Mike Frengel is an internationally recognized composer and guitarist. Combining his training in electroacoustic music composition and electric guitar performance, Frengel uses instrumental preparations, extended techniques, and electronic augmentations to create works that transcend the listener’s expectations of guitar performance. He will be discussing his ideas about composing new music for the guitar, in addition to his recently published book, The Unorthodox Guitar: A Guide to Alternative Performance Practice.
Mike graduated with a B.A. in electroacoustic music from San Jose State University in 1995, where he studied composition and sound production with Allen Strange and Dan Wyman. He spent another three years in the San Francisco Bay Area working at Apple Computers Inc. as well as remaining affiliated with the C.R.E.A.M. Studios at SJSU as a Research Scientist. Mike completed his M.A. in electroacoustic music composition at the Bregman Studios at Dartmouth College in 1999 under the tutelage of Jon Appleton, Charles Dodge, Larry Polansky, and Christian Wolff. He completed his Ph.D. at City University, London, where he studied composition with Denis Smalley. His works have been included on the Sonic Circuits VII, ICMC’95, CDCM Vol.26, 2000 Luigi Russolo and ICMC 2009 compact discs and are performed at music events around the world. Mike is currently on the faculty of the music departments at Northeastern University and Boston Conservatory, where he teaches courses in music technology and composition. His recently completed book, The Unorthodox Guitar: A Guide to Alternative Performance Practice, is available through Oxford University Press.