CHRIS KAPICA (b. 1986 - Carmel, NY) strives to straddle the line between the classical and popular music worlds. He draws influence from concerted, rock, funk, R&B, jazz, flamenco, zydeco and world music, forming an amalgam all his own. After studying composition for five years with Grammy- and Pulitzer prize-winner Christopher Rouse, Kapica received his Bachelor of Music degree in 2008 and his Master of Music degree in 2009 from The Juilliard School, where he also taught Ear Training for both its College and Pre-College divisions. Since then, Kapica’s work has garnered considerable interest from the concert music community. His 20-minute mini-musical about kindergartners,Juice Box Hero, received critical acclaim; Steve Smith of the New York Times wrote that Kapica’s musical devices “were deployed with sure instincts and dramatic flair.” A collaborative work with choreographer Bret Easterling, Flak, earned Kapica a 2009 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer award. He presented the piece in a masterclass with William Bolcom, held by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In addition to concert works, Kapica actively writes in the rock, rap and R&B arenas.
Many audiences arrive at this young composer’s music through his own dynamic playing. Kapica is an accomplished electric bassist, guitarist, bass clarinetist and vocalist, frequently employing all of these media in a single tune. Currently on the docket is a work for percussion quartet Line C3 that will feature the composer as soloist on the electric bass. The piece will premiere in March 2012 as part of Carnegie Hall’s “Neighborhood Concert” series. In May 2010 the East Coast Contemporary Ensemble premiered Kapica’s homage to Jimi Hendrix, tHE NeeD foR a fIX, in Woodstock, NY, featuring the composer on electric guitar. Kapica and percussion phenom Joe Saylor performed a wild, contemporary setting of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2009 in New York and Florence, Italy. NYU’s Continuum Company commissioned the work, and Kapica co-composed the music alongside the prodigious pianist Jonathan Batiste. He played with Batiste’s jazz sextet in 2009 and is an active member of the rock band Gonzo Jones. Kapica has performed in venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, DTE Energy Music Theater, Highline Ballroom, The Roxy in Los Angeles and many others. Festival appearances include New Orleans JazzFest, Central Park SummerStage, the Wanee Festival, Orlando Calling and the Skidmore Jazz Institute (where the local paper officially penned his moniker, “The Monster”). Kapica has shared a bill with notable artists: The Allman Brothers Band, Heart, Kansas, the Black Keys, Gov’t. Mule, Widespread Panic, Neil Young, Dr. John, the Neville Brothers, McCoy Tyner, Esperanza Spalding and many others.
No matter the project, Chris Kapica infuses his incandescent energy and intensity into every nuance of his work. They don’t call him “The Monster” for nothing.
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