Timothy McCormack [b. 1984] is a composer currently based in Boston, MA. His music is largely preoccupied with and informed by the physicality behind sound production, and obsessively explores the relationship between the body and the instrument. Focusing on the microscopic but violent space between a finger and a string or a tongue and a reed, McCormack's music dissects the physicality between the performer and instrument to create an ecstatic, exuberant and ever-changing aural terrain. McCormack's music exhibits highly dense textures and abnormal forms comprised of sounds which are constantly in flux, often violently so.
McCormack has been performed and commissioned by a number of eminent contemporary music specialists, including the ELISION Ensemble, musikFabrik, the JACK Quartet, Ensemble Dal Niente, Ensemble SurPlus, the Talea Ensemble, Ensemble Nikel, the Argento Ensemble, L’arsenale and Hand Werk. Notable performances of his works have taken place at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik, the TRANSIT Festival, the Tzlil Meudcan Festival, EMPAC and Suginami Kokaidou.
McCormack is a PhD candidate at Harvard University, where he studies with Chaya Czernowin. He also studied at the University of Huddersfield with Aaron Cassidy and Liza Lim as well as at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the Schloss Solitude Sommerakademie, and the Tzlil Meudcan Summer Courses. He has studied in masterclass or private lesson settings with Steven Takasugi, Roger Reynolds, Mark André, Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, Amnon Wolman, Jason Eckardt, Olga Neuwirth and Philippe Manoury, and has lectured on his music at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg and at the Universität der Künste Berlin. In addition to music, McCormack also studies contemporary dance with Jill Johnson and has worked in masterclass or choreographic settings with William Forsythe, John Jasperse, Christopher Roman and Riley Watts.