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Compose Carolina: Reunion by Alex Van Gils

July 16, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Alex Van Gils

Alex Van Gils (b. 1987, Brooklyn, NY, he/him) is a composer, performer, and generative video artist, exploring the interplay between human and electronic creative agents. In his composition work he creates musical systems that explore, amplify and transform the gestures of human improvisational partners.

Alex lives in Brooklyn, NY, and his active projects include XBUCKET, a performance trio featuring live-processed violin and generative video, and also a discipline of daily audiovisual compositions uploaded to on Instagram. Alex holds a Ph. D. in Music Theory and Composition from UC Davis.

Alex is a founding member of Cutelab, where he makes Nestup with Sam Tarakajian, and is the Director of Music and Audio Technology for Musical Mentors Collaborative.


Join us for the second-annual Compose Carolina, our summer music series produced in collaboration with Carolina Performing Arts. This weekly virtual series features the premieres of four original musical compositions ranging in genre and style, written by alumni and students of the UNC Department of Music composition program on a given theme. Our prompt for this year is “In The Now,” and can be interpreted freely by the composers, from the literal to the very metaphorical.

This summer, we welcome three new alumni composers, Trinity Vélez-Justo, Alex Van Gils, and Stewart Engart, for the debut of three diverse solo compositions, as well as a group of student composers and musicians who will re-interpret the Greek tale of Orpheus and Eurydice through their score. On Fridays in July, the livestreamed event will feature the artist(s) in conversation with a faculty moderator, the debut of their composition, and a casual “program notes” conversation and Q&A.

Recording of CPA virtual events is not permitted. Check out their livestream events guide for tips on how to watch on your device. If you have questions or concerns related to accessibility, please contact CPA.


July 16, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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