CARMAN MOORE
COMPOSER / CONDUCTOR


Carman Moore

Carman Moore is a composer whose music includes his upbringing in black culture, his classical training and his voracious curiosity. His adventurous spirit led him to explorations and collaborations in InterMedia. He is an original member of the Experimental Intermedia Foundation. Elaine invited Carman to compose the original score for SKYTIME /SKYDANCE for its premiere performances at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in June of 1984.

Carman was born in 1936 in Ohio. He studied French horn, cello, and music history at Ohio State University before moving to New York City. He founded and began conducting the innovative electro-acoustic SKYMUSIC ENSEMBLE which has performed his music throughout America. Europe and Asia. These concerts include Dea Delle Acque at La Scala in Milan , The Persistence of Green and Righteous Heroes: Sacred Spaces at Geneva's Made-in-America Festival.

He studied composition privately with Hall Overton and at the Juilliard School with Luciano Berio and Vincent Persichetti. Among his early commissioned orchestral works are Wildfires and Fields Songs for the New York Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Pierre Boulez and Gospel Fuse for the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra with Seiji Ozawa conducting and Cissy Houston the vocal soloist.


Carman rehearsing his music for Energy Changes choreographed & filmed by Elaine Summers. Performed at the MOMA, New York, NY 1973

Mr. Moore's Mass for the 21st Century was commissioned by Lincoln Center where the Mass drew the largest audience in Lincoln Center's history. He composed the gospel opera Gethsemane Park to a libretto by Ishmael Reed, which premiered in 1999 at San Francisco's Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. It was performed at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, NY, NY on July 13 & 14th, 2000.

Carman is a dedicated educator having taught at Yale University Graduate School of Music; Carnegie-Mellon University among many others. As a music critic he has contributed to the Village Voice, The New York Times. He is the author of 2 books: Somebody's Angel Child: and The Story of Bessie Smith and Rock-IT (a music history and theory book for Alfred Music Publishers)

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