Member Profile: Robert Fleisher
Robert Fleisher continues to receive national and international performances of several early tape pieces (c. 1970), including Loretto Alfresco, Loretto Alfresco (piccolo), Altro Alfresco, and Dans le piano (premiered respectively at NYCEMF 2009, ICMC 2010, SEAMUS 2011, and EMM 2012). These works have been heard more than 90 times throughout the U.S. and in Australia, Argentina, Canada, Italy, Mexico, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the U.K. Loretto Alfresco was released in the SEAMUS Electro-Acoustic Miniatures 2012: “Re-Caged” and in 2022 was programmed more than 30 times in more than a dozen states by the NACUSA Sounds New chapter. Loretto Alfresco (piccolo) has appeared in several “60x60” mixes and Altro Alfresco appeared in the online journal, ink&coda. Dans le piano was released on Vol. 7 of the New Music by Living Composers series (Petrichor, 2021), and both Loretto Alfresco and Altro Alfresco appear on Ilta (Neuma, 2022). Parallel was premiered during the 2022 Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) “Earth Day Art Model” international telematic festival. Fleisher’s Maniondala for solo mallet (performed by Greg Beyer) was released on Long Roll (Albany, 2017) and Ethan Martin performed it at EMM in 2018. Fleisher’s acoustic works also continue to receive performances and recordings in the U.S. and abroad, including Gig Harbor and Six Little Piano Pieces (Martin Jones, piano) in the American Piano Music Series (PnOVA, 2019), Dumkyana (Trio Casals) on Moto Finale (Navona, 2021), 32 Bars for string quartet on SQ (Phasma, 2022), and Five Pieces for Flute and Percussion on Ilta (Neuma, 2022). His toy piano miniature, BACH (for Jan) was premiered by David Bohn in the Vox Novus "Fifteen Minutes of Fame" virtual recital series in 2022. In November 2022, Max Lifchitz gave the NYC premiere of Fleisher's Six Little Piano Pieces during the opening concert of the North/South Consonance 43rd season, at the National Opera Center (Scorca Hall). Author of Twenty Israeli Composers (1997), he is also a contributing composer and essayist in Theresa Sauer’s Notations 21 (2009). Fleisher’s acoustic music has been described as “eloquent” (Ann Arbor News), “lovely and emotional” (Musicworks), “astoundingly attractive” (Perspectives of New Music), and “ingenious” (Strad); his electroacoustic works have been praised as “fascinating” (Fanfare), “endearingly low tech” and possessing “a rich, tactile texture” (The New York Times). Awarded artist residencies at the Hambidge Center, Millay Colony, Montalvo Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Yaddo, and Mishkenot Sha’ananim, Fleisher has also received support from the Illinois Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Ruttenberg Arts Foundation. Fleisher graduated with honors from the University of Colorado and earned his M.M. and D.M.A. Composition degrees at the University of Illinois, studying with Ben Johnston, Salvatore Martirano, and Paul Zonn. He is Professor Emeritus at Northern Illinois University.