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Grant Chu Covell


Born: June 1967; New York, NY  
Grant Chu Covell works in the Boston area for a company that once made machines used by Babbitt and Xenakis. His instrumental and electro-acoustic music has been performed in the U.S. and abroad, and he has shared too many CDs of his music with family and friends (one work was recorded in a refrigerator). He received a BMI Award in 1985 for a String Quartet, Fellowship Grants from the Somerville Arts Council/Massachusetts Cultural Council in 1995 Read more and 1999, and an Honorable Mention in the 2000 Boston Art Song Composition contest. Grant graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory where he studied with Richard Hoffmann, Arnold Schoenberg’s amanuensis. He also holds an Art History degree from Oberlin.

Selected performances include a Flute Trio (flute, violin and cello) at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens in 1996, and a song-cycle to texts by Sappho and Emerson for high-school chorus and instruments which was performed twice in 1999. Within (piano and tape), Machina ex Deis (tape) and Against (string quartet and tape) were performed in November 1999, and Monday Morning (tape) at the 31st Festival Synthèse Bourges 2001. Durchschnitt (tape) was played in Havana at an off-ICMC Concert during the ICMC 2001. He also had works on the SEAMUS Audio-Clip Internet Online Concerts in 1998 and 1999, and is one of many contributorsto the “Csound Catalog,” the companion CD to the MIT Press book on Csound.

Grant is a Managing Editor at La Folia (, an online music review. His music writing has also appeared in EAR Magazine and InMusic, and was the publisher of The Periodic Journal of Bibliography (1990-95). A short article on Within (piano and tape) is in the Csound Magazine. Two short electro-acoustic works appeared in the Presence III and The Door Project compilations. Read less
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