Michael Calabris (b. 1984) is a Northeast Ohio-based composer. His compositions include electronic/computer-realized works, scores for Silent Era films, podcast music, compositions for solo instruments, and liturgical and chamber works.
Calabris’s solo keyboard compositions – particularly, his organ music – have been heard in recitals and religious services throughout North America and Europe. Notable performers of these works include Carson Cooman, David von Behren, and Francis Knights.
A lover of early cinema since childhood, Calabris has composed and recorded over twenty scores for Silent Era films. These scores include three full orchestral scores (Frankenstein, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, and The Cat and the Canary), scores consisting of mostly analog/analog-like synthesizers (A Trip to the Moon), and scores that combine rock/pop music with elements of musique concrète (The Alchemist Parafaragaramus, L’Iris fantastique).
To date, Calabris has released over twenty albums of his own music. Instantly recognizable for their distinctive artwork and design, the digital packaging of these albums – with front and back cover artwork, and PDF liner notes – provides the listener with a multi-sensory experience.
In addition to releasing recordings of his own music, Calabris has collaborated with other composers. Notable among these collaborations is his premiere recording of Carson Cooman’s 2022 avant-garde electronic composition, Night Paths.
Along with his work as a composer, Calabris is a professional organist. He currently serves as organist at Dueber Church, in Canton, Ohio, and as the official organist for Canton Lodge #60, F&AM, at the beautiful Canton Masonic Temple.
Website artwork and design by Michael Calabris
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