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Piece in background: Seattle Cloud Cover (Teresita Fernández, 2004–6)

John Eagle is a composer, instrument builder, and performer. His work operates within ecological frameworks involving extended instrumental systems. These works explore harmonic intonation as an environmental process.

His music has been performed by Red Desert Ensemble, Brightwork New Music, Wet Ink Ensemble, Yarn/Wire, Tacet(i) Ensemble, Unheard-of//Ensemble, Isaura String Quartet, Southland Ensemble, Inverted Space, and others.

Eagle has performed and presented work at The Art of Performance @UCI, Hear Now Music Festival, Thailand New Music and Arts Symposium, Göteborg Art Sounds, Co-Incidence Festival, Live Arts Exchange, and the Dog Star Orchestra annual festival.

He has created and contributed music, sound design, and technical design to a range of interdisciplinary projects. Sound House, an ongoing performance installation developed with Janie Geiser and Cassia Streb, features an eight channel modular wireless sound system he designed with Eric Heep.

Eagle holds degrees from Bennington College (BA) and California Institute of the Arts (MFA) and is a DMA candidate at Cornell University where he studies with Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri and Kevin Ernste. He was the Composition Fellow at Bennington College from 2009 – 2011 where he taught and directed music for theater and music productions. Based in Los Angeles and New York, Eagle performs in a variety of contexts on French horn and with his own instruments.

upper lift photograph by Denise Leitner/Rush Varela courtesy of Heidi Duckler Dance, middle photographs courtesty of Göteborg Art Sounds. Other musicians pictured: Emily Call, Christine Tavolacci, Tashi Wada, Cassia Streb, Julia Holter, Michael Pisaro-Liu, Todd Lerew.