Michael Couper, saxophone

Michael Couper

saxophonist | composer | conductor

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Upcoming Performance:

Masterclass @ CSUN
California State University, Northridge
November 28, 2017 7:00 PM

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.

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Upcoming

Nov 28 2017

Masterclass @ CSUN

California State University, Northridge, 7:00 PM

Solo and Chamber Performing

Dec 1 2017

World AIDS Day Service

Claremont UCC, 7:00 PM

Solo and Chamber Performing

Dec 3 2017 Dec 6 2017

"St Francis De Los Barrios" Opera Workshop @ QUALCOMM Institute

San Diego, CA

SWARMIUS

Jan 28 2018

Peace and Justice Sunday - Russell Peterson - We Are Peace for saxophone, piano, and chorus

Claremont United Methodist Church, 9:30AM

Solo and Chamber Performing

Feb 9 2018

Tomasi Concerto with San Bernardino Symphony / Gene Kelly Tribute (Student Concert)

San Bernardino, CA, 10:00AM

Solo and Chamber Performing

Feb 9 2018

Tomasi Concerto with San Bernardino Symphony / Gene Kelly Tribute (Student Concert)

San Bernardino, CA, 11:30AM

Solo and Chamber Performing

Feb 10 2018

Tomasi Concerto with San Bernardino Symphony / Gene Kelly Tribute

California Theater, San Bernardino, CA, 7:30PM

Solo and Chamber Performing

Apr 19 2018 Apr 20 2018

NWEAMO @ CMMAS Festival

Morelia, Mexico

SWARMIUS

Recent

Nov 10 2017

SWARMIUS @ Cornelia Street

Cornelia Street Cafe, NYC, 9:00 PM

SWARMIUS

Sep 17 2017

ONA Celebration

Claremont United Church of Christ, 10:00 AM

Solo and Chamber Performing

Sep 2 2017

Faculty Recital

Smith Recital Hall, San Diego State University, 6:00PM

Solo and Chamber Performing

Aug 12 2017

SD Symphony: Bayside Nights - La La Land in Concert

San Diego Marina, 7:30PM

http://purchasing.sandiegosymphony.org/single/EventDetail.aspx?p=6119

Ensemble Work

Aug 5 2017

Bayside Summer Nights: Boz Scaggs

San Diego Embarcadero Marina Park South, 7:30PM

Ensemble Work

Aug 4 2017

Bayside Summer Nights: Boz Scaggs

San Diego Embarcadero Marina Park South, 7:30PM

Ensemble Work

Jul 11 2017

CSSSA Faculty Recital

ROD, California Institute for the Arts, 7:30PM

Solo and Chamber Performing

Jun 27 2017

An Evening with the SD Winds

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

Ensemble Work

Jun 17 2017

Encore Saxophone Quartet

Brand Library, Glendale, CA, 2:00 PM

Solo and Chamber Performing

May 25 2017

UCR Composition Workshop

UC Riverside, 11:00AM

Solo and Chamber Performing

May 21 2017

CUMC Reconciling Celebration

Claremont United Methodist Church, 9:30AM

Solo and Chamber Performing

May 4 2017

UCR Composition Workshop

UC Riverside, 11:00AM

Solo and Chamber Performing

May 3 2017

SWARMIUS @ University Community Library

San Diego, CA, 6:30PM

SWARMIUS

May 3 2017

SoCal Sax Quartet @ Noon Concert Series

Smith Recital Hall, San Diego State University School of Music and Dance, 12:00 PM

Solo and Chamber Performing

Apr 5 2017

Faculty Recital with Dan Durand, piano @ Noon Concert Series

Smith Recital Hall, San Diego State University School of Music and Dance, 12:00 PM

Solo and Chamber Performing

Mar 26 2017

Kaleidoscope: Series 6

First Presbyterian Church 1220 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401, 3:00PM

http://www.kco.la/concerts/

Ensemble Work

Mar 25 2017

Kaleidoscope: Series 6

Glendale City Church 610 East California Ave., Glendale, CA 91206, 8:00PM

http://www.kco.la/concerts/

Ensemble Work

Mar 14 2017

SoCal Saxophone Quartet @ Mt San Antonio Gardens

Claremont, CA, 7:00pm

Solo and Chamber Performing

Mar 11 2017

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

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

https://www.facebook.com/events/608600339349228/

Solo and Chamber Performing

Feb 1 2017

Villa-Lobos International Chamber Music Festival: “Sax Celebration” curated by Paulo C. Chagas

Performance Lab, ARTS 166, UC Riverside, 8:00PM

http://events.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/display.cgi?comp_id=45015:20170201200000&unit=149

Solo and Chamber Performing

Jan 29 2017

San Diego Symphony: James Gaffigan/Cartier Williams

The Jacobs Music Center's Copley Symphony Hall, 2:00PM

Ensemble Work

Jan 27 2017

San Diego Symphony: James Gaffigan/Cartier Williams

The Jacobs Music Center's Copley Symphony Hall, 8:00PM

Ensemble Work

Jan 27 2017

San Diego Symphony: James Gaffigan/Cartier Williams (Open Rehearsal)

The Jacobs Music Center's Copley Symphony Hall, 10:00AM

Ensemble Work

Jan 15 2017

The Dictator's Wife

Washington National Opera: The Kennedy Center, 2:00 PM

http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/event/OROMA

Composition

Jan 13 2017

The Dictator's Wife

Washington National Opera: The Kennedy Center, 7:30 PM

http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/event/OROMA

Composition

Jan 7 2017

SD Symphony: Classical Special

The Jacobs Music Center's Copley Symphony Hall, 8:00PM

Ensemble Work

Nov 13 2016

NWEAMO Tokyo

Shibuya Koen-dori, Tokyo, Japan, 2:00PM

http://koendoriclassics.com/events/204/詳細未定/

SWARMIUS

Nov 10 2016

SWARMIUS @ Monten Hall

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

http://www.monten.jp/20161110

SWARMIUS

Oct 27 2016

SWARMIUS @ Lafayette Hotel

San Diego, 6:30PM

SWARMIUS

Oct 21 2016

SWARMIUS @ The Cutting Room

The Cutting Room NYC, 7:00pm

SWARMIUS

Aug 27 2016

SD Summer Pops: Bernadette Peters

San Diego Marina, 8:00PM

Ensemble Work

Aug 26 2016

SD Summer Pops: Bernadette Peters

San Diego Marina, 8:00PM

Ensemble Work

Aug 3 2016

SWARMIUS @ CalArts (CSSSA)

CalArts, Santa Clarita, CA, 6:00PM

SWARMIUS

Jul 12 2016

Faculty Recital

ROD, Cal Arts, CSSSA, 7:00PM

Solo and Chamber Performing

Jun 29 2016

San Diego Winds Summer Concert

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

Ensemble Work

Jun 19 2016

Vigil for the Victims of Pulse: Orlando

Claremont United Methodist Church, 4:00 PM

Solo and Chamber Performing

May 8 2016

Saxophone Quartet

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

Solo and Chamber Performing

Apr 29 2016

Masterclass @ UCLA

UCLA, 7PM

Solo and Chamber Performing

Apr 17 2016

SWARMIUS @ Organ Pavilion

Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park, San Diego

SWARMIUS

Apr 10 2016

The Mimesis Ensemble presents: Al-Andalus

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

Ensemble Work

Apr 1 2016

SWARMIUS @ Martin Lawrence Gallery

La Jolla, CA, 6:00 PM

SWARMIUS

Mar 25 2016

Easter at Glenkirk Church

Glendora, CA, 9:00 AM

Ensemble Work

Mar 10 2016

North American Saxophone Alliance Annual Conference

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

Solo and Chamber Performing

Feb 17 2016

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

Le Poisson Rouge, 7:30 PM

http://lpr.com/lpr_events/no-orpheus-vocal-music-of-mohammed-fairouz-february-17th-2016/

Solo and Chamber Performing

Feb 5 2016

Lotusflower and CSUSB Opera Theatre (Lilith with ChoEun Lee)

CSUSB San Bernardino Recital Hall, 8:00 PM

Solo and Chamber Performing

Jan 24 2016

Mohammed Fairouz: Pierrot Lunaire

Joe's Pub, NYC

Conducting

Dec 9 2015

SWARMIUS @ Composers Concordance

Manhattan, NY, 8:00PM

SWARMIUS

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