Dan Caputo (b. 1991) is a Los Angeles-based composer of instrumental and electronic music. His recent works explore the potential ways detailed aural textures and curious musical behaviors can elicit complex psychological responses. Caputo’s music is further interested in microvariation in repetitious contexts, perceptual extremes, and musical intertextuality.
A composition fellow at the inaugural Blackbird Creative Lab in 2017, Dan worked closely with members of renowned ensemble Eighth Blackbird and composition faculty Jennifer Higdon and Ted Hearne over the course of two weeks to bring his work Dream Mechanics to life. Caputo’s Liminal for orchestra, recipient of an honorable mention in the 2019 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, was selected for performance by the USC Thornton Symphony in the 2018 “New Music for Orchestra” competition.
Caputo’s composition awards include an honorable mention in the 2019 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards (Liminal for orchestra), the Hans J. Salter Endowed Music Award (Rictus for mixed ensemble), Peter David Faith Memorial Award in Composition (out of nothing for piano trio), a finalist placement in the 2017 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards (out of nothing), and two semi-finalist placements for the American Prize in Composition (2014 and 2016 Chamber Music – Student Division).
Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Caputo is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the University of Southern California and holds a B.M. from USC and an M.Mus. from the University of Texas at Austin. His mentors include composers Ted Hearne, Sean Friar, Donald Crockett, and Dan Welcher.