Let the music wash over the audience
Alex Shapiro (b. New York City, 1962) has lived on Washington State’s remote San Juan Island for the last eleven years, composing in a home on the water’s edge surrounded by wildlife. She is known for her genre-blind acoustic and electroacoustic pieces, her seamless melding of live and recorded sounds that often include striking visual and physical elements, and for her innovative uses of technology in her music for wind bands. Educated at The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music as a student of Ursula Mamlok and John Corigliano, she moved from Manhattan to Los Angeles in 1983, beginning her career composing for commercial media before switching her focus to the concert music world in the late 90s. Her works are heard in concerts and broadcasts across the U.S. and abroad have been released on nearly thirty recordings. Alex is a member of the board of directors of ASCAP and its representative to The International Council of Music Authors (CIAM), as well as a board member of The Aaron Copland Fund for Music and The ASCAP Foundation.