Visiting Instructor of Music
Ph.D., Princeton University
Professor Dancigers is a composer and electric guitarist from Virginia Beach, Virginia. He has composed music for orchestras, films, chamber ensembles and dance, and as the guitarist for NOW Ensemble has brought music by some of the most exciting voices of his generation to both national and international recognition.
Dancigers' recent collaborators include Oscar-nominated director Sam Green on the film "The Measure of All Things,” premiered at the Sundance Festival and subsequently at the Nordernzon Performing Arts Festival, the Netherlands. He also recently scored the theatrical release "The Dog,” premiered at Lincoln Center Cinemas and the IFC Center. His piano music was used by New York City Ballet choreographer Justin Peck for a pas de deux called "The Bright Motion,” commissioned for the Fall for Dance Festival's 10th anniversary.
A large part of Professor Dancigers' musical output is for NOW Ensemble, whose second album Awake charted at No. 2 on Amazon's Classical Music Charts and was featured on NPR's “All Things Considered.” His music has been described in the New York Times as "entrancing" and "rich in beguiling timbres," and in The Classical Review as "fresh and vibrant." Orchestral performances have included the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, and the New York Youth Symphony.
Professor Dancigers' research and teaching interests include analysis of 20th century music, music and gesture, music composition, electronic music, and music theory.