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    DAVID VAN TIEGHEM is a composer, sound designer and percussionist in New York, and is the recipient of a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship for Music Composition.  He has worked as a percussionist with Steve Reich, Laurie Anderson, Robert Ashley, Brian Eno, David Byrne, Arthur Russell, Talking Heads, Duran Duran, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Nona Hendryx, Merce Cunningham, Bill Laswell, Tony Williams, Lenny Pickett, Michael Nyman, and Peter Gordon.  He has performed his solo percussion-theater work throughout the USA, Europe and Japan in venues including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, BAM, the Knitting Factory, the Kitchen, Town Hall, Jacob’s Pillow, the Exploratorium, the Whitney and Guggenheim Museums, the New Music America Festivals, the Festival D’Automne in Paris, the Venice Biennale, and on "Late Night with David Letterman.  "Van Tieghem has created original music and sound design for over 100 Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning plays DOUBT, WIT and HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, as well as THE GIN GAME, THE NORMAL HEART, THE LYONS, INHERIT THE WIND, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS, JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG, FROZEN, THE GOOD BODY, RECKLESS, THREE DAYS OF RAIN, THE GREY ZONE, and CROWBAR."  His video collaboration with John Sanborn, “Ear to the Ground,” wherein he literally “plays” the streets of New York as if they were a musical instrument, has become an international favorite.  He has composed dance scores for Twyla Tharp, Elizabeth Streb, Michael Moshen, Doug Varone, Elisa Monte, the Boston Ballet, and the Pennsylvania Ballet, as well as numerous film and television soundtracks.