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Phil Kline (1953-     )

Phil Kline, composerPhil Kline makes music in many genres and contexts, from experimental electronics and sound installations to songs, choral, theater, chamber and orchestral music. Raised in Akron, Ohio, he came to New York to study English Literature and music at Columbia. After graduation, he became part of the downtown New York arts scene: founding the rock band The Del-Byzanteens with Jim Jarmusch and James Nares, collaborating with Nan Goldin on the soundtrack to The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, and playing guitar in the notorious Glenn Branca Ensemble. His early compositions grew out of his solo performance art and often used boombox tape players as a medium, most notably Bachman’s Warbler for harmonicas and twelve tape loops (1992) and the Christmas piece Unsilent Night, which debuted in the streets of Greenwich Village in 1992 and is now performed annually in dozens of cities around the world. Other compositions include Zippo Songs, a song cycle based on poems Vietnam vets inscribed on their Zippo lighters, The Blue Room and Other Stories, written for string quartet Ethel, and Exquisite Corpses, commissioned by the Bang on a Can All-Stars. More recent works include the choral mass John the Revelator, written for vocal group Lionheart; a piano sonata, The Long Winter, written for Sarah Cahill; and scores for three evening-length dance pieces by Wally Cardona: Everywhere, Site and Really Real. The sound installation World on a String opened the season at the Krannert Center in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, in September 2007 and SPACE for string quartet and electronics was performed by Ethel at the gala reopening of Alice Tully Hall in  2009. 2011 has seen the premieres of A Dream and its Opposite, written for the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra and conductor Steven Schick, Canzona a due Cuori, commissioned by the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, and a book of organ pieces commissioned for the gigantic Kotschmar Organ of Portland, Maine. Kline is currently working on an opera, Tesla in New York, in collaboration with writer-director Jim Jarmusch, and Out Cold, a song cycle for Theo Bleckmann and ACME. His music is available on the Cantaloupe, CRI and Starkland labels.

COMPOSITIONS                                                            Phil Kline Links     ~ ~ ~     Works by Genre    ~ ~ ~     Kline on Kline
You Are Not I , film score (1981)
Sleepwalk, film score (1986)
Bachman's Warbler, harmonicas and 12 boombox tape loops (1992)
Unsilent Night, infinite number of boomboxes (1992) [45:00]
A Fantasy on One Note, electric guitar and delay systems (1993)
Premonition, fanfare, 24 boomboxes (1995) [5:00]
To be sung on the water, walking boombox installation (1995) [45:00]
Whole Lotta Love, voice and 12 tape loops (1996) [15:00]
The Holy City of Ashtabula, large boombox choir (1996) [24:00]
Exquisite Corpses, clarinet, cello, bass, guitar, piano and percussion [vibraphone and drum set] (1997)
The Garden of Divorce, guitar and ensemble (1998) [written for guitarist Mark Stewart and the Glenn Branca Ensemble]
Svarga Yatra, string quartet (or string orchestra) and electronics (2000)
When I Had a Voice, mezzo-soprano, 2 child sopranos and viol quartet (2001) [text: David Shapiro]
Unbelievable i, voice, harmonicas, boomboxes (2001) [live dance score]
Yawp, voice and tapes (2001)
Into the Fire, 4 readers, four video monitors, mezzo-soprano, violin, viola, keyboard, boomboxes (2001) [text: Luc Sante]
Last words before vanishing from the face of the earth, installation for 24 boomboxes (2001) [fp. top of Terrible Mtn, Ludlow, VT]
Vigil, infinite number of boomboxes (2001)
Meditations in an Emergency, music video triptych (2001)
Reynolds Etudes, violin and electronics (2001)
The Blue Room and other stories, string quartet (2002)
The Story of B, song cycle, sopr, mezzo, tenor, kybd, fl, gtr, sitar & accordian (2003) [text: Kline & Beglarian]
    - based on Pierre Louys' Songs of Bilitis
    - collaboration with composer Eve Beglarian
Pictures of an Exhibitionist (23 miniature pieces), piano, w/optional slide show (2003)
Voice, violin, percussion (vibraphone), guitar, electronics (2003?)
Three Rumsfeld Songs (2003) [text: from Donald Rumsfeld Pentagon briefings]
Zippo Songs, song cycle (7 songs), voice, vln, perc, gtr and electronics (2003) [text: from Amer. Vietnam GIs' Zippo lighters]
Grand Etude Symphonique, violin and electronics (2004)
Partita, string orchestra (or string nonet) (2005)
The Last Buffalo, cello, piano and percussion [vibraphone and hubcaps] (2005)
Trickling Down, boombox orchestra (2005) [23:00]
Symphony for 21 iPods (2005) [installation at the ArtMetro Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio]
Everywhere, string quartet and live boombox installation (2005) [dance score for the Wally Cardona Quartet]
Chinook, an outdoor boombox symphony (2006) [premiered at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy]
Tarantella, string orchestra (2006) [arrangement of final movement from "The Blue Room and Other Stories]
Locus Solus: Prelude, voice, violin, percussion quartet [vibraphones, glockenspiels] and electronics (2006)
Locus Solus, voice, violin, percussion quartet [vibraphones, xylophone, marimba, glockenspiels, drums] and electronics (2006)
    - music-theater piece [text: David Shapiro and Phil Kline]
Mambo #1, piano (2006)
Around the World in a Daze, surround sound suite, instruments, voices and electronica (2006)
John the Revelator, [vocal?] sextet and string quartet (2006) [texts: Latin Mass; Bible, hymns, Samuel Beckett, and David Shapiro]
Site, band (2007)
Globe, soundscore (2007) [for James Nares film]
Sonic Dances 1 & 2, electronica dance score (2007)
World on a String, sound installation (2007) [for Krannert Center of the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana]
Ghosts, piano, electronics and video (2007)
Fear and Loathing, song cycle, bass voice, violin, cello, bass guitar, piano and percussion (2008) [text: Hunter S. Thompson]
Going Blind, children's chorus (2008) [text: Rilke]
Search and Destroy (2008) [arrangement of the Iggy Pop tune, for child vocalist and piano]
The Long Winter, sonata for piano (2009)
SPACE, amplified string quartet  (2009)
The New City, anthem, chorus and organ (2009)
Really Real, chamber chorus (2009) [also choreographed by Wally Cardona]
In Cognito, electronica and field sound (2009) [6:00]
A Needle Pulling Fred, multitracked violin and electronics (2010)
Canzona for Two Hearts, chamber ensemble (2010)
A Dream and Its Opposite, orchestra (2010)
Three Pieces for Organ (2011)
Peregrine (2011) Ambient Sound Sculpture [40:00]
Partita for Solo Violin (2011)


WORKS BY GENRE                                                            Phil Kline Links    ~ ~ ~     Kline on Kline     ~ top of page ~
Dramatic/Theater
Locus Solus, voice, violin, percussion quartet [vibraphones, xylophone, marimba, glockenspiels, drums] and electronics (2006)
    - music-theater piece [text: David Shapiro and Phil Kline]
Sonic Dances 1 & 2, electronica dance score (2007)
Really Real, chamber chorus (2009) [also choreographed by Wally Cardona]

Orchestra
Svarga Yatra, string quartet (or string orchestra) and electronics (2000)
Partita, string orchestra (or string nonet) (2005)
Tarantella, string orchestra (2006) [arrangement of final movement from "The Blue Room and Other Stories]
A Dream and Its Opposite, orchestra (2010)

Band
Site, band (2007)

Soloist(s) w/Orchestra or Ensemble
The Garden of Divorce, guitar and ensemble (1998) [written for guitarist Mark Stewart and the Glenn Branca Ensemble]

Choral
John the Revelator, [vocal?] sextet and string quartet (2006) [texts: Latin Mass; Bible, hymns, Samuel Beckett, and David Shapiro]
Going Blind, children's chorus (2008) [text: Rilke]
The New City, anthem, chorus and organ (2009)
Really Real, chamber chorus (2009) [also choreographed by Wally Cardona]

Chamber
Bachman's Warbler, harmonicas and 12 boombox tape loops (1992)
Exquisite Corpses, clarinet, cello, bass, guitar, piano and percussion [vibraphone and drum set] (1997)
The Garden of Divorce, guitar and ensemble (1998) [written for guitarist Mark Stewart and the Glenn Branca Ensemble]
Svarga Yatra, string quartet (or string orchestra) and electronics (2000)
The Blue Room and other stories, string quartet (2002)
Voice, violin, percussion (vibraphone), guitar, electronics (2003?)
Partita, string orchestra (or string nonet) (2005)
The Last Buffalo, cello, piano and percussion [vibraphone and hubcaps] (2005)
Everywhere, string quartet and live boombox installation (2005) [dance score for the Wally Cardona Quartet]
Around the World in a Daze, surround sound suite, instruments, voices and electronica (2006)
SPACE, amplified string quartet  (2009)
Canzona for Two Hearts, chamber ensemble (2010)

Solo Instrument
A Fantasy on One Note, electric guitar and delay systems (1993)
Reynolds Etudes, violin and electronics (2001)
Grand Etude Symphonique, violin and electronics (2004)
A Needle Pulling Fred, multitracked violin and electronics (2010)
Partita for Solo Violin (2011)

Piano
Pictures of an Exhibitionist (23 miniature pieces), piano, w/optional slide show (2003)
Mambo #1, piano (2006)
Ghosts, piano, electronics and video (2007)
The Long Winter, sonata for piano (2009)
Three Pieces for Organ (2011)

Vocal
Whole Lotta Love, voice and 12 tape loops (1996) [15:00]
When I Had a Voice, mezzo-soprano, 2 child sopranos and viol quartet (2001) [text: David Shapiro]
Unbelievable i, voice, harmonicas, boomboxes (2001) [live dance score]
Yawp, voice and tapes (2001)
Into the Fire, 4 readers, four video monitors, mezzo-soprano, violin, viola, keyboard, boomboxes (2001) [text: Luc Sante]
The Story of B, song cycle, sopr, mezzo, tenor, kybd, fl, gtr, sitar & accordian (2003) [text: Kline & Beglarian]
    - based on Pierre Louys' Songs of Bilitis
    - collaboration with composer Eve Beglarian
Three Rumsfeld Songs (2003) [text: from Donald Rumsfeld Pentagon briefings]
Zippo Songs, song cycle (7 songs), voice, vln, perc, gtr and electronics (2003) [text: from Amer. Vietnam GIs' Zippo lighters]
Locus Solus: Prelude, voice, violin, percussion quartet [vibraphones, glockenspiels] and electronics (2006)
Fear and Loathing, song cycle, bass voice, violin, cello, bass guitar, piano and percussion (2008) [text: Hunter S. Thompson]
Search and Destroy (2008) [arrangement of the Iggy Pop tune, for child vocalist and piano]

Incidental/Film
You Are Not I , film score (1981)
Sleepwalk, film score (1986)
Meditations in an Emergency, music video triptych (2001)
Globe, soundscore (2007) [for James Nares film]

Electronics/Multimedia/Installation
Bachman's Warbler, harmonicas and 12 boombox tape loops (1992)
Unsilent Night, infinite number of boomboxes (1992) [45:00]
A Fantasy on One Note, electric guitar and delay systems (1993)
Premonition, fanfare, 24 boomboxes (1995) [5:00]
To be sung on the water, walking boombox installation (1995) [45:00]
Whole Lotta Love, voice and 12 tape loops (1996) [15:00]
The Holy City of Ashtabula, large boombox choir (1996) [24:00]
Svarga Yatra, string quartet (or string orchestra) and electronics (2000)
Unbelievable i, voice, harmonicas, boomboxes (2001) [live dance score]
Yawp, voice and tapes (2001)
Into the Fire, 4 readers, four video monitors, mezzo-soprano, violin, viola, keyboard, boomboxes (2001) [text: Luc Sante]
Last words before vanishing from the face of the earth, installation for 24 boomboxes (2001) [fp. top of Terrible Mtn, Ludlow, VT]
Vigil, infinite number of boomboxes (2001)
Reynolds Etudes, violin and electronics (2001)
Pictures of an Exhibitionist (23 miniature pieces), piano, w/optional slide show (2003)
Voice, violin, percussion (vibraphone), guitar, electronics (2003?)
Three Rumsfeld Songs (2003) [text: from Donald Rumsfeld Pentagon briefings]
Zippo Songs, song cycle (7 songs), voice, vln, perc, gtr and electronics (2003) [text: from Amer. Vietnam GIs' Zippo lighters]
Grand Etude Symphonique, violin and electronics (2004)
Trickling Down, boombox orchestra (2005) [23:00]
Symphony for 21 iPods (2005) [installation at the ArtMetro Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio]
Everywhere, string quartet and live boombox installation (2005) [dance score for the Wally Cardona Quartet]
Chinook, an outdoor boombox symphony (2006) [premiered at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy]
Locus Solus: Prelude, voice, violin, percussion quartet [vibraphones, glockenspiels] and electronics (2006)
Locus Solus, voice, violin, percussion quartet [vibraphones, xylophone, marimba, glockenspiels, drums] and electronics (2006)
    - music-theater piece [text: David Shapiro and Phil Kline]
Around the World in a Daze, surround sound suite, instruments, voices and electronica (2006)
Globe, soundscore (2007) [for James Nares film]
Sonic Dances 1 & 2, electronica dance score (2007)
World on a String, sound installation (2007) [for Krannert Center of the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana]
Ghosts, piano, electronics and video (2007)
In Cognito, electronica and field sound (2009) [6:00]
A Needle Pulling Fred, multitracked violin and electronics (2010)
Peregrine (2011) Ambient Sound Sculpture [40:00]


PHIL KLINE  LINKS                                                            Works by Genre    ~ ~ ~     Kline on Kline      ~ top of page ~
Boom Box Carols (Reyhan Harmanci, SFGate)
He's Offensive in a Good Way . . . (David Patrick Stearns, Philly.com)
Major Phil Kline Surround-Sound DVD Premiered by Starkland (PRWeb)
Phil Kline – Around the World In a Daze (Arcane Candy)
Phil Kline, Avant-Garde Boombox Santa (K. Leander Williams, The Village Voice)
Phil Kline Interview (David Bruce, Composition Today)
Phil Kline's John the Revelator (WNYC)
Phil Kline ’75 Strikes a Chord with Critics and Masses (Justin Clark, Columbia College)
Phil Kline’s "John the Revelator" - A Mass for Six Voices (Molly Sheridan, Sounds Heard/NewMusicBox)
Speakeasy with Phil Kline (Gloria Love, Creative Loafing)
Who Says a Composer Has to Be Dead to Sell Records? (Justin Davidson, New York Magazine)

Composer's website    . . .   contact Phil Kline:  here

Phil Kline @ Wikipedia
Phil Kline @ aworks
Phil Kline @ Bang on a Can
Phil Kline @ Bernstein Artists
Phil Kline @ Brooklyn Youth Chorus
Phil Kline @ Cantaloupe Music
Phil Kline @ Classical Archives
Phil Kline @ Classical Net
Phil Kline @ ClassicsToday
Phil Kline @ composition:today
Phil Kline @ Facebook
Phil Kline @ IMDb (Internet Movie Database)
Phil Kline @ InstantEncore
Phil Kline @ Kalvos & Damian
Phil Kline @ Limited Control/Tesla in New York
Phil Kline @ LinkedIn
Phil Kline @ Make Music Winter
Phil Kline @ Meet the Composer
Phil Kline @ MySpaceMusic
Phil Kline @ Naxos
Phil Kline @ New Music reBlog
Phil Kline @ New World Records
Phil Kline @ The New York Times
Phil Kline @ PSNY (Project Schott New York)
Phil Kline @ Seattlest
Phil Kline @ Starkland
Phil Kline @ 21c Liederabend
Phil Kline @ WNYC

Publisher
Phil Kline @ Composer's website
Phil Kline @ Cantaloupe Music
Phil Kline @ PSNY (Project Schott New York)

Streaming Audio
Phil Kline @ Art on Air
Phil Kline @ Classical Archives
Phil Kline @ Everyday Opera/The New Classical Order    or     here
Phil Kline @ last.fm
Phil Kline @ MySpaceMusic
Phil Kline @ MySpaceMusic/UnSilentNight
Phil Kline @ NewMusicBox/Sounds Heard
Phil Kline @ NPRmusic
Phil Kline @ Rhapsody.com
Phil Kline @ SoundCloud

Recordings
Phil Kline @ Composer's website
Phil Kline @ Amazon.com
Phil Kline @ ArkivMusic
Phil Kline @ Cantaloupe Music
Phil Kline @ CD Universe
Phil Kline @ ClassicsOnline
Phil Kline @ Discogs
Phil Kline @ DRAM Online
Phil Kline @ Innova Records

Video
Phil Kline @ YouTube
Phil Kline @ Google Video
Phil Kline @ RETN/Meet the Composer
Phil Kline @ Vimeo
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Kline on Kline: Unsilent Night (VIDEO)







Kline on Kline: Meet the Composer/The Flynn Center (VIDEO)
Phil Kline, composerComposers Speak on the Web at Pytheas
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Kline on Kline: Unsilent Night/Art on Air (streaming audio)
Phil Kline, composerComposers Speak on the Web at Pytheas
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