Composer & Percussionist

Biography

Kunal Gala is a composer and percussionist. His musical output includes orchestral, chamber, choral, solo, electronic, and dance music. His work is often taken from a humanitarian or natural lens, exploring the sonic properties of resonance, speech, inflection, pressure, pure noise, and especially sonic bridges: those marvelously interesting canyons of space in-between two other definite or seemingly discreet sounds. Previous to his matriculation at Berklee College of Music he studied Hindustani Classical Music for ten years which deeply informs his musical interests.

He graduated from Berklee as the recipient of the John Bavichhi and Vuk Kulenovic memorial prizes. His choral piece ma won the Rachel Moore Contest (2017) and the Da Camera Contest (2018). He has worked with violinist Lilit Hartunian, percussionist Adam Vidiksis, Ensemble Signal, and New Thread Sax Quartet, and received readings from JACK, Mivos, Argus, PUBLI string quartets, and Sound Icon. His composition mentors include Derek Bermel, Richard Carrick, and Andrew List.

Gala studied marimba with Nancy Zeltsman and is a founding member of neither/nor a new music ensemble focused on contemporary improvisation. His percussion music includes 4Metal (2019), a visceral experience of four dancers accompanied by five percussionists playing ten cymbals of varying size and timbre, and Resonance, Inflection and an old pond in Brunswick (2021) a percussion quartet Gala performed in.

He studied conducting with Francisco Noya. During the pandemic he served as conductor at the Scoring Sessions Program, a string orchestra dedicated to recording student film scoring projects. He rehearsed and conducted his Sinfonia (2020) for chamber orchestra performed by the Berklee Composer's Sinfonietta.

Kunal was born in 1998 and grew up in North Andover, Massachusetts. His hobbies include skiing and web design.