Elliott Lupp is a composer, improvisor, visual artist, and sound designer whose work invokes images of the distorted, chaotic, visceral, and absurd. This aesthetic approach as it relates to both acoustic and electroacoustic composition has led to a body of work that, at the root of its construction, focuses on the manipulation of extreme gesture and shifting timbre as core musical elements. This style of writing has found a home with a variety of chamber ensembles, solo performers, performer(s) with live electronics, and fixed media. Elliott is native to Chicago and holds a Bachelors of Music in composition from Columbia College Chicago where his primary instructors included Dr. Kenn Kumpf, Dr. Eliza Brown, and Dr. Francisco Castillo-Trigueros. Elliott is currently pursuing his master's degree in composition at Western Michigan University, where he holds an assistantship in research. His primary teachers at WMU include Dr. Chris Biggs and Dr. Lisa Renee Coons.
Elliott has received a number of awards and honors for his work, including a 2019 SEAMUS/ASCAP Commission, the 2019 Franklin G. Fisk Composition Award for Chamber Music, and Departmental and All-University awards in Graduate Research and Creative Scholarship. His music has been performed at a variety of electroacoustic festivals including N_SEME, CHIMEfest, Electronic Music Midwest, MOXsonic, Fulcrumpoint New Music Project, SEAMUS, and Electroacoustic Barn Dance, and by such ensembles as the Dutch/American trio Sonic Hedgehog (flute, clarinet, and electric guitar), the Atar Piano Trio, Found Sound New Music Ensemble, various members of MOCREP, The Chicago Composer's Orchestra, Fonema Consort, and Ensemble Dal Niente.
Elliott will be pursuing a PhD in composition and music technology at Northwestern University starting fall, 2019.
Reading by: Ensemble Dal Niente
Amanda Deboer Bartlet - Soprano, Mabel Kwan - Piano, Tara Lynn Ramsey - Violin, Matthew Oliphant - Horn,
Hammered-dulcimer - Elliott Lupp
Performance: Dec. 5th 2018
Composed for and performed by: Found Sound New Music Ensemble (Holli Wittman, Molly Hodson, Samuel Kelly)
Electronics performed by: Elliott Lupp