Lukas Ligeti

Composer & Percussionist

Lukas Ligeti was born in Vienna, Austria, where he studied composition and percussion, followed by two years at Stanford University’s electronic music studio; he has lived in New York City since 1998. Among his main compositional interests are polymetric structures, new approaches to tuning and harmony, and the possibilities of technology. Non-Western musics, especially from Africa, are among his main influences, as are his experiences as an improvising drummer playing with musicians such as John Zorn, Henry Kaiser, Raoul Björkenheim, John Tchicai, Benoît Delbecq, Gary Lucas, etc. Composition commissions have come from Bang on a Can, the Kronos Quartet, Ensemble Modern, the Vienna Festwochen, American Composers Forum, NYU, Radio France, and others; his music has also been played by the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lyon, London Sinfonietta, Amadinda Percussion Group, and many others. His experimental collaborations with African musicians have been hailed as “a new dimension in the dialogue between Africa and the West” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung). He founded the ensemble Beta Foly, based in the Ivory Coast, and has taught and/or performed in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa, and Egypt; he now continues his experiments between African music and technology with the band Burkina Electric.