Paul Chihara

Paul Chihara


• Born 1938


An American of Japanese descent, Chihara studied at Cornell University, with Gunther Schuller, Boulanger, and Ernst Pepping. He is a professor of music at the University of California at Los Angeles. He conducts the University's collegium musicum and founded and directs the Twice Ensemble. His interest in Oriental music is apparent in his music, and he utilizes the altered use of vibrato, limited pitch movement, and microtones. He also uses electronically modified sounds. His compositions include choral, chamber, and orchestral works. His work Logs is a group of phrases that may be repeated and combined in different orders with alterations in sound.