Michael J. Schumacher
*1961 in Washington D.C. (USA)
Lives & works in NYC
Michael J. Schumacher is a composer of electronic sound installations using 2 - 16 speakers, computer-controlled random structures; of acoustic music realizing advanced formal schemes; of taped and live music (also improvised) for prepared electric guitar, synthesizer, etc. He has composed two piano sonatas, numerous shorter works for piano solo, chamber music, songs, and orchestral music. He studied music at Indiana University and the Juillard School of Music. Born in Washington, D.C., he has lived in New York City since 1983. Schumacher’s works have been performed in the United States, Europe and Asia. He has presented sound installations at the Musee Art Contemporain Lyon, The Kitchen, Experimental Intermedia, at the Technical University in Berlin, and at La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela’s Dream House, among other places. He has received grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, New Jersey Council on the Arts, Meet the Composer, and Harvestworks. He has performed and recorded with the cellist Charles Curtis, guitarist Donald Miller, and with Stephen Tunney on Shimmy Disc Records. In 1996 he founded, with Ursula Scherrer, Studio Five Beekman, a multi-media art gallery which has presented installations by David Behrman, David First, Alvin Lucier, Phill Niblock, Matt Rogalsky, and others. In 2001 Studio Five Beekman was followed by the Diapason gallery for sound and intermedia, which he founded with Liz Gerring.
Schumacher’s audio work ’Room Pieces’ was part of the CCNOA experimental audio program ‘Earrwitness’ 2004.