Malcolm Goldstein, as composer/violinist, has been active in the presentation of new music and dance since the early 1960's, in New York City, as co-founder of the Tone Roads Ensemble and as participant in the Judson Dance Theater, the New York Festival of the Avant Garde and the Experimental Intermedia Foundation. Since then he has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe, presenting solo violin concerts and appearing as soloist with new music and dance ensembles.
His "soundings" improvisations have received international acclaim for having "reinventing violin playing", extending the range of tonal/sound-texture possibilities of the instrument and revealing new dimensions of expressivity.
Since the mid-1960's Goldstein has integrated structured improvisation elements into his compositions, exploring the rich sound-textures of new performance techniques within a variety of instrumental and vocal frameworks. His music has been performed at several New Music America festivals; Meet the Moderns, NYC; Pro Musica Nova, Bremen; De Ijsbreker (Amsterdam), Weiner Festwochen, Time of Music (Finland), Inventionen, Berlin; Musik der Zeit, Cologne; International Festival of Improvised Music, Neue Horizonte, Bern; Acustica International/hoerspiel festivals, West German Radio Cologne; Inventionen '89 Festival; Wittener Tage fuer Neue Kammermusik; De Ijsbreker, Amsterdam; Sound Culture '93, Tokyo; Fylkingen concert, Stockholm; Neue Horizonte and TonArt concerts, Bern; Next Wave, The Whitney Museum's Sound Art Festival, Experimental Intermedia Foundation, Real Art Ways, etc. (refer to resume for more complete listings.) In the 1990's he was director of the Ensemble for New Music of the Hessischer Rundfunk, Frankfurt.
Goldstein has received grants for his music from the national Endowment of the Arts (USA), Massachusetts Council for the Arts and the Canada Council for the Atrs. He has received commissions from Westdeustcher Rundfunk, Canada Council for the Arts, most recently receiving a commission to compose a string quartet for Quatuor Bozzini, Montreal, as well as being represented on numerous CD recordings, such as Experimental Intermedia (XI), da capo, wergo, Nonsequitur/0.0.Discs, Eremite, etc.. He has written extensively on improvisation and is the author of the book: Sounding the Full Circle.
Malcolm Goldstein's CV (Resume)(PDF format)
Sounding The Full Circle
- Concerning music improvisation and other related matters
Collecting the thoughts and perceptions that have evolved from his past twenty-five years of music making and observation of the natural world, Malcolm Goldstein offers a very particular view of improvisation: "the musician as one centered in the process of discovery, unfolding moment to moment, that is realized in the gesture of enactment/sounding." Through articles, previously published in various periodicals, interspersed and embellished with excerpts from journals, interviews, letters, and music scores, the author touches on social, political, educational, aesthetic and economic considerations as he explores the "expression of the wholeness of our humanity."
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