Lee Hyla is a composer who writes works that deftly blend expressionistic, complex contemporary atonal idioms with elements of avant-garde jazz, rock and even punk. Lee Hyla was born in Niagara Falls, New York, and grew up in Greencastle, Indiana. Lee Hyla has written for numerous performers including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Kronos Quartet (with Allen Ginsberg), Speculum Musicae, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Lydian String Quartet, and Boston Musica Viva. Lee Hyla has received commissions from the Koussevitzky, Fromm, Barlow, and Naumburg Foundations, the Mary Flagler Carey Charitable Trust, Concert ArtistŐs Guild, three commissions from Chamber Music America and two Meet the Composer/ ReaderŐs Digest Consortium commissions. Lee Hyla has also been the recipient of the Stoeger Prize from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, a Guggenheim fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the Goddard Lieberson Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the St. Botolph Club Award, and the Rome Prize. Recent projects have included At Suma Beach (based on the Noh Play Matsukaze) for mezzo soprano and seven instruments, which was commissioned by the Japan Society of New York and premiered there by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in June of 2003; Amnesia Redux for Triple Helix which received its first performance at the Los Angeles County Museum in April of 2002; Detour Ahead for solo doublebass, commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group and performed by Dennis Trembly at the first concert of the Green Umbrella Series in the newly built Disney Hall in November, 2003; and a piece for House Blend, the resident ensemble of the Kitchen in New York, to be premiered in May, 2004. Lee Hyla's music has been recorded on Nonesuch, New World, Avant, Tzadik, and C.R.I., and is published exclusively by Carl Fischer. Trans, a new cd of his orchestral music, performed by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Gil Rose conductor, was released in February, 2004 on New World. In the Fall of 2004 Lee Hyla will be Resident Composer at the American Academy in Rome.