Author: Dan Visconti

Dan Visconti

Active as a composer, concert curator, and music journalist, Visconti is updating the role of the composer for the 21st century as he creates innovative concert experiences in collaboration with the community. For his ongoing initiatives to address social issues through music by reimagining the arts as a form of cultural and civic service, Visconti was awarded a 2014 TED Fellowship and delivered a TED talk at the conference’s thirtieth anniversary.


Music and Community: A Talk21 with Dan Visconti

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It’s in the nature of composers to want to reshape sound, but how do we reshape what sound and music do for us as a community? This is a question that occupies composer Dan Visconti, and it started with a feeling of curiosity about how to make classical music a more communal experience, in the ways of jazz or folk music.


Hand Eye

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The latest collaborative venture between new music luminaries eighth blackbird (8bb) and Sleeping Giant (a collective of six young Brooklyn-based composers) grew out of 8bb’s residency at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. This project is a fresh way to react to the oft-cited stimuli of visual art as an impetus for composition.


Ear Taxi Festival

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Spearheaded by composer and University of Chicago professor Augusta Read Thomas, along with conductor Stephen Burns, the 2016 Ear Taxi Festival is a celebration of Chicago’s artistry.