Leo is a composer, electroacoustic and acoustic musician, and student currently living in New York. Born in Seoul, Leo lived as an expat in Singapore, Taipei, and ultimately, Shanghai during his formative years. Thus the tensions between identity, residency, and rootlessness inform his artistic practice and research. Leo is the co-founder and director of Consensus, an experimental ensemble that confounds the boundaries between improvisation and composition via processual groupwork. As a composer, he works with musicians with disparate backgrounds: from ensembles such as the JACK quartet, Bearthoven, and the RighteousGIRLS, to students, friends, children, or anyone who is curious enough to work with him in a creative capacity. Leo has presented his music/research at various conferences and festivals: notably the International Computer Music Conference, the Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States National Conference, and the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival. Leo’s music has been described as having a “dark strength” that is “compelling” (TheatreScene.net). His principal teachers include Tomie Hahn, Joan La Barbara, Tae Hong Park, and Christopher Stark. Leo holds degrees from New York University and Washington University in St. Louis, and is pursuing his PhD in Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Keep in touch:
leochang93 at gmail dot com