Young Composers Engage on Climate

Our on-going collaboration with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Technology and Applied Composition Program (TAC) culminated again this year with a concert of student ClimateMusic compositions. This year’s show took place at San Francisco’s famous Exploratorium on the evening of May 9th.

TAC Studio Director Taurin Barrera and the students of his Theory of Musical Synthesis course grappled over the course of the semester with the realities of climate change, as introduced by our very own Dr. Alison Marklein, who also prepared multiple narratives about climate change drawing from the science and backed by data for the students’ exploration and use. Composer Erik Ian Walker talked with the students about his experience in composing Climate as well. Each student then wrote custom software to translate historical climate data and predictive data models into electronic instruments and musical parameters. With this data as the seed, the young composers premiered a range of remarkable compositions exploring the urgent issue of climate change through sound.

We will be posting a few recordings from the show soon! In the meantime, here are photos of just a few of the performances!

Kamran Adib’s  Old Man River  with Stephanie Li on cello

Kamran Adib’s Old Man River with Stephanie Li on cello










Guitarist Eliza Carrington performs her composition  Drowning

Guitarist Eliza Carrington performs her composition Drowning

Molly Monahan’s  Breaking

Molly Monahan’s Breaking