|Country||United States of America|
|Occupation||Composer, Conductor, Performer, Singer, Teacher|
|Categories||Aleatoric, Classical, Contemporary, Electronic, Minimalist, Other, Experimental Music, Electroacoustic Music, Vocal|
Dennis Báthory-Kitsz was born in 1949, the year that Silly Putty was invented. He has composed for sound sculptures, soloists, playback & electronics, stage shows, orchestras, dancers, interactive multimedia, acoustic installations, and performance events. He has directed Il Gruppo Nuke Jitters, and has been commissioned by more than a hundred ensembles and performers.
He helped advance the chamber opera resurgence with Plasm over ocean at the World Trade Center in 1977; the interactive performance work Echo for solo performer, handmade instruments, and computers was presented in Vermont in 1985; In Bocca al Lupo for quasi-intelligent systems was installed in Montana's Yellowstone Art Center in 1986; the outdoor Vermont installation Traveler's Rest was a 1991 collaboration with West Coast sculptor Fernanda D'Agostino; in 1999, he became the first American composer commissioned for Prague's legendary Mánes Museum, conducting Zonule Glaes II for string quartet & electronic playback; and concerts dedicated to his music were held at Amsterdam's Zaal 100 in 2003 and De Rode Pomp in Ghent in 2005.
Dennis's vampire opera Erzsébet was premiered in 2011, and is to be presented at Cséjthe Castle in Slovakia. Recent commissions include The Four Elements for cello quartet (Robert Blais); Giè for alto flute, bass clarinet, bassoon, guitar and djembe (Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble); Autumn Dig for orchestra (Green Mountain Youth Symphony); and a hundred compositions for the 2007 We Are All Mozart project. Among his electronic compositions, Bolt and Detritus of Mating are on the Malted/Media label; zéyu, quânh and sweeh are on Frog Peak; iskajtbrz is on UnLimit; and Snare:Wilding is on illegal art.
His radio/cyber show Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar, co-hosted with composer David Gunn, won the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Internet Award in 2000. He was project director for the 2001 Ought-One Festival of NonPop, and co-founded the NonPop International Network of radio and Internet new music shows.
Dennis speaks and writes about music and composition and is Senior Editor for The Transitive Empire. Dennis's virtual home is at maltedmedia.com and he lives in Northfield, Vermont, in the U.S.