Presenting international works across the spectrum of electronic music, this concert highlights selections from this year’s eighth annual AKOUSMA festival in Montréal. Pierre-Yves Macé (France), France Jobin (Canada), Horacio Vaggione (France/Argentina), and Louis Dufort (Canada) will be interpreting their works live over a 16-speaker system surrounding the audience.
AKOUSMA is produced by Réseaux, a composer-run organization dedicated to presenting and commissioning electroacoustic music since 1991. Montréal is the North American hub for electronic music, offering a wide range of festivals spanning dance music, acoustics research, and everything in between.
Matério_** (2006) – US premiere
Matério_*** (2007) – US premiere
Miniatures (2010–…) except
Valence of one (2011) – US premiere
France Jobin, aka i8u, is a Montréal-based sound/installation/web artist and curator. Jobin's audio art can be qualified as “sound-sculpture,” and her installation/web art incorporates both musical and visual elements.
France Jobin has created solo recordings for ROOM40, NVO, and Bake/Staalplaat, among others, and has had many collaborations, including with Goem, Martin Tétreault, David Kristian, and Tomas Phillips.
She has participated in web work/installations in Québec and Toronto, and in various music and new technology festivals in Canada, Europe, and the United States, including Silophone, MUTEK, Le Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville, Ver Uit de Maat, send + receive, Les Digitales, Club Transmediale, velak, Shut up and Listen!, ISEA2010 RUHR, and immersound, as well as a soundtrack with Bubblyfish for the film Swordswoman of Huangjiang (Huangjiang Nuxia), presented at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
Her latest endeavor, immersound, is a concert event/philosophy that proposes to create a dedicated listening environment by focusing on the physical comfort of the audience through a specifically designed space. The premise is to explore new perceptions and experiences of the listening process by pushing the notion of “immersion” to its possible limits. The first immersound was produced in February 2011 at the OBORO gallery in Montréal.
Jobin's work continues to evolve as technologies enable her to create in new environments.
Montréal composer Louis Dufort's music ranges from a cathartic form of expressionism to a focus on the inner structure of sound matter.
Dufort developed his style through electroacoustic music, and then turned his attention to mixed music and multimedia art, and has worked with a wide range of organizations, including the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ), the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal (ECM), the Quasar saxophone quartet and Bozzini string quartet, the Ensemble de flûtes Alizé, Réseaux, the Quebec Association for Creation and Research in Electroacoustics (ACREQ), and Chants Libres, for which he wrote the music for the 2005 opera, L’Archange
In 2007, Dufort was commissioned by Société Radio‐Canada (SRC) and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) to make a video and acousmatic remix of Glenn Gould's recordings for the pianist 75th birthday.
In 2001, Dufort received a mention from Prix Ars Electronica (Austria); in 2005, he was invited to work at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM) in Germany, and in 2007, he was a guest of Recombinant Media Labs (RML) in San Francisco. He has worked with choreographer Marie Chouinard since1996, and their collaborations have been regularly acclaimed, including Body_Remix, which premiered at the Venice Biennial in 2005.
Dufort teaches at Montréal's Music Conservatory. He was named artistic director of Réseaux in 2010, and he begins his first season with a concert at EMPAC.
Pierre-Yves Macé is a French musician whose musical practice encompasses improvisation on machines, a background in piano and classical percussion, jazz-rock/prog-rock bands, dance accompaniments, and an interest in literature and musicology. He received his PhD in musicology in 2009, which explored phonography and the “sound document” in contemporary music. His first recording, Faux-Jumeaux, was released on John Zorn’s Tzadik label in 2002. Subsequently, he released Circulations (Sub Rosa, 2005), and Crash_Test II (Tensional Integrity) (Orkhêstra, 2006) for a string quartet. He has held residencies at CalArts in Los Angeles, CNMAT in Berkeley (2004), and GRM in Paris (2006, 2008). Macé has performed in the Octobre Festival in Normandie, MIMI, Villette Sonique, Brocoli, Transnumériques, and Présences électronique. His artistic collaborations include projects with ON (Sylvain Chauveau & Steven Hess), That Summer, Louisville, artist Hippolyte Hentgen, and writers Mathieu Larnaudie, Philippe Vasset, and Christophe Fiat. He is also a member of the Encyclopédie de la parole, a speech encyclopedia crew whose goal is to constitute a compositional plan through which different forms of recorded speeches may be compared.
Horacio Vaggione is an Argentinian-born electroacoustic and musique concrète composer who specializes in micromontage, granular synthesis, and microsound, and whose pieces often are for performer and computer‐generated tape. He studied composition at the National University in Córdoba and the University of Illinois, where he first gained exposure and access to computers.
Vaggione visited every electronic studio in Europe during the 1970s. From 1969 to 1973 he lived in Madrid, Spain, where he was part of the ALEA group. He also co‐founded an electronic studio and music and computer projects at the Autonomous University of Madrid with Luis de Pablo. In 1978, he moved to France, where he still resides, and begin work at GMEB in Bourges, INA‐GRM and IRCAM in Paris, where his music moved from synthesized and sampled loops (as in La Maquina de Cantar, produced on an IBM computer) toward micromontage. Since 1994, he has been a professor of music at the University of Paris VIII, where he organized the Centre de recherche Informatique et Création Musicale (CICM).