pulsoptional, the band of composers, is internationally renowned for its engaging, adventurous, high-energy performances. With a hybrid rock-classical instrumentation, an aesthetic that transcends genre and resists easy classification, and a reputation for daring but polished programming, this collective of composer/performers has cultivated a broad and enthusiastic audience of listeners attracted to innovative yet accessible new art.
pulsoptional has offered performance and composition residencies at the North Carolina School of Science and Math, Adelphi University, Greensboro College, Tufts University, Lawrence University, East Carolina University, Indiana University South Bend and Duke University. Hailed by Trianglerock.com as “one of the best local releases of 2007, regardless of genre,” pulsoptional’s debut self-titled CD has been featured on WNYC’s New Sounds hosted by John Schaefer. The group has received grants and awards from The Independent Weekly, The Alliance for Improvised Music, The American Music Center’s Henry Cowell Performance Incentive, The Durham Arts Council, The North Carolina Arts Council, The Duke University Department of Theater Studies and The Duke Institute of the Arts.