Red Bites for a Rainy Day (2009), Cloud Dance Festival, London
Allen Fogelsanger composes and improvises music for dances, videos and installations; accompanies dance classes; teaches courses on dance and music; and writes movement-interactive Max/MSP/Jitter computer programs. He teaches/accompanies at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, SUNY Purchase College, Marymount Manhattan College, Ballet Arts and Gibney Dance Center. He received a PhD from Cornell University in Mathematics and served there as Director of Music for Dance 1988-2011. Before working at Cornell he was music director for the Central Pennsylvania Dance Workshop / Pennsylvania Dance Theatre in State College, PA.
Fogelsanger studied music composition with Burt Fenner, Steven Stucky, and Karel Husa, computer music composition with Nick Didkovsky and Morton Subotnick, and dance composition with David Gordon. His music has been used by choreographers Kathleya Afanador, LaRue Allen, Chris Black, Jumay Chu, Donna Davenport, June Finch, Joyce Morgenroth, Lynn Neuman, Jim Self, Jacob Slominski, Byron Suber and others. His music, alone and as part of dances, videos and installations, has been presented in the Americas, Europe and Australia, including at the Bourges Festival of Electroacoustic Music and Festival Synthèse, the Phoenix Experimental Arts Festival, the Cloud Dance Festival (London), the Boston Cyberarts Festival, and the national conferences of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States and the Society of Composers, Inc.
Likewise he has presented papers and talks at international conferences and festivals, including Sound Moves (Roehampton University, London), the Abundance Festival (Karlstad, Sweden), the Accademia Mobile of ICKamsterdam (Amiens, France), and I Seminário Internacional de Artes Integradas (Goiânia, Brazil), and at conferences of the Congress on Research in Dance, the World Dance Alliance, and the International Guild of Musicians in Dance. Additionally he has accompanied dance classes at the Harvard Summer Dance Center and at American College Dance Festivals.