David Taddie, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, spent his teenage and young adult years playing in rock bands, serving as a church organist, arranging and performing on radio and TV commercials, finally beginning his formal studies in music theory and composition at Cleveland State University at the age of 20. He received his BA and MM from CSU, where he studied composition with Bain Murray, Rudolph Bubalo, and Edwin London. From 1985-1992, he served as pianist with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony. He also composed for, and performed with, the New Music Associates in Cleveland, performed as a duo-piano team with his wife, Karen, and was active as a theory and piano teacher. After a decade of working as a freelance composer, performer, and music teacher, he moved to Boston in 1992 to attend Harvard University where he received his Ph.D., studying composition with Donald Martino, Bernard Rands, and Mario Davidovsky.

Taddie has written music for band, orchestra, choir, solo voice, piano, and a wide variety of chamber ensembles as well as many electroacoustic compositions. His music has been widely performed in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia by numerous soloists and ensembles. Among his awards are those from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Koussevitzky Foundation, the Fromm Foundation, and the Music Teachers National Association. He currently resides in Morgantown, West Virginia, where he is Professor of Music, Coordinator of Composition, and director of the Electronic Music Studio at West Virginia University. Prior to his faculty appointment at West Virginia University, he served on the faculties of UMass-Dartmouth, Cleveland State University, and Cuyahoga Community College.

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April 19, 2018
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Fancy Colors

Release Date: April 13, 2018
Catalog Number: RR7986
21st Century
Chamber
Cello
Electroacoustic
Saxophone
David Taddie’s new album FANCY COLORS blurs the spectrum between acoustic and electronic music into an unorthodox wave of sound. In contrast to the primary characteristics of each type of music, Taddie creates sophisticated, complex compositions by blending the sounds of string and woodwind instruments with the influence of computer-generated effects. Written and recorded over two decades, FANCY COLORS is the result of Taddie’s exploration of timbre and space using the electronic medium. The eight tracks on the album expand the boundaries of the otherwise conventional sounds of instruments like the flute and piano to a grandiose level.
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REACT

Release Date: April 8, 2016
Catalog Number: RR7930
21st Century
Chamber
Electroacoustic
Flute
Violin
Violinist Mikylah Myers and flutist Francesca Arnone perform diverse electroacoustic pieces on their first collaborative album REACT, released on Ravello Records. The works on this album demonstrate well the potential range of electroacoustic music in facilitating both experimental and traditional compositional ideas. The featured composers explore new ways of creating and organizing sound, and as performed with either computer or other interactive electronics, the violin and flute help construct unique sonic landscapes.
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