Brooklyn, United States
Max Alper is a composer, improviser, sound artist, multi-instrumentalist, and educator from Brooklyn by way of Boston. His compositions and improvisations have been performed (in-person and by other artists) in many venues in NYC and beyond, including The Stone, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival at Galapagos, the International Electroacoustic Music Festival at Brooklyn College, the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, the Horslurfestival in Solefftea, Sweden, the PNEM Festival in Uden, Netherlands, as well as several DIY and house venues within the Brooklyn experimental and new music scene.
Max is also a member of a Brooklyn-based experimental “future RnB” trio, the Pluto Moons, who perform throughout New York City, New England, and beyond. [Composer, vocals, synthesizers, samplers]
Max earned a Bachelor of Music degree from CUNY Brooklyn College in 2014. While there, he was awarded the Hitchcock Institute in Studies of American Music Award for Composition in 2013, and the Morton Feldman Award for Excellence in Experimental Composition in 2014. He has studied privately with Morton Subotnick and Arturo O'Farrill, and worked as studio assistant to George Brunner and as the pre-college instructor at the Brooklyn College Center for Computer Music. With Sam Hillmer, bandleader and founder of legendary NYC ensemble Zs, Max co-produced Practice!, a free weekly concert series held at Zebulon (RIP) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, showcasing new artists in the fields of experimental and outsider music and performance.
He currently holds position of Community Programming and Sound Manager at Queens based music and art venue and community center Trans Pecos and he’s always teaching music with a focus on technology to folks young and old of all backgrounds, including children and adults with special needs and the elderly. He is a consultant for AHRC NYC in the fields of music, audio engineering, performance, and music curriculum development, an adjunct faculty member of the Media, Arts, and Technology department at Borough of Manhattan Community College, and holds a teaching residency at Norm’s Music in Brooklyn as music technologist and performance coach.