DEREK KWAN

electronic musician / percussionist / digital artist

www.derekxkwan.com / derek.x.kwan@gmail.com / 559-259-3336

// EDUCATION

State University of New York, Stony Brook (Stony Brook, NY)                                2015

Doctor of Musical Arts: Music (Percussion Performance)

Queens College, City University of New York (Flushing, NY)                                2010

Master of Arts: Music (Percussion Performance)

University of California, Davis (Davis, CA)                                                                      2008

Bachelor of Arts: Music Performance (Percussion)

Bachelor of Science: General Mathematics

// TECHNICAL PROFICIENCIES

Interactive Media Programming Languages: Pure Data, SuperCollider, Max/MSP, Processing, p5.js, Three.js, OpenFrameworks, Tone.js, Sonic Pi, TidalCycles

Digital Audio Workstations: Logic, Ableton Live, Ardour

Basic Audio Programming in C: Pure Data externals

Frontend and Backend Web Development: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Node.js/Express, ClojureScript, PHP

Basic 3D Modeling: Blender

Graphic Design: GIMP

Basic Physical Computing: Arduino, Raspberry Pi

Audio Engineering: Studio and Live Recording, Live Sound Engineering

Music Engraving Software: LilyPond 

Other: Linux

// LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS

Cloning Max/MSP Objects: a Proposal for the Upgrade of Cyclone                         2016

Presentation with Alexandre Torres Porres and Matt Barber at PdCon16 (New York, NY)

The Electronic/Electroacoustic Performance Practice of John Cage’s Fontana Mix        2013

Doctoral Lecture Recital (Stony Brook, NY)

// EXHIBITIONS

Music Makers Art Exhibition at Hacker Lab (Sacramento, CA)                                2019

Exhibition featuring art made by musicians featuring my computer-generated visual art        

The Brickhouse Art Gallery (Sacramento, CA)                                                2019

Month-long curation of digital art by Derek Kwan, Tavarus Blackmon, and Boris Allenou

// FELLOWSHIPS AND RESIDENCIES

Bang on a Can Summer Music Institute  (North Adams, MA)                                2010

Performance Fellow                                                                        soundSCAPE Composer and Performance Exchange (Pavia, Italy)                        2008

Performance Fellow

International Marimba Festival (Salzburg, Austria)                                        2007

Performance Fellow

// TEACHING EXPERIENCE

University of California, Davis Department of Music (Davis, CA)        09/2017-12/2017

Temporary Lecturer

// PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Stony Brook University Teaching Learning Lab (Stony Brook NY)        09/2013 - 08/2015

Lab Assistant/Programmer

Stony Brook University Music Library (Stony Brook, NY)                07/2013 - 12/2013

Audio/Video Collections Manager

Stony Brook University Computer Music Studio (Stony Brook, NY)        08/2012 - 08/2013

Graduate Assistant

Stony Brook University Contemporary Chamber Players                08/2011 - 06/2012

Graduate Assistant (Stony Brook, NY)

Private Instructor in Percussion (Flushing, NY)                                09/2010 - 07/2011

Freelance

// SELECTED PERFORMANCES

Fifth International Pure Data Convention (PdCon16) (New York, NY)                        2016

Derek Kwan - shoebox memories (Pd version), Hans Tammen - Dark Circuits Pd Orchestra

New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (New York, NY)                                2016

Derek Kwan - airportmusic

UC Davis Shinkoskey Noon Concert (Davis, CA)                                                2016

Solo percussion/electronics recital featuring works by Derek Kwan, Jason Eckardt, Martin Matalon, and Karlheinz Stockhausen

New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (New York, NY)                                2015

Derek Kwan - shoebox memories (2014/revised 2015) for kalimba and SuperCollider

Nat Grant - With the Inside Where the Outside Should Be for vibraphone with digital integration

New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (New York, NY)                                2014

Ethan Greene - Lissajous for vibraphone and Max/MSP

Hell’s Bells Percussion at Cloud City (Brooklyn, NY)                                        2013

Aaron Siegel - Science is Only a Sometimes Friend

New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (New York, NY)                                2013

Mei Fang Lin - Flux for marimba and electronic sound

Iktus Percussion at Make Music NY (New York, NY)                                        2012

Karlheinz Stockhausen - Musik im Bauch (execution/design of electronic sound)

Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players (New York, NY)                                2012

Du Yun - Keep Something Broken (world premiere)

Bang on a Can Marathon (New York, NY)                                                        2011

Anthony Gatto - Portrait of Eva Hesse for percussion ensemble

Elevator Rose at Death By Audio                                                                2011

Kwan - silky anteaters, Vasudevan Panicker - i heart pulse v2.0, Andriessen - Worker’s Union

Elevator Rose at Thalia Cafe, Symphony Space (New York, NY)                        2011

Music by Derek Kwan, Laurence Goldman, Daniel Fine, and Patrick Kelley

Talujon and Friends at Symphony Space (New York, NY)                                2011

Alberto Ginastera - Cantata para América Magica

Brooklyn Composers Collective at The Tank (New York, NY)                                2010

Steve Reich - Music for Pieces of Wood, Amir Shpilman - As If These Clouds for percussion sextet (world premiere)

Elevator Rose at Glasslands (Brooklyn, NY)                                                2010

Derek Kwan - silky anteaters (world premiere), Terry Riley - In C

Diaghilev Multimedia Celebration (New York, NY)                                        2010

Igor Stravisnky - Les Noces (with the Princeton Chamber Choir, Columbia Classical Performers, and the Queens College Percussion Ensemble)

Tibetan Singing Bowl Ensemble, Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)        2010

Raphael Mostel - Music for the October Moon

David Schober Portrait Concert (Flushing, NY)                                                2009

David Schober - Taepoong for marimba

Manhattan Percussion Project (New York, NY)                                                2009

David Lang - Anvil Chorus for percussion solo

New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (New York, NY)                                2009

Courtney Brown - losing love in magnetic time for marimba and vibraphone (with Adam Forman, vibraphone)

// COMPOSITIONS/REALIZATIONS

starsilt sky - SuperCollider composition derived from a single dulcimer busker sample        2019

pinblue 52 - ambient, 15-EDO electronic Pd composition inspired by whale recordings        2018

mirror creatures - improvisatory drone-centered composition realized in Pd                2018

product emotions and personality assessment for live processed electric gtr + voice        2017

initial improvisation #1 for one or more melodic improvisers                                2017

talus bear for electric guitar                                                                        2017

dxk-sc140 - ongoing series of SuperCollider tweet-sized miniatures                        2017

deep dark everblue - slowburning, ambient, list-munging Pd environment                         2017

airportmusic - fixed-media sonification of Hong Kong airport arrivals and departures        2016

lucas-1%14_0116 - electronic melodies in Pure Data based on Lucas numbers                2016

shoebox memories for live-processed kalimba                                               2014-16

putchar -  a series of short fixed-media algorithmic compositions                         2015

socketMusic:wireless for percussion, electronic sound, and mobile devices                2015

Love Letter for solo hand drum and electronics after a postcard score by Liza Lim        2015

magic smoke for laptop, smartphone, inductive telephone pickup, and SuperCollider        2014

a realization of Earle Brown’s December 1952 for radio broadcasts and found metals        2013

a mosaic of acoustic and electronic realizations of John Cage’s Variations II                2013

fiahwrkz for 2-channel fixed media                                                                2012

simultaneous acoustic and electronic realizations of John Cage’s Fontana Mix                2012

shimmer go slowly for glockenspiel solo and Max/MSP                                        2012

silky anteaters for piano, violin, electric guitar, double bass, vibraphone, and drumset         2010

violetblue clouds forever for flute, vibraphone, and glockenspiel                                2010

streetlight puddle night  for glockenspiel                                                        2010

// COLLABORATIONS

Designed electronic audio component to Josiah Catalan’s Parallax Oblivon for harp and electronics                                                                                        2018

Sonic collaborations with Tavarus Blackmon (video) including hot sacred and candy cut        

2018

// SOFTWARE PROJECTS

various Pure Data abstraction and external libraries: pdkm, pdkvabs, etc.                       2016-18

one of the main contributors to Pd’s Cyclone v0.3 Max compatibility library               2016-18

Kwan CV/2019 pg. /4