Festival 48 | March 15-17th, 2018
Join us for the 48th annual Festival of New Music at Ball State University. This year's featured composer is Chris Arrell.
A computer algorithm addict and former metal guitarist who wrote his doctoral dissertation on the music of avant-garde composer Gérard Grisey, Chris Arrell takes equal inspiration from contemporary music and the Digital Age. Arrell’s commissions include the Alte Schmiede (Austria), Boston Musica Viva, MATA, Spivey Hall, Cornell, and the Fromm Foundation. A winner of the Ettelson Composer Award for his work Of Three Minds, Arrell holds additional prizes from Ossia Music, the League of Composers/ISCM, the Salvatore Martirano Competition, the MacDowell and ACA colonies, and the Fulbright-Hays Foundation. His music, praised for its nuance and unconventional beauty by New Music Box, the Boston Music Intelligencer, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution, is available from Beauport Classical, Electroshock Records, Parma Recordings, Trevco Music, and Ablaze Records. Arrell is Associate Chair of Music at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. chrisarrell(dot)com