Max Giteck Duykers, Composer

Max Giteck Duykers, Composer

Berkeley High School graduate and Brooklyn-based composer Max Giteck Duykers is a composer whose work is dedicated to unusual beauty, unique forms, and collaborative projects.  He frequently incorporates technology in performance in a manner which gives the performers room for individual expression. A veteran of multidisciplinary performance, Duykers is also interested in reworking developmental processes for artists to find their collective “sweet spot” and produce work which is personal, confronting, and starkly beautiful.

An album of his music featuring his group Ensemble Ipse, was released on New World Records in May 2019, with producer Judith Sherman. Of the album, Frank J. Oteri writes, “It combines intellectual rigor with sheer physical pleasure as well as metaphysical transcendence. It is music that is deeply conscious of all the music that has come before it, but is very clearly music of our time while also offering some intriguing suggestions about where the music of the future might beckon.” His numerous commissions and premieres include the Avian Orchestra, The Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, the Oakland Youth Orchestra, the Seattle Chamber Players, Third Angle New Music, the BEO String Quartet, the Glass Farm Ensemble, PUBLIQuartet, Anti-Social Music, the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, the Tiffany Mills Company, and numerous individual performers. His projects have been supported by the Brooklyn Arts Council, The Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, the JFunds Commission, New Music USA, California Humanities, and the National Parks Service Japanese American Confinement Sites Program.

Duykers is a founder and co-director of Ensemble Ipse, a contemporary music performance group based in NYC. Ensemble Ipse is committed to performing and commissioning the music of emerging composers, as well as composers who have been traditionally under-represented in the larger new music community, including women, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+. Since forming in 2016, Ipse has premiered 31 works, 10 of them commissions, held calls for scores for emerging composers which have received thousands of applications, received support from the New York State Council on the Arts, New Music USA, the Queens Council on the Arts, the Brooklyn Arts Council, and the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University

Duykers has also been commissioned to compose music for over 40 theatrical, dance, film, and multimedia projects in the New York City area.  With the theater group Prototype he was an artist-in-residence at HERE Arts Center in 2002-2004, and in 2000-2001 he worked for Philip Glass’ The Looking Glass Studios and Dunvagen Music Publishers, where he did studio recording, Pro-Tools post-production, music sequencing, music copying and music editing for the Philip Glass Ensemble, film scoring projects, and operatic works.  He received a BM from Oberlin Conservatory where he studied composition with Randy Coleman, and has recently completed his Ph.D. at Stony Brook University where he studied with Sheila Silver.  At Stony Brook he was also honored with the 2012 Ackerman Award for Excellence in Music. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Rebecca and sons Quinlan and Liev. 

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