Isaac Schankler is a composer, pianist, accordionist and electronic musician living in Los Angeles. His music is inspired by improvisation, indeterminacy, spoken language, narrative, and puzzles. He has been recognized by awards and grants from Meet the Composer, the American Composers Forum, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the American Prize, the National Opera Association, ASCAP, and the Lotte Lehmann Foundation. Ensembles and venues that have featured the composer’s work include wild up, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), the Ussachevsky Memorial Festival, the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), the IEEE International Conference on Multimedia & Expo (ICME), Le Centre Artistique de Piégon (France), and Juventas New Music Ensemble.
As a composer for interactive media, Isaac has collaborated with video artists (Quintan Ana Wikswo, Christopher O’Leary, Sandra Powers), computer scientists (Elaine Chew, Alexandre Francois) and game designers (Christine Love, Zoe Quinn, Patrick Lindsay, Mitu Khandaker). As an electroacoustic improviser, he has performed at the Sacramento Festival of New American Music, and at Wilton’s Music Hall in London, UK. His research and writing has appeared in NewMusicBox, the International Journal of Arts and Technology, and Computer Music Journal.
Isaac is co-director of the concert series People Inside Electronics, and a resident artist with the interdisciplinary arts organization Catalysis Projects. He holds a doctorate in composition from the University of Southern California, as well as degrees from the University of Michigan (MM, BM). He currently teaches music technology at the University of Southern California, and music theory at Chapman University.