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.
Caputo’s Liminal for orchestra, recipient of an honorable mention in the 2019 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, was performed by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra as part of the 2019 NJSO Edward T. Cone Composition Institute with conductor Cristian Macelaru and Institute Director Steven Mackey. A composition fellow at the inaugural Blackbird Creative Lab in 2017, Caputo 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.
Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Caputo holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Southern California and has additionally earned a B.M. from USC and an M.Mus. from the University of Texas at Austin. Dan is currently on faculty at the USC Thornton School of Music as a Lecturer in the department of Composition / Theory and Analysis. His mentors include composers Ted Hearne, Sean Friar, and Donald Crockett.