Composer-performer instrument-maker Bruce Gremo has written interactive computer music since 1997, and has performed worldwide. Received awards include the Interactive Technology Artist in Residence Award at Harvestworks, NYC, where he co-invented the Cilia, an electronic flute controller. He was a 2004 Fellow in the Creative Artist Exchange program, a NEA supported award that enables study and work in Japan for six months. He was Composer in Residence at Civitella Rainieri Foundation in Italy in 2003. Recipient of a NYFA Fellowship in Music Composition (2002), featured composer at New York venues Experimental Intermedia, Roulette, Harvestworks and Lotus Studios, he was also Artist in Residence at Steim (Amsterdam, 9/2002), Engine 27 (NYC, 5-6/02)and Harvestworks (2000).
A classical flutist, he also performs on the Japanese Shakuhachi, the Chinese Xun and others. He has been a soloist at numerous festival; Lincoln Center Festival, Wien Modern, the BBC Proms Festival, the Knitting Factory Jazz Festival under Ornette Coleman’s direction, the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival with Butch Morris. From 1990 to 2000, he collaborated with Chinese composer Tan Dun as improviser, music director, synthesizer programmer, soloist and conductor. He toured over 14 months as synthesizer programmer and EWI soloist with the Peter Sellars production of The Peony Pavilion. Currently residing in Beijing, he works as composer, principle flutist with the orchestra XinYaKongQi, free-lance chamber flutist and recitalist, and studio multiple-flutist.
His work joins improvisation and interactive computer programming. Having emerged out of a graduate academic composition environment, he has also participated in the downtown free improvisation scene in New York since the early 90s until he relocated to China in 2006. The computer is central to most of his composition formats. These formats are oriented towards live performance.
He completed Masters in Composition (Martin Bartlett) and in Philosophy (Reiner Schurmann), and has taught at the New School, NYC ("Truth and Music," 1993).