is currently an Artist-in-Residence at Piedmont College. Her repertoire, ranging from the Renaissance era through the present, clearly affirms her keen interest in new music, which has led her to commission and premiere many new solo and collaborative works.
Ilia Radoslavov (featured on Keyboard Dances) is a member of the piano faculty at Illinois Wesleyan University. He has appeared in numerous solo and chamber performances in prestigious venues in the United States, Europe, and South Africa. He was the gold medalist in the 2009 Seattle International Piano Competition.
Photo by Katrin Talbot