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David Karagianis: Bio

David Karagianis (pronounced CARE-uh-GANN-iss) is a composer, sound designer, pianist, electronic musician, percussionist and educator. He currently serves as the Music Director of the Dance Program at Loyola Marymount University. David’s eclectic range and interests span film, dance, concert recital, theater and multi-media performance genres as well as classical, experimental, electronic, jazz, world, rock, pop and ambient stylistic boundaries. Having served as Senior Musician for the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures (formerly the UCLA Department of Dance) for over 20 years and before that as Music Director of the Kinetikos Dance Foundation/Dance LA, David has collaborated in a variety of roles with several generations of Modern and Post-Modern dance makers. He has worked as a composer, sound designer and/or music director with numerous choreographers, dance companies, performance artists and film makers including David Rousseve, UCLA Dance Company, The Kearns Dance Project, Movement Source Dance Company, Regina Klenjoski, Dancing Wheels, Sakoba Dance Theatre, Pat Catterson, Victoria Marks, Dan Wagoner, Doug Neilsen, Sen Hea Ha, Ledges and Bones, Chad Michael Hall, A Ludwig Dance Theatre, John Pennington, Denise Uyehara, Cheng-Cheih Yu, Oni Dance, and Janis Brenner & Dancers, Body Traffic and many more.  An accomplished improvisatory pianist and percussionist, David has served as accompanist for Alwin Nikolais, Joe Goode, Bill T. Jones, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Donald Byrd, Alvin Ailey Dance Company, Martha Graham Company, Limon Dance Company and numerous others.  A recipient of a number of awards, grants and honors including a Lester Horton Award for Achievement in Sound: Music/Sound/Text, a winner in the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur Competition for Music Composition for Dance and Meet The Composer grants, over seventy of David’s scores for dance, concert, theater, video and multi-media have been performed or screened throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. David is a Founding Member and a former Vice President of the International Guild of Musicians in Dance (2001-2004). He has created six CDs of music on his Sound Dance® label: Timeless (1997), Without Words (2000), Brave New Age (2004), Multiplex (2009), PULSE (Laptop Dances 2.0) and his newest release Threshold (2013).