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Composer Christian Asplund at 12 Minutes Max


The press has used many words to describe the music of Christian Asplund: passion, panoramic power, pure pointillist, plaintive, painstaking…and that’s just the “p”s.


Asplund is a Canadian-American composer-performer based in Utah. He is an associate professor of music at Brigham Young University and extremely active in the Provo music scene. You’ll see him performing with bands such as Fun Coffin, or hosting concerts at Avant gaRAge.


Prior to coming to Utah, he lived in Seattle where he co-founded the Seattle Experimental Opera Company. He has received commissions from many prominent performers and ensembles and has received grants and awards from CalArts Herb Alpert Awards, Genesis Foundation, Barlow Endowment, Artist Trust, King County, Jack Straw Foundation, and ASCAP. His interests include the intersections of text/music, improvisation/composition, and modular textures/forms.


This Sunday 12 Minutes Max will give you the opportunity to meet this composer and hear a recently composed work for cellist and BYU colleague Michelle Kesler. “Suite for Cello” is a six-part virtuoso work. Kesler will perform the final two movements: Interlude and Chaconne. Interlude employs guitar-style fingerpicking and Chaconne uses textures and techniques more commonly associated with the violin.


WHERE: City Library, Main Auditorium
WHEN: Sunday, September 20, 2 PM


12 Minutes Max is a monthly showcase of short works and works-in-progress by local artists in many disciplines.  It is modeled after the program originated by On the Boards in Seattle. 

Laura Durham works for KUED Channel-7 in the Creative Services Department, curating community engagement projects for both PBS and KUED productions that foster trust and value to the communities in Utah. She also produces Contact with Mary Dickson and Contact in the Community — a digital series featuring arts and culture groups in Utah. Prior to her work at KUED, Laura spent 15 years at the Utah Division of Arts & Museums in the visual arts program and later managing communications, branding, marketing, and public value projects for all arts and museums programming. She has served the Utah community in various capacities with her role as Vice President of the Salt Lake Gallery Association and Program Director for the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll. She lives in Salt Lake City, sings with Utah Chamber Artists, and loves to contribute to 15 Bytes as often as time allows.

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