Michael Couper, saxophone

Michael Couper, saxophone

Upcoming Performance:

SWARMIUS @ The Cutting Room
The Cutting Room NYC
October 21, 2016 7:00pm

Bio

Artistic Statement

A classically trained saxophonist with a background in stage acting and an obsession with Electronic Dance Music, Michael Couper (Schrodinger's Sax) has found a perfect home in the electrifying cross-genre group SWARMIUS. A wearer of many hats, Dr. Couper is equally engaged as a performer, teacher, conductor, scholar, software engineer, and music publisher. Finding great difficulty in settling on a major in college, Couper became enthralled with interdisciplinary studies and the ways in which many contrasting points of view and subjects of study contribute to the greatest possible expression of one's own personality and musical artistry.  
 
His current projects include the development of a digital practice assistant that seek to transform the way private teachers interact with their students as they practice away from the studio, and grant access to rigorous study to those students who do not have access to private tutors. Seeking his path after having pushed straight through three music degrees, Dr. Couper became reinvigorated by the introduction to rave music and culture, finding in it and the capacity to reconnect with the fundamental musical underpinnings of communication and cognition, granting hope for the future of music as it relates to our increasingly digital culture.

Comprehensive Bio

Hailed by the New York Times for his “sweet intensity” and “insinuating smoothness,” Michael Couper is active in the advancement of the saxophone repertoire to include music of our time, traditional music reinterpreted, and innovations in pop styles. Dr. Couper was a finalist for the 2015 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, a rare distinction among saxophone soloists. He is also a founding member of the critically-acclaimed Mimesis Ensemble, a group based in New York City that is dedicated to presenting works of poignant cultural significance, largely by living composers. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed internationally at major venues including the Seoul Arts Center, Miller Theater, Merkin Hall, and Carnegie Hall, among others. Under the pseudonym “Shrodinger's Sax,” Couper plays soprano saxophone with the musically acrobatic and genre-defying band SWARMIUS, described as a “sonic fusion of hip-hop and house-lounge-techno meets modern-classical.” He has performed concerti with the USC Thornton Symphony, the San Diego State University (SDSU) Symphony Orchestra, the SDSU Wind Ensemble, and the Swarmaphonic Orchestra, and is engaged in several new concerto projects for the 2016/2017 season, including one with Mohammed Fairouz. Partnering with saxophonist Kenneth Radnofsky, Dr. Couper co-founded a music publishing company, RCEditions (www.rceditions.com) that endeavors to enrich the repertoire of the modern saxophonist, offering as part of its catalog adaptations of historical masterworks as well as exciting new commissions.

Dr. Couper plays with the San Diego Symphony, and has also performed with the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, the San Diego Opera, and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, as well as several local orchestras in the Los Angeles area. He has given guest artist recitals and masterclasses at universities and conservatories around the country, including New England Conservatory, the Longy School of Music, Boston University, CSU Sacramento, and CSU Long Beach, among others. He is an active teacher and performer in the community, with recent faculty appointments at San Diego State University and CSU San Bernardino, and summer festivals including CSU Summer Arts, and the California State Summer School for the Arts. In November of 2011, he collaborated on a Grammy-nominated disc of chamber works on the Sono Luminous label, and has subsequently recorded with SWARMIUS and for the LA Operetta Foundation.

Dr. Couper earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts with distinction from the University of Southern California, his Master of Music from New England Conservatory, and his Bachelor of Music from San Diego State University, where he was the outstanding graduate for the School of Music, and the recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award. His past teachers include Todd Rewoldt, Kenneth Radnofsky, James Rötter, and Douglas Masek for saxophone, Frank Ticheli, Malcolm Peyton, and Brent Dutton for composition, and Lucinda Carver and Larry Livingston for conducting. Dr. Couper is a Conn-Selmer Artist endorsing Yanagisawa saxophones.

Short Bio

Hailed by the New York Times for his “sweet intensity” and “insinuating smoothness,” modern saxophonist Michael Couper has performed internationally as a soloist and chamber musician at venues including the Seoul Arts Center, Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, and Carnegie Hall, and is engaged by the Mimesis Ensemble, the San Diego Symphony, and the San Diego Opera, among others. Under the pseudonym “Shrodinger’s Sax”, Dr. Couper plays soprano saxophone with the musically acrobatic and genre-defying band SWARMIUS, described as “a sonic fusion of hip-hop and house-lounge-techno meets modern-classical.” He co-founded a music publishing company, Radnofsky Couper Editions that endeavors to enrich the repertoire of the modern saxophonist, offering as part of its catalog adaptations of historical masterworks as well as exciting new commissions. Dr. Couper was recently visiting faculty at CSU San Bernardino and San Diego State University, and is a Conn-Selmer Artist endorsing Yanagisawa saxophones.

Media

Calendar

Upcoming

Solo and Chamber Performing

Dec 1 2016

Raining Light

Private Event, Manhattan

Dec 11 2016

Faustus: A SaxOpera for alto saxophone and large wind ensemble: World Premiere

San Diego State University, Don Powell Theater, 4:00PM

Jan 13 2017

The Dictator's Wife

Washington National Opera: The Kennedy Center

Jan 15 2017

The Dictator's Wife

Washington National Opera: The Kennedy Center

Jan 23 2017

Housing Works

Housing Works Bookstore, SoHo, 8:00

Feb 1 2017

Villa Lobos Festival; World Premieres by Brazilian Composers

Culver Arts Center, UC Riverside, 7:00PM

Mar 24 2017

The New Prince

Dutch National Opera, Stadsschouwsburg Amsterdam, 7:30 PM

Mar 25 2017

The New Prince

Dutch National Opera, Stadsschouwsburg Amsterdam, 7:30 PM

Mar 26 2017

The New Prince

Dutch National Opera, Stadsschouwsburg Amsterdam, 7:30 PM

Mar 27 2017

The New Prince

Dutch National Opera, Stadsschouwsburg Amsterdam, 7:30 PM

Mar 28 2017

The New Prince

Dutch National Opera, Stadsschouwsburg Amsterdam, 7:30 PM

Mar 31 2017

The New Prince

Dutch National Opera, Stadsschouwsburg Amsterdam, 7:30 PM

SWARMIUS

Oct 21 2016

SWARMIUS @ The Cutting Room

The Cutting Room NYC, 7:00pm

Oct 27 2016

SWARMIUS @ Lafayette Hotel

San Diego, 6:30PM

Nov 2 2016

SWARMIUS @ SDSU Noon Concert Series

Smith Recital Hall, 12:00pm

Nov 10 2016

SWARMIUS @ Monten Hall "Battle of the Bands"

Monten Hall, Ryogoku, Tokyom Japan, 8:45PM

Nov 13 2016

NWEAMO Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

May 3 2017

SWARMIUS @ University Community Library

San Diego, CA, 6:30PM

Recent

Solo and Chamber Performing

Jul 12 2016

Faculty Recital

ROD, Cal Arts, CSSSA, 7:00PM

Jun 19 2016

Vigil for the Victims of Pulse: Orlando

Claremont United Methodist Church, 4:00 PM

May 8 2016

Saxophone Quartet

Montrose Harvest Market, 10:00AM - 2:00PM

Apr 29 2016

Masterclass @ UCLA

UCLA, 7PM

Mar 14 2016

Corporeal Saxophone Quartet

Mt. San Antonio Gardens, 7:00PM

Mar 10 2016

North American Saxophone Alliance Annual Conference

Texas Tech University. Lubbock, TX, 4:00 PM

Feb 17 2016

No Orpheus - World Premiere of Soliloquy for Abdulla (2016)

Le Poisson Rouge, 7:30 PM

Feb 5 2016

Lotusflower and CSUSB Opera Theatre (Lilith with ChoEun Lee)

CSUSB San Bernardino Recital Hall, 8:00 PM

Nov 17 2015

Masterclass: Building an Eclectic Career

CSU San Bernardino, 1:00PM

Oct 31 2015

Lurking, Soaring

Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, 2:00PM

Oct 28 2015

Recital and Masterclass

New England Conservatory, Boston, MA, 2:00PM

Oct 21 2015

CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition Finals

Merkin Hall, NYC, 2:15PM

Oct 13 2015

Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition

New York City, NYC

Oct 4 2015

Michael Couper and ChoEun Lee

Claremont UMC, 2:00 PM

Sep 25 2015

Michael Couper and ChoEun Lee

Victor Valley College, Victorville, CA, 7:30 PM

Sep 9 2015

Michael Couper and ChoEun Lee

Smith Recital Hall, San Diego State University, 12:00 PM

Aug 8 2015

Michael Couper and ChoEun Lee

Mt. San Antonio Gardens, Claremont, CA, 7:00 PM

Jul 14 2015

Faculty Recital, CSSSA

ROD, Cal Arts, 6:00 PM

May 6 2015

Faculty Recital, Michael Couper, saxophone

Smith Recital Hall, San Diego, CA, 12:00 PM

Apr 20 2015

Scott Grady - "Overdrive"

Los Angeles, CA, 8:00 PM

Mar 22 2015

Suite Noir, Concerto with San Diego State Symphony

San Diego State University, 7:00 PM

Feb 11 2015

The Music of Richard Thompson

San Diego State University, 12:00 Pm

Conducting

Mar 14 2016

Corporeal Saxophone Quartet @ Mt San Antonio Gardens

Claremont, CA, 7:00pm

Jan 24 2016

Mohammed Fairouz: Pierrot Lunaire

Joe's Pub, NYC

Nov 19 2015

CSU San Bernardino Opera Scenes: Into the Woods

CSU San Bernardino, CA, 7:30PM

SWARMIUS

Aug 3 2016

SWARMIUS @ CalArts (CSSSA)

CalArts, Santa Clarita, CA, 6:00PM

Apr 17 2016

SWARMIUS @ Organ Pavilion

Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park, San Diego

Apr 1 2016

SWARMIUS @ Martin Lawrence Gallery

La Jolla, CA, 6:00 PM

Dec 9 2015

SWARMIUS @ Composers Concordance

Manhattan, NY, 8:00PM

Nov 17 2015

SWARMIUS @ CSUSB Music Tuesdays

CSU San Bernardino, CA, 12:00PM

Aug 29 2015

SWARMIUS @ Carlsbad New Music Festival

Carlsbad, CA, 4:30 PM

Jul 4 2015

SWARMIUS @ Balboa Park

San Diego, CA, 1:00 PM

Jun 25 2015

SWARMIUS @ NWEAMO Festival

Zoro Garden, Balboa Park, San Diego, 8:00 PM

Jun 19 2015

SWARMIUS @ NWEAMO Festival

Helen Price Reading Room, Central Library, San Diego, 8:00 PM

Apr 26 2015

NWEAMO Festival

San Diego, CA, 8:00 PM

Apr 25 2015

NWEAMO Festival

San Diego, CA, 8:00 PM

Mar 20 2015

SWARMIUS @ Aztec Center

San Diego, CA, 12:00 PM

Mar 13 2015

SWARMIUS @ Love Library

San Diego, CA, 12:00 PM

Jan 9 2015

SWARMIUS @ International Phage Conference

San Diego, CA, 8:00 PM

Ensemble Work

Aug 27 2016

SD Summer Pops: Bernadette Peters

San Diego Marina, 8:00PM

Aug 26 2016

SD Summer Pops: Bernadette Peters

San Diego Marina, 8:00PM

Jun 29 2016

San Diego Winds Summer Concert

Don Powell Theater, San Diego State University, 7:30 PM

Apr 10 2016

The Mimesis Ensemble presents: Al-Andalus

Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at NYU, 7:30 PM

Mar 25 2016

Easter at Glenkirk Church

Glendora, CA, 9:00 AM

Aug 28 2015

San Diego Symphony: Cary Hoffman

Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego, 8:00 PM

Jul 8 2015

San Diego Winds

Balboa Theater, San Diego, CA, 7:30 PM

May 2 2015

La Curandera

CSU San Bernardino, 8:00 PM

May 1 2015

La Curandera

CSU San Bernardino, 8:00 PM

Mar 22 2015

Nixon in China - San Diego Opera

San Diego, CA, 2:00 PM

Mar 20 2015

Nixon in China - San Diego Opera

San Diego, CA, 8:00 PM

Mar 17 2015

Nixon in China - San Diego Opera

San Diego, CA, 8:00 PM

Mar 14 2015

Nixon in China - San Diego Opera

San Diego, CA, 8:00 PM

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