Cornelius Dufallo (composer/violinist) is a constant innovator at the forefront of the American contemporary music scene. The New York Times calls him one of the “new faces of new music” and praises his “alluring” solo performances and “imaginative” compositions. A virtuosic and versatile violinist, Dufallo plays both acoustic and electric violin and moves seamlessly from classical to pop and jazz styles. He often works with cutting-edge technology such as the K-BOW by famed instrument designer Keith McMillan. According to Allan Kozinn in the New York Times, Dufallo’s performances on electric violin show “how much amplification can expand the instrument’s palette. Far from robbing the violin of its beauty, electronics add textural elements and gradations of timbre that the acoustic instrument cannot approximate.”
Dufallo's second solo album, Journaling (Innova Recordings, 2012) documents his ongoing work with many of today's extraordinary composers. The disc includes compositions for solo violin and violin + electronics by John King, Joan Jeanrenaud, Huang Ruo, Vijay Iyer, John Luther Adams, and Kenji Bunch.
Dufallo has toured the US, Europe, Asia, and Australia as a soloist and collaborative artist, performing in the Aspen Music Festival, the Bang On A Can Marathon, the Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Ojai Music Festival, and the Taipei International Music Festival. He has played with a variety of jazz and rock artists including Ornette Coleman, Kurt Elling, Butch Morris, Okkyung Lee, Thomas Dolby, Todd Rudgren, and Jill Sobule. He has recorded for the Mode, Tzadik, Cantaloupe and Innova labels. He was a member of ETHEL (2005-2012) and a founder of Ne(x)tworks (2002-2011).
Dufallo’s ongoing commitment to cutting edge musical ingenuity has produced collaborations with many of today's most adventurous composers including Osvaldo Golijov, Phil Kline, Joan La Barbara, Jacob TV, and Vijay Iyer. He appears as violinist on recent and forthcoming albums of music by Anna Clyne, Corey Dargel, John King, and Neil Rolnick. Dufallo recently inaugurated a recital series, Journaling, to chronicle his collaborations with living composers while tracking various paths in 21st-century music. The second installment of Jounaling took place August 15, 2010, at John Zorn’s East Village storefront performance space, The Stone.
Dufallo’s debut solo album, Dream Streets (Innova Recordings, 2009), is a collection of his own compositions for electric violin. Time Out New York calls it “a beautiful, evocative disc of electroacoustic soundscapes… all serve as apt reminders of this vital artist’s considerable gifts.” In a review for Arcane Candy, Garry Davis writes that Dream Streets ranges "from soaring, melodic notes to repetitive Terry Riley-like riffs… gentle sawing to all-out country-inspired hoe-downs… it's all reverb-drenched and spread across the stereo field like a rock band… squirrelly electronics and deep atmospheric field recordings – cawing birds, rain, traffic ambience – find their way into the mix, and it all melds together in a most pleasing manner.”
Dufallo’s compositions have been performed throughout the US and Europe. Recently commissioned works include Senescence Music (for ETHEL), Mindscape 1 (for OTHERSHORE Dance Company), and Night Visions (for pianist Jenny Lin’s album American Insomniac). Dufallo was a featured American composer at the Library of Congress, where the Flux Quartet performed his Afterimage: the Crossing of Invisible Paths.
A dedicated violin teacher, Dufallo currently has a private studio in New York City and frequently presents master classes, guest lectures, and workshops at schools and colleges around the country. He has served as Assistant Professor of Violin at SUNY Fredonia and also as a teaching artist for the Lincoln Center Institute, American String Teachers Association, and the Grand Canyon Music Festival’s Native American Composers Apprentice Project. With this spirit of service, Dufallo founded CBD Music, Inc., a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of public interest in and understanding of the musical arts through the presentation and promotion of new music. He holds Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees from The Juilliard School where he studied with Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki.
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