Dan Caputo (b. 1991) is a composer of instrumental and electronic works that explore influences ranging from other visual, written, and performing arts to the perception of musical structure from the listener’s perspective. Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Caputo holds a B.M. from the University of Southern California and an M.Mus. from the University of Texas at Austin, and he is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Southern California. He has studied under composers Sean Friar, Dan Welcher, Donald Crockett, Stephen Hartke, Frank Ticheli, Donald Grantham, and Samuel Adler.
LISTEN: out of nothing for piano trio
Tiffany Chung, violin
Rainer Crosett, cello
Dawoon Chung, piano
out of nothing (2016) for piano trio is based on the following inscription that accompanies Frederick Hart’s sculpture “Ex Nihilo, Fragment No. 8”:
“Ex Nihilo (Out of Nothing) stands as an eloquent metaphor for humankind always ‘becoming’ – ever in a state of rebirth and reaffirmation of all the possibilities in being human, of the process of evolving into one’s own future.”
-Frederick Hart (1943-1999)