About

I have included several different biographies on this page, of under 30, 150, and 250 words each. Each successively longer biography expands on things mentioned in the previous one, so the third has the most extensive information. The first, however, remains an apt and succinct summary. I’ve also included at the end an informal, first-person, not-at-all-serious biography that contains neither any falsehood nor accuracy in it whatsoever. (updated 2014 12 25)

 

 

Short (30 words)

Frank S. Li is a composer, writer, and cartographer. He composes music with interesting words, writes poems with interesting rhythms, and makes maps that exist.

For more: http://www.franksli.com

 

 

Medium (150 words)

Frank S. Li is a composer, writer, and cartographer. He holds a B.A. in Music Composition and Urban Planning from the University of California, San Diego, an M.F.A. in Composition and Theory from Brandeis University, and works professionally in GIS (geographic information systems). His primary composition mentors include David Rakowski, Eric Chasalow, Lei Liang, and Philippe Manoury.

Frank’s music is eclectic and still ever-changing. He is currently interested in sociopolitical issues, just intonation, eclecticism, and theater, but his past work has explored themes like unreliable narrative and imperfect patterns. His background reflects this well; though beginning as a violinist, he has also since performed as an instrumentalist, vocalist, actor, and conductor in contexts ranging from drum corps to klezmer bands. He is also an author who writes poetry and fiction.

Frank occasionally drinks tea while sitting under trees or next to oceans, and even more occasionally sleeps.

For more: http://www.franksli.com

 

At the top of Vernal Falls in Yosemite

At the top of Vernal Falls in Yosemite.
photography by Eugene Joseph

 

Long (250 words)

Frank S. Li is a composer, writer, and cartographer. He holds a B.A. In Music Composition and Urban Planning from the University of California, San Diego, an M.F.A. in Composition and Theory from Brandeis University, and works professionally in GIS (geographic information systems). His primary composition teachers include David Rakowski, Eric Chasalow, Lei Liang, and Philippe Manoury.

Frank’s music is eclectic and still ever-changing. He is currently interested in sociopolitical issues, just intonation, eclecticism, and theater, but his past work has explored such varied themes as unreliable narrative, imperfect patterns, and meditation. His background reflects this well; though beginning as a classical violinist, he has also since performed as an instrumentalist, vocalist, actor, and conductor in contexts ranging from drum corps to klezmer bands.

Frank is also an aspiring author who writes poetry and fiction. This work predates his music and explores many of the same themes. He has studied poetry with Elizabeth Bradfield and Olga Broumas, and is currently working on both his a full-length novel and a collection of poetry.

Generally agreed by others to have no knowledge of his own limits, Frank has what could charitably be called “too many interests”. He spends his free time with military and political theory, astronomy, modern art, ancient world history, computer programming, data analysis, mythology, graphic design, and hoping his plants won’t die this time. He also occasionally drinks tea while sitting under trees or next to oceans, and even more occasionally sleeps.

For more: http://www.franksli.com

 

2013 05 14 left coast sfc premiere picture rapido

with the other Rapido! West Coast Semifinalists and the  Left Coast Chamber Ensemble
(L to R, Durwynne Hsieh, Leanna Primiani, a poster of the LCCE members, Frank S. Li)
photography by Jeannette Yu

Informal/Humor (500 words)

I’m Frank, and I write music and words for kicks and make maps for food. If I decided to write music and words for food instead, I’d probably just move to Iceland and ride horses all day.

I hold an M.F.A. from Brandeis and graduated from UC San Diego with a B.A. in Music (Composition focus) and Urban Studies and Planning. This is listed on my diploma as “Urban Studies and Planning and Music”, which makes it sound like I had a third major of making sure I could juggle the other two.

As an artist, I compose music that has been described by my mother as “devoid of melody/musicality”, write poetry that has been described by my mother as “confusing”, and create digital paintings that have been described by my mother as “pretty good”. Because the meanings of my titles are so important to the meaning of the work itself, I come up with them years ahead of time and attach them to projects in the order they are completed. Recently added to the list of titles: “Colossally Ostentatious”, “Symphony no. 9”, and “…and”.

The music tends to have a terrible sense of meter and harmonies derived from what sounded nice when I randomly splayed my hands onto a piano. If it’s electronic music, expect to hear cows and me making weird sounds.

The poetry is pretty cool, if you find imagery-heavy abstraction, schizophrenia, irony, idiocy, or cows to be pretty cool.

The art is amazing. My first art assignment ever was to draw in pencil one hundred eggs in various positions and lights. I got to about six before deciding computer art was easier. My artistic skills have decreased steadily ever since – a sure sign of a great artist. The only thing missing is more cows.

My music has garnered performances, awards, accolades, and rave reviews from all kinds of important and famous people and institutions, most notably the Some-Rich-Guy’s-Last-Name Award. I mean, wow. It’s all highly impressive. You, my friend, definitely consider one of these people to be the genius of my generation and three others to be talent-less hacks. I’ve also studied with [famous composer], [famous poet], [name you've never heard of], and my grandfather. ‘scool, we tight, be jelly. If I asked for a reference, they would all say “of course Frank, I’d love to!” or “wait, who are you?”.

My dream job is to eat ice cream and write funny tweets to (not for) The POTUS. I am definitely not addicted to coffee, so don’t you dare take it away from me. The most important opinions are those about toothpaste, mugs, chopsticks, Jean-Luc Picard, the Mercator projection, and socks.

For more: http://www.franksli.com

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