2017 Elektro Arts Program

Friday, May 12, 19:00

Sala Studio a Academiei de Muzică "Gheorghe Dima"
Strada Ion I.C. Brătianu, nr. 25

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Diverse Dimensions

Panayiotis Kokoras (Greece/USA)Sense (2014)
Ana Dall’Ara-Majek (Canada)Bacillus Chorus (2016)
Clemens von Reusner (Germany)Definierte Lastbedingung (2016)
Daniel Blinkhorn (Australia)frostbYte - redsound (2013)
Francis Dhomont (France)Phœnix XXI (2016)
Gilles Gobeil (Canada)Des temps oubliés (2012)

Artistic and Choreographic Direction: Nicoleta Demian

Visual Conception: Diana Drăgan-Chirilă

Saturday, May 13, 18:00

Urania Palace
Strada Horea, nr. 4

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Dennis Deovides Reyes III (Philippines)The Dockyard (2016)
Laurenţiu Beldean (Romania)Terraforming I (2017) - World Premiere
Guillaume Dujat (UK)Naufrage (2015)
Rodney Waschka II (USA)MAYDAY: Requiem for Those Lost at Sea (2015)
Paolo Pastorino (Italy)Matérica (2017) - World Premiere
Mei-Fang Lin (Taiwan)Entre le son et la lumière (2015)

Visual Conception: Diana Drăgan-Chirilă

Artist Biographies

Daniel Blinkhorn

Daniel Blinkhorn is an Australian composer, sound and new media artist currently residing in Sydney. He has worked in a variety of creative, academic, research and teaching contexts, and is currently lecturer in composition and music technology at the Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney. He is also an ardent location field recordist, where he has embarked upon a growing number of recording expeditions throughout Africa, Alaska, Amazon, West Indies and Cuba, Northern Europe, Middle East, Mexico, Australia and the high Arctic/ North Pole region of Svalbard.

His creative works have received various international and national composition citations. He is self-taught in electroacoustic composition, however has formally studied composition and the creative arts at a number of Australian universities including the College of Fine Arts - UNSW and the Faculty of Creative Arts, UOW where his doctoral degree in creative arts was recommended for special commendation. Other degrees include a BMus (hons), MMus, and a MA(r).

Ana Dall’Ara-Majek

Ana Dall’Ara-Majek is a composer, sound artist and researcher living in Montreal. She’s been investigating the interaction between instrumental, electroacoustic and computational thinking in composition. She received in 2016 a Doctor of Music degree in composition from University of Montreal, where she also taught several courses in Digital Music.

Her works have been performed in various international festivals such as: Sound in Space (USA), Multiphonies GRM (France), L’Espace du Son (Belgium), Sincrónic (Spain), Sound Travels (Canada), MANCA (France), NYCEMF (USA), The Engine Room (UK), Akousma (Quebec); and commissioned by Musiques et Recherches, Studio für elektroakustische Musik, Taller Sonoro, Densité 93, Musicalta and Distractfold.

Her artistic collaborations are numerous as a composer, Foley artist and laptop musician. Recently, she worked with saxophonist Ida Toninato (duo Jane/KIN), dancer Jason Shipley-Holmes (Inside_Dream), choreographer François Raffinot (Laborintus), filmmaker Patrick Lapierre (Cosmos will save the world), and also chamber ensembles such as: Percussions de Strasbourg, Sixtrum, Lunatics at Large, and TM+ among others. In 2014 she released Air, her first solo album of mixed-works, edited by Kohlenstoff Records. She also wrote papers on electroacoustic analysis with the Acousmographe published in the eOrema Journal and the latest Bayle’s DVD-book: Son Vitesse-Lumière (2016).

Nicoleta Demian

Specialist in ballet and contemporary dance, Nicoleta Demian is currently a coach and lecturer in Dance Stylistics, Repertory Technique and Methodology, and Dance Pedagogy at the “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy.

After college graduation in 1985, she became a ballerina at the Romanian Opera House in Cluj-Napoca. Between 1990 and 2010 she had been a ballet teacher at the High School of Choreography and Performing Arts Cluj-Napoca, and continued to develop her professional skills at the Faculty of Letters and Music Academy. She was awarded a First Degree in Dance Teaching and PhD in Choreology degrees. Her career was also developed by attending workshops and dance teaching seminars with Pal Frenak (France), Monique Loudiere (Switzerland), Nyakas Laszlo and Anna Wehsarg (Germany), Michail Tchoupakov (USA).

Nicoleta Demian published articles and studies about dance, performance analysis, and ballet technique and teaching in conferences and books during 1992-2017. She has been invited in several jury panels of national ballet competitions and has taught ballet master-classes in Romania and abroad, in Austria, Denmark, and Italy.

From 2012 she has been credited for providing choreography for the Dance Vision Ensemble, made up of students from the Music Academy’s Musical Performing Arts Department. For her artistic and teaching achievements she was awarded twice a Special Prize for Activity in Dance teaching, performing and research by the Romanian Ministry of Education and Research in 2008 and 2010.

Francis Dhomont

French and Canadian composer, Francis Dhomont was born in Paris, 1926. Convinced of the originality of acousmatic art, his production is, since 1960, exclusively made of tape works. During 26 years, he shared his activity between France and Quebec.

The University of Montreal granted him an honorary title of Doctor Honoris Causa, where he taught Electroacoustic Composition from 1980 to 1996. In 1997, he was a guest of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Berlin. His work has won many international awards including the Grand Prix GigaHetz 2013, Qwartz Music Awards 2012, Prize of SACEM (France) 2007, Prix Ars Electronica 1992, Magisterium Prize Bourges 1988. The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec has awarded him a prestigious career grant. His works where selected for the World New Music Days, and ICMC.

He is a Founding Member (1986) and Honorary Member (1989) of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC). He is the president of the collective Les Acousmonautes in Marseille (France) and Ehrenpatron (honour patron) of the organization Klang Projekte Weimar (Germany).

Francis Dhomont now lives in Avignon, France, focused on composition and theory.

Gilles Gobeil

After studies in music theory, Gilles Gobeil completed his Master’s in composition at Université de Montréal. Since 1985 he has concentrated on the creation of acousmatic and mixed works. His compositions approach what is known as “cinéma pour l’oreille” (cinema for the ear); many of them are inspired by literary works and seek to “visualize” them through the medium of sound.

Winner of numerous prizes in Canada and abroad, Gobeil has been Composer-in-Residence at The Banff Centre, Bourges, GRM, Hochschule Franz Liszt, ZKM and was Guest Composer of the DAAD’s Artists-in-Berlin Programme in 2008. Gobeil is currently a professor of music technology at Drummondville CEGEP, and has been Guest Professor of electroacoustics at the Université de Montréal and at the Montréal Conservatory. He is a member of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC) and co-founder of Réseaux, an association dedicated to the production of Media Art events.

Panayiotis Kokoras

Panayiotis Kokoras is an internationally award-winning composer and computer music innovator, and currently an Associate Professor of composition at the University of North Texas. Born in Greece, he studied classical guitar and composition in Athens, and York, England; he taught for many years at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki.

Panayiotis Kokoras's sound compositions use timbre as the main element of form. His concept of "holophony" describes his goal that each independent sound (phonos), contributes equally into the synthesis of the total (holos). In both instrumental and electroacoustic writing, his music calls upon a "virtuosity of sound," emphasizing the precise production of variable sound possibilities and the correct distinction between one timbre and another to convey the musical ideas and structure of the piece.

His compositional output is also informed by musical research in Music Information Retrieval compositional strategies, Extended techniques, Tactile sound, Detuned Systems, Robotics, Sound and Consciousness.

Clemens von Reusner

Clemens von Reusner (b. 1957) is a composer and soundartist based in Germany, who is focused on acousmatic music. He studied musicology and music education, drums with Abbey Rader and Peter Giger.

Since the end of the 1970s he has been engaged in electroacoustic music, radio plays and soundscape compositions. At the end of the 1980s he contributed to the development of the KANDINSKY MUSIC PAINTER software. He is a member of the German Composers Society (DKV), and German Society For Electroacoustic Music (DEGEM).

His compositions have been broadcasted and performed at numerous national and international festivals in Americas, Asia, Europe, i.a.: Musica Nova 2009, Prague; Seoul International Computer Music Festival 2010/2014, Seoul; International Csound Conference 2011, Hannover; International Computer Music Conference 2012/2013/2015/2016; Noise Floor Festival 2010/2011/2015, Stafford (UK); ISCM World New Music Days 2011, Zagreb; Opus Medium Project 2011, Tokyo; Aaron Copland School of Music 2011, New York; EMUFest 2012/2013/2015, Rome, Italy; Electro Arts Festival 2013, Cluj Romania; Network Music Festival 2013, Birmingham; ZKM Karlsruhe, 2014; Linux Audio Conference 2014/2015; ICMC 2015 Denton, Texas USA; Auricle Sonic Arts 2015, New Zealand; Concierto Octofonico, Montevideo, Uruguay 2013/2015; Festival KONTAKTE, Academy of the Arts, Berlin, 2015; New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival 2014/2015/2016; International Csound Conference 2015, St. Petersburg, Russia; ICMC 2016, Utrecht, Netherlands.

Artist Biographies

Laurenţiu Beldean

Laurenţiu Beldean studied composition in Bucharest, then in München and Salzburg. He is full member of the Union of Composers and Musicologists in Bucharest (since 2009), at the Union of Composers in Vienna ([ÖGZM & ÖKB] since 2007), member of the Music-theory Society in Chicago-Illinois (2015). "The INMC Composition Award" was his first recognition, by the International Music Consortium, New York (2001). His compositions were performed in festivals and concerts such as The International Festival for the New Music and Meridian in Bucharest, Ebensee Festival – Germany, Musica Coronensis Festival – Brasov/Kronstadt.

As PhD lecturer at the Transylvania University, Music Department in Brasov, he teaches Music and Language, Experimental Music Theory, New Methods of Analysis. His first PhD was awarded by The National University of Music Bucharest (2009) and the second one is developed at the University of Vienna (the completion date expected, 2017). Beldean is researcher of the aesthetics of Avant-gardes; thus he was invited in Berlin (University of Arts) for studying in deph the Structuralism arose in the Darmstadt School. He held lectures about contemporary art, theatre, about his compositions: in Bucharest, Vienna, Graz, Antwerp, Berlin, Oldenburg, Bratislava, Budapest. He published studies, articles, articulating continually this ideological spectrum.

Diana Drăgan-Chirilă

Diana Drăgan-Chirilă is a visual artist, and lecturer at the University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca, where she has been awarded a PhD degree. She earned her master’s degree in Milan, Italy at Scuola Politecnica di Design.

Diana works in various professional fields, and currently is focused on graphic and web design. She expresses herself creatively in photography, experimental photography / mixed media, digital imaging, experimental / interactive video, animation. Her visual art has been presented at several national and international art events, exhibitions, biennials, and film and animation festivals.

Guillaume Dujat

Guillaume Dujat (b.1993) is a sound artist & electroacoustic composer currently living in the UK (Manchester). His interests are in field recording, sound design & multichannel audio. A French national raised in Beijing, Guillaume is currently doing his PhD at the University of Manchester. His current compositional interests lie with extracting movement and gestures from field recordings applying them to studio compositions.

In recent years (since 2015) Guillaume has premiered three pieces at the MANTIS Electroacoustic & Sound-art festival on a 48 channel diffusion sound-system. Performed with members of the Halle orchestra in a live gamelan/classical/electronic expose.

Some of his commissions include a bespoke 8 channel piece for the Manchester Central Library reading room, and an archive based piece (&performance) for the Peoples History Museum. His latest residency was with Grammy winning artist Imogen Heap, exploring block-chain technologies and the sounds surrounding the 'life of a song'. This resulted in performances for events curated by Jason Singh exploring objects.

Mei-Fang Lin

Mei-Fang Lin is currently an Associate Professor of Composition at the Texas Tech University. Lin received her Ph.D. in composition from the University of California at Berkeley and her master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she also taught as Visiting Assistant Professor of Composition from 2007-2009.

From 2002-2005, she lived in France and studied composition with composer Philippe Leroux and participated in the one-year computer music course “Cursus de Composition” at IRCAM in Paris on a Frank Huntington Beebe Fellowship and Berkeley’s George Ladd Paris Prize.

Lin’s music has won awards and honors from the Città di Udine International Composition Competition, Musica Domani International Competition, American Composers Forum, Seoul International Competition for Composers, Fifth House Ensemble Composer Competition, Bourges Competition, Look & Listen Festival, Pierre Schaeffer Competition, SCI/ASCAP Student Commission Competition, Luigi Russolo Competition, Prix SCRIME, NACUSA, Music Taipei Composition Competition. Her music has received performances and broadcasts internationally in over 30 countries in the world.

Paolo Pastorino

Paolo Pastorino (1983) is a guitarist, sound designer and composer. Since 2006 he starts to work as sound engineer for some Rock, Industrial and Nu-Metal bands. He studied and graduated in computer music and sound technology at the Conservatory of Sassari. Currently he is specializing in new music technologies at the Conservatory of Cagliari.

In his works, he uses electronic instruments and algorithms realized by software, as well as electronically elaborated traditional instruments and other concrete elements that exist in nature. His experience does not only regard traditional and electronic composing, but the implementation of control systems, developed on Max MSP, for live electronics and audio installations.

His works have been presented at San Francisco Tape Music Festival 2017 (USA), Mixtur 2017 (Barcelona), NWEAMO Festival (Tokyo), CIM (Cagliari), EMUFest (Rome), CIRMMT (Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (Montréal), 3ème Concours International de Composition pour un instrument acoustique et dispositive électronique (Bourges), Inter #6: experimental sound for loudspeakers (Glasgow), DronesTruck Como (Midway Parkway St. Paul, Minnesota), Galleria comunale d’arte di Cagliari, Festival Suona Italiano Suona Francese 2015 (Sassari).

Dennis Deovides Reyes III

Grand prize winner of the 6th Sond-Ar’te composition competition and the recipient of the President’s Research in Diversity Award from the University of Illinois, Philippine composer Dennis Deovides Reyes III is one of the five composers from around the world to be invited by the University of London’s prestigious School of Oriental and Asian Studies to write a new electroacoustic piece for their annual Composer’s Conference and Festival. The event also invited Dennis to partake in the conference’s forum to discuss current compositional aesthetics and ideas. Dennis was selected by the University of Kent and the Vienna Acousmonium to diffuse his composition at the institution’s state of the art Sound-Image-Space Research Center, alongside notable electroacoustic composers, including Jonty Harrison and Denis Smalley.

His piece Motions of Maria Makiling was featured at the La Fabbrica del Vederes Concert on Homage to Norman McLaren in Venice, Italy, and the Staffordshire University’s NoiseFloor Conference and Festival in the UK.

Dennis’ piece, Bolgia, has been selected for performance in the prestigious 2015 Asian Composers League Conference and Festival. For four years, Dennis’ composition has been selected for performance by the Society of Electroacoustic Music in the United States for their annual festival and conference.

Dennis is a doctorate student from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, whose compositions find inspiration from Asian music to modern art, and Philippine tradition.

Rodney Waschka II

Rodney Waschka II is probably best known for his algorithmic compositions and his unusual operas such as Saint Ambrose and Sappho’s Breath.

His music has been called “astonishing” and “strikingly charismatic” by Paris Transatlantic Magazine, “a milestone in the repertoire” by Computer Music Journal, “fluent and entertaining” by Musical Opinion of London, and “oddly moving” by Journal Seamus.

His music is regularly performed and broadcast throughout the world with important performances since 2014 taking place in Athens, Sydney, San Francisco, New York City, Mexico City, Bucharest, Prague, Bristol, Birmingham, and many other locations. Twenty-three recordings of his compositions and performances appear on record labels based in the USA, Canada, Portugal, England, and Australia. Most recently, the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble released a recording of his piece, Au Revoir, Svetozar, for guzheng and string quartet.

Rodney Waschka studied at Brooklyn College, The Royal Conservatory of The Netherlands, and earned his doctorate at the University of North Texas. His teachers include Larry Austin, Robert Ashley, Paul Berg, Clarence Barlow, Konrad Boehmer, Thomas Clark, Charles Dodge, and George Lewis.

Dr. Waschka is Director and Professor of Arts Studies at North Carolina State University.