William Catanzaro is a composer and multi-instrumentalist based in New York. Since arriving from his native Buenos Aires in 1989, Mr. Catanzaro has composed musical scores for renowned choreographers such as Anna Sokolow, Steve Paxton, Viola Farber, and Milton Myers. His work has been presented nationally and internationally with the New Danish Dance Theater, TanzFabrik Berlin, Amsterdam Theatreschool, Cyprus Festival, Teatro San Martin, The Ailey School, Philadanco, Player's Project, Dallas Black Theater and more.
Mr. Catanzaro is the Composer and Conductor of MinM Musicians in Masques and Artistic Director of SOULSKIN Performing Arts Group. He has worked as an accompanist and taught music for dancers at The Julliard School, Marymount Manhattan College, Limon School, Graham School, and New York University. Currently he is on the faculty at The Alvin Ailey School, Sarah Lawrence College and Steps on Broadway and is the Music Director of the Young Dancemakers Company.
His CD - Percussion Works - is the result of several years of close collaboration with choreographer Milton Myers. Here he mixes musical forms and instruments of many different cultures including Brazilian samba, Argentinean zamba, Uruguayan candombe, Cuban, West African, and Middle Eastern rhythms to create a "Unique tapestry of percussion. The powerful rhythmic textures generate an energy that charges the dancers with vitality and force.
Modern Dancers might consider using the pieces on this CD for long extended combinations or across the floor classwork!
Evolution Suites - in collaboration with Victor Y. See Yuen is a " potpourri of Afro, World, Caribbean and Blues, with contemporary and Jazz roots"
Percussion in the Dance Technique of Lester Horton - in collaboration with Victor Y. See Yuen is a dance class CD with a 16 page booklet including 15 Horton exercises by Ana Marie Forsythe
He has the following CDs available: