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Randall Woolf studied composition privately with David Del Tredici and Joseph Maneri, and at Harvard, where he earned a Ph.D. He is a member of the Common Sense Composers Collective. He is composer-in-residence for the Brooklyn Philharmonic.
For the 2009-10 season, Woolf will be composer-in-residence for the Fulcrum Point New Music Project, sponsored by Meet The Composer, continuing his 10 year relationship with FPNMP. He has composed a new work for FPNMP featuring rappers Tongo Eisen-Martin, Wordisbon, Jeremy Inspo Smith, and Liza Jessie Peterson, scored for chamber orchestra, electronics, turntables, and video. He is now writing a concerto for beatboxing flutist Greg Pattillo, commissioned by Ransom Wilson and the North Carolina School For The Arts.
In 1997 he composed a new ballet of “Where the Wild Things Are”, in collaboration with Maurice Sendak and Septime Webre. “Holding Fast”, a work for violin and video, created with Mary Harron (director of “American Psycho”) and John C. Walsh, was accepted for the Full Frame Festival, America’s premiere documentary film festival.
He works frequently with John Cale, notably on his score to “American Psycho”. He re-created 4 songs of Nico for Cale’s tribute concert “On The Borderline”, sung by Peter Murphy of Bauhaus, Lisa Gerrard of Dead Can Dance, and Sparklehorse. In 2009, John Cale and Mr. Woolf collaborated on a performance of all the songs from Cale's most celebrated solo album ‘Paris 1919', by Cale and his band, with orchestral arrangements by Woolf. The new version will be performed at London’s Royal Festival Hall in March, 2010, and subsequently in Melbourne, Australia, Brescia, Italy, Los Angeles and Paris, France.
His works have been performed by Kathleen Supové, Kronos Quartet, Jennifer Choi, Timothy Fain, Mary Rowell, Todd Reynolds, Ethel, conductor and flutist Ransom Wilson, Present Music, Fulcrum Point, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Seattle Symphony, Paul Dresher Ensemble, Bang On A Can/SPIT Orchestra, California EAR Unit, and others.