Paul Clift

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Paul Clift (b. 1978) is an Australian composer. His music often attempts to make abstract associations with a variety of concepts such as linguistics, modernist literature & painting, cognitive phenomena, and extra-European musical traditions. His compositional outlook is marked by formative studies with George Benjamin, Jean-Luc Hervé, Fred Lerdahl, Philippe Leroux, Fabien Lévy & Tristan Murail. His works have been featured in festivals such as Agora, MATA & ISCM, and he has participated in festivals & master-classes including Royaumont Voix Nouvelles, Acanthes, Domaine Forget, IMPULS, June in Buffalo, MATRIX, Internationale Sommerakademie der MDW & Darmstadt Ferienkursen. 
 
Paul obtained a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Columbia University, New York, a Masters of Music at King's College, London and also completed the IRCAM Cursus de composition et d'informatique musicale, culminating in the premiere of With my limbs in the dark, composed in collaboration with choreographer Alban Richard & Ensemble l'Instant Donné. In 2013, Le Détour Permet le Retour for string quartet, video & live-electronics was premiered by JACK. In 2016, Paul was awarded a residency at Villa Sträuli/Sulzberg Foundation in Switzerland. 
 
In addition to composing, Paul is active as a researcher; he has undertaken research-residencies notably at the Paul Sacher Foundation (2014), Basel and at IRCAM (2014-15). Paul is the Artistic-Director of neuverBand, a new-music chamber ensemble based in Basel.
Ordered by year. Most recent works appears first

Ensemble (Instruments or Voices) and Real Time Electronics


Astatine for saxophone, accordion, cello & real-time electronics (stereo- or quadro- phonic) (2019)
Shadow Art II for flute, voice and electronics (2018)

Chamber Group ( 2 - 4 instruments )


V Prostranem Morju Sanj Hommage to Jakob Jež for flute, violin, piano & one additional performer (2018)
The sea isn't rising, the ground is sinking for Soprano, saxophone, piano, percussion & electronics (2017)
Elan Vital for flute, clarinet, saxophone & piano (2017)
Duet/anagram for two tenor saxophones and electronics (2015)
Third Station, 1960 for bass flute, accordion & trombone (2014)
Le détour permet le retour Five movements for string quartet, live-electronics & video (2012)
How do you express X for flute, viola & harp (2011)

Solo Instrument


Radotements avec citation for solo trombone (2016)
Presence absence degree for accordion and electronics (2015)
Feuille Volante for solo alto flute (2012)
1950C for restrung classical guitar (2011)
Action Painting for solo piano (2006)

Mixed Ensemble


On the Celestial Hierarchy for flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, viola & cello (2014)

Chamber Ensemble (5 - 9 instruments)


Qui dove mezzo son... for flute solo & chamber ensemble (2014)
On the Celestial Hierarchy for flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, viola & cello (2014)

String Quartet


Le détour permet le retour Five movements for string quartet, live-electronics & video (2012)

Ensemble (10 - 19 instruments)


Infinite Regress for ten musicians (2011)
1950C for restrung classical guitar (2011)
Action Painting for solo piano (2006)
Astatine for saxophone, accordion, cello & real-time electronics (stereo- or quadro- phonic) (2019)
Duet/anagram for two tenor saxophones and electronics (2015)
Elan Vital for flute, clarinet, saxophone & piano (2017)
Feuille Volante for solo alto flute (2012)
How do you express X for flute, viola & harp (2011)
Infinite Regress for ten musicians (2011)
Le détour permet le retour Five movements for string quartet, live-electronics & video (2012)
On the Celestial Hierarchy for flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, viola & cello (2014)
Presence absence degree for accordion and electronics (2015)
Qui dove mezzo son... for flute solo & chamber ensemble (2014)
Radotements avec citation for solo trombone (2016)
Shadow Art II for flute, voice and electronics (2018)
The sea isn't rising, the ground is sinking for Soprano, saxophone, piano, percussion & electronics (2017)
Third Station, 1960 for bass flute, accordion & trombone (2014)
V Prostranem Morju Sanj Hommage to Jakob Jež for flute, violin, piano & one additional performer (2018)