Poto

Art does not seek to describe but to enact. —Charles Olson

Biography

Erik Ulman is a Lecturer in Music at Stanford University. He studied composition at the University of California, San Diego, working principally with Brian Ferneyhough, as well as with Helmut Lachenmann at the Stuttgart Musikhochschule on a DAAD grant. He has taught music at UCSD and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His music has been performed in concerts and festivals across the U.S., Europe, and Australia by such notable interpreters as Magnus Andersson, Séverine Ballon, Anthony Burr, the Calliope Duo, Matteo Cesari and Lucy Shelton, the Cygnus Ensemble, Earplay, Ensemble Plus-Minus, John Mark Harris, Mark Knoop, Martha and Monica, Andrew McIntosh, Colin McAllister, Modelo 62, the New York New Music Ensemble, the Nieuw Ensemble, NOISE, Ian Pace, Stacey Pelinka, Elise Roy, the sfSoundGroup, SONOR, and Christopher Williams; the Arditti Quartet performed his Third String Quartet in Boswil, Switzerland, and at the Bern Biennale in October 2005. In December 2006 Ulman was awarded a commission from the Fromm Foundation at Harvard for Canto XXV, a cello and piano duo for Rohan de Saram. He has also received support from Subito and Meet the Composer, and was a composer-in-residence at Musiques démesurées in Clermont-Ferrand in June 2007; he was also a resident artist at the Djerassi Program in Woodside in Summer 2008, receiving a Hewlett Honorary Fellowship, and again in Winter 2011; and he was a guest at Akademie Schloß Solitude in Stuttgart in May 2009. Ulman has published essays on music, film, and literature in such journals as Perspectives of New Music and Senses of Cinema, as well as in the books Sound as Sense, Dziga Vertov Group, and A Manner of Utterance—The Poetry of J.H. Prynne; in 2012 he and Mark Applebaum co-edited an issue of Contemporary Music Review entitled Pedagogical Praxis and Curricular Infrastructure in Graduate Music Composition. He is also a violinist, playing principally with the sfSoundGroup. He has lectured at the Darmstadt Ferienkurse, the Stuttgart Musikhochschule, the Jornadas de Creación Musical and the Escuela Superior de Música in Mexico City, UC Berkeley, New York University, and Bard College, among others. Since 2004 Ulman and Marcia Scott have organized eleven Poto Festivals, gathering together artists in various media, in Grass Valley, California.  He is the featured composer for wasteLAnd’s 2016-17 season.