Prof Aaron Cassidy

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University of Huddersfield, UK


Aaron Cassidy joined the staff of the University of Huddersfield in 2007 and currently serves as Professor of Composition, Research Coordinator for Music and Music Technology, and part of the Directorate of the Centre for Research in New Music (CeReNeM). He previously served as Lecturer of Composition at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Buffalo State College. He holds a Ph.D. in Composition from the University at Buffalo (SUNY), where he studied principally with David Felder as a recipient of a Presidential Fellowship.

His work as a composer has been programmed by leading international contemporary music specialists including ELISION, Ensemble SurPlus, musikFabrik, EXAUDI, Ictus Ensemble, ensemble recherche, 175 East, Talea Ensemble, the Kairos, Diotima, and JACK string quartets at major international festivals and venues including Donaueschingen, Ultraschall, Warsaw Autumn, Huddersfield, Darmstadt, Gaudeamus, Dark Music Days, Bludenz, June In Buffalo, the ISCM World Music Days, Southbank Centre, Merkin Hall, Miller Theatre, Le Poisson Rouge, and Monday Evening Concerts. He has received grants, stipends, and commissions from Südwestrundfunk, allerArt Bludenz, the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music, Haupstadtkulturfonds Berlin, New York Foundation for the Arts, ASCAP, the American Music Center, Arts and Humanities Research Council, British Council, and PRSF 20×12/London Cultural Olympiad 2012.  Recordings of his work are available on NEOS, NMC, HCR, and New Focus Records.

As an author his contributions include chapters in the first, second, and sixth volumes of Wolke Verlag’s New Music and Aesthetics in the 21st Century series and journals including Sonic Ideas/Ideas SónicasSearch Journal for New Music and Culture, and Contemporary Music Review. He is the co-editor of the book Noise In And As Music, published in 2013 by Huddersfield University Press. 



Supporting Materials

1. IMAGE: Notation Excerpt (2015)

2. VIDEO: Imagining a Non-Geometrical Rhythm (Lecture, March 2015) 

[Aaron Cassidy's inaugural professorial lecture, given at the University of Huddersfield on 25.03.15. Aaron is professor of composition, research co-ordinator, director of PhD studies and member of CeReNeM, the Centre for Research in New Music at the university. He joined the department in 2007.]

3. BLOGPOST: I am an experimental composer (2012)

4. VIDEO: Second String Quartet (2010)

[The JACK Quartet performs the West Coast premiere of Aaron Cassidy's Second String Quartet for the Monday Evening Concerts series on February 14, 2011 at Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School. For more information about Monday Evening Concerts, visit]

5. AUDIO: Ornette Coleman - All My Life (1971)

Ornette Coleman - Science Fiction - 1971 Ornette Coleman - Alto Sax Dewey Redman - Tenor Sax Charlie Haden - Bass Ed Blackwell - Drums Billy Higgins - Drums Asha Puthli - Vocals Gerard Schwarg - tp Carmon Fornarotto - tp