Joseph Di Ponio has composed music for concert performance, theater, art installations, and silent films. His concert music can be heard on solo and chamber music recitals throughout the U.S. and Canada, and is often inspired by the visual arts, especially the paintings of Barnett Newman, the video installations of Gary Hill, and the sculptures of Richard Serra. In general, his work is concerned with issues of aural history and temporality and is influenced greatly by contemporary thought on time and being.
Based in New York City, Joseph has composed pieces for Timetable Percussion, Yarn/Wire, Benjamin Robison/ Ardesco, the violinist Jubal Fulks, Iktus Percussion, the Lost Dog New Music Ensemble, and the 2009 Armory Show (NYC). His music has been performed as part of the Accidental Music Festival, North River Music Festival, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, concerts presented by Alia Musica (Pittsburgh) as well as at institutional venues including Luther College, Davidson College, Goucher College, Yale University and the Juilliard School.
Current projects include a work for piano trio and electronics, and a large scale open form piece for modern and historic wind instruments. In addition to his acoustic and electro-acoustic works, he is increasingly interested in large-scale electronically-generated sound environments. His work has been honored by ASCAP, and New York Performing Arts Spaces (ConEd Composer’s Residency). In 2015 he was named Composer in Residence for the Accidental Music Festival in Orlando.
Joseph holds degrees from Western Michigan University (B.Mus.), the Hartt School - University of Hartford (MM), and completed his Ph.D. in music composition at SUNY Stony Brook where he studied with Dan Weymouth, Daria Semegen and Sheila Silver. While at Stony Brook, he studied philosophy and aesthetics with Hugh Silverman and Donald Kuspit earning an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Philosophy and the Arts. Increasingly active as an art theorist, he has presented papers on the aesthetic relationship between music and the other arts.