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Donald Swearingen
composer and pianist
A classically trained composer and pianist, San Francisco-based Donald Swearingen's strong commitment to musical experimentation has sent him along numerous paths, from the garage band to the concert stage to computer networks. His current work concerns the use of movement and gesture as the source of media control in an expanded, computer assisted performance environment. His work has been presented in the San Francisco Bay Area at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Life on the Water, the Lab, New Performance Gallery, Studio 4, Artists Television Access, Koncepts Gallery, and Laney College. In addition, he has traveled, performed, and lectured widely in the United States and abroad. His full-length solo work Noise into Water premiered in 1993 to enthusiastic audiences at New Music Theatre's Zero-In-Time festival at Life on the Water in San Francisco. During the Spring of 1994, he was Composer-in-Residence at the Djerassi Foundation and was featured in the Exploratorium's Interactive Sound Studio during the Summer of 1994. In the Fall of 1996, Swearingen toured Japan, performing and lecturing in various cities as a featured composer/performer in the Interlink Festival.