David A. Jaffe (b. 1955) has composed over ninety works for orchestra, chorus, chamber ensembles, and electronics, commissioned by ensembles such as the Kronos Quartet, Chanticleer and Cello Octet Amsterdam. His musical approach carries forward the innovative spirit of American composers Henry Brant (a close personal friend and mentor), Carl Ruggles and Charles Ives. His music has been presented by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony; and in over twenty-five countries at festivals such as the Winnipeg New Music Festival, the Berlin Festival, the ISCM Warsaw Autumn Festival, the Venice Biennale and the American Festival in London. His work "Silicon Valley Breakdown" is widely regarded as a landmark of computer music, and has been acclaimed by such diverse sources as Le Monde, Newsweek, The Manchester Guardian, and Computer Music Journal.
Jaffe received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition from Stanford University in 1983. He has been a visiting professor at Princeton University, Melbourne University, Stanford University, and the University of California at San Diego. As a computer music researcher, he has been recognized by awards from the International Engineering Consortium (IEC) and the Bourges Festival, as well as by several patents. His extensive writings on technical and aesthetic issues have been published in Perspectives of New Music, Computer Music Journal, Interface, Sonograma, and Leonardo Music Journal, and in the books “The Music Machine” and “The Well-Tempered Object." Also a mandolinist, violinist and conductor, Jaffe frequently performs his own works, as well as a variety of other genres of music, including bluegrass, salsa, and klezmer. For further information, please visit jaffe.com.