After having studied studying music and mathematics in Amsterdam and having worked some years as an economist, Ruben Naeff (1981) recently graduated from New York University, where he studied composition with Michael Gordon. Ruben’s broad interest led to many interdisciplinary pieces like De Bètacanon (about the hard sciences), The Dancing Dollar (about the current financial crisis), and the YouOpera (about our lives online). He co-founded the West 4th New Music Collective and collaborated with such ensembles as Ensemble Signal, JACK Quartet, Deviant Septet, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, and Wild Rumpus. His music has been performed in six European countries and seven US states, and was presented by such institutions as the Bang on a Can Marathon, Aspen Music Festival, Hartford Opera Theatre, Center City Opera Theatre, and debate & fine arts festival happyChaos.
LISTEN: MMXII (2012) Stay Happy When The World Collapses for orchestra
American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra; Nikolas Nägele, Conductor