Pulsoptional, Durham, North Carolina's Band of Composers, challenges and enthralls audiences with it's innovative new music programming. Since it's inception in January of 2000, the new music ensemble and composers' collective has developed a diverse, devoted audience and continues to attract listeners new to contemporary music with it's boundary/genre-defying, high-energy concerts. Pulsoptional creates and performs new experimental works for it's eclectic instrumentation, commissions new music by emerging American composers and maintains a repertoire of experimental 'classics' with an emphasis on the American experimental tradition. Pulsoptional has performed in music festivals, rock clubs, dance spaces and other non-traditional venues, as well as prestigious concert halls. Pulsoptional's commitment to performing in non-traditional venues has attracted audiences of diverse ages, ethnicities, and social and economic backgrounds. Pulsoptional is a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting high quality performances in the Triangle area and beyond, especially music by young and/or lesser-known composers. By charging no more than $8/ticket, Pulsoptional remains accessible to audiences. Pulsoptional has offered performance residencies at the North Carolina School of Science and Math, Greensboro College, Tufts University, and Duke University. The group has received grants and awards from The Alliance for Improvised Music, The American Music Center's Henry Cowell Performance Incentive, The Durham Arts Council, The Duke Institute of the Arts, The Duke University Department of Theater Studies, and Duke University's Graduate Student and Professional Committee.
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