Concordia Live and
Interactive Electroacoustic
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A one day colloquium focusing on issues surrounding the marriage between electroacoustics and the performing and media arts. Topics may include interdisciplinary collaboration, artistic and technological innovation, comprovisation, audience interactivity, human-machine interface, aural and visual perception, laptop orchestras/ensembles, stage techniques, related education and pedagogy, social and cultural contexts, and others.

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Saturday March 26th


'Dude Descending a Staircase' (2011) - Neil Rolnick and Bob Gluck

'Faith' for piano and computer (2009/2010) - Neil Rolnick

'Waking the Sleeping Giant' (2008) after the Sleeping Giant suite (Herbie Hancock, 1972) - Bob Gluck

-Performers: Bob Gluck (piano and computer) and Neil Rolnick (computer)

- Intermission -

Improvisational Performance using the Eighth Nerve Extended Guitar System - Thomas Ciufo

Deux Regards for cello and electronics - Min Kyu Kim

-Performer: Philippe Mius d'Entremont

An electroacoustic improvised performance with gestural control - Adam Basanta

Water Birds for clarinets, computer music and infra-red sensor system - Rebecca Danard and Mara Helmuth

An excerpt from Frankenstein - Liselyn Adams

-Performers: Liselyn Adams (flutes), Pamela Reimer (piano), Navid Navab (live sound environment), and Jérôme Delapierre (live video and responsive visuals)

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Concordia Music Department
MB Building, 8th Floor
1450 Rue Guy
Montreal, QC H3H 0A1

Keynote speakers / Guest artists:

Bob Gluck
Bob Gluck at the piano   Bob Gluck is pianist whose repertoire spans jazz, live electronic music, and avant-garde concert music. Karl Ackermann (All About Jazz), wrote of the latest of Gluck’s five recordings: “As a composer and player, Gluck ranks with the likes of Andrew Hill and Cecil Taylor… Something Quiet is completely original, artistically spontaneous, and intellectually challenging.” Allan Kozinn (New York Times) wrote that Gluck is “an accomplished jazz pianist” who played with “virtuosic fluidity.” Keyboard magazine named him June 2009 “Unsigned Artist of the Month.”

Gluck’s current musical collaborators include saxophonists Joe Giardullo and Ras Moshe, bassists Christopher Dean Sullivan and Michael Bisio, drummer Dean Sharp, and computer musician/composer Neil Rolnick.

Raised in New York as a conservatory student and political activist, Gluck spent many years away from music, leading a life as a rabbi. Bob Gluck’s return to composing electronic music in 1995 and to the piano in 2005 marked a new beginning in his unusual career as a musician, educator, and writer. With influences as diverse as Herbie Hancock, Jimi Hendrix, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, and Karlheinz Stockhausen, Gluck has discovered a way to marry interests in electronic music with his love of jazz. Gluck designs his own software interfaces for interactive musical performance and multimedia installation, including the sound installations 'Layered Histories' (2004), an immersive sound and video environment with Cynthia Rubin and 'Sounds of a Community' (2002), in which visitors trigger and shape recorded sounds by interacting with electronic musical sculptures.

Gluck's musical training is from the Julliard, Manhattan, and Crane schools of Music, the State University of New York at Albany (BA, 1977) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (MFA, 2001). His music has been performed internationally. His writings have appeared in Computer Music Journal, Leonardo Music Journal, Leonardo, Organized Sound, Tav +, Journal SEAMUS, Review Zaman (France), Magham (Iran), Ideas Sonicas (Mexico), and elsewhere. He is author of “You’ll Know When You Get There: Herbie Hancock and the Mwandishi Band” (forthcoming, University of Chicago Press). Bob Gluck is Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Electronic Music Studio at The University at Albany. For texts, mp3s, information about his recordings, and documentation of his electronic music, see:

Neil B. Rolnick

Since he moved to New York City in 2002, Neil Rolnick’s music has received increasingly wide recognition and numerous performances both in the US and abroad. A pioneer in the use of computers in performance since the late 1970s, Rolnick often includes unexpected and unusual combinations of media in his work. He has performed around the world, and his music appears on 15 CD’s.

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Though much of Rolnick’s work has been in areas which connect music and technology, and is therefore considered in the realm of “experimental” music, his music has always been highly melodic and accessible. Whether working with electronic sounds, improvisation, or multimedia, his music has been characterized by critics as “sophisticated,” “hummable and engaging,” and as having “good senses of showmanship and humor.”

In the first half of 2010 Rolnick’s performances included concerts in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Vienna and New York. He completed 50 Fugue and Numb, both part of the extended media performance MONO, which will be premiered in 2012. He was awarded the Hoefer Prize from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, which includes a commission for large ensemble, and an artist residency at the Conservatory in 2012. He also received a 2010 NY Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and residencies at the MacDowell Colony and the Ucross Foundation. In January 2011 Innova Recordings will release his 16th CD, Extended Family.

In 2009 Rolnick completed Extended Family for string quartet, and is currently at work on MONO, a multi media performance piece. Innova Recordings released The Economic Engine in 2009, which was cited as one of the year’s outstanding classical CDs in the New York Times.

Rolnick teaches at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, where he was founding director of the iEAR Studios.

CLIEC-2011 Organizers:

Eldad Tsabary (co-director)

Eldad Tsabary is a composer, professor, and event organizer. His music is released on Confluencias, ERMMedia, Capstone, NAISA, Musicworks, ElektraMusic, Vibrö, VoxNovus, and JAZZIS, and published by Editions BIM. His works won prizes and mentions in WPA and Kraft Media prize, Miniaturas Electroacústicas, NAISA/CBC, Bourges, Madrid Abierto, ZKM, Harbourfront, and others. Performers of his music include the Bulgarian Philharmonic, Cygnus Ensemble, and Haim Avitsur. Eldad teaches live electroacoustics, aural perception, and music technology at Concordia and Musitechnic. He is the director of Canadian 60x60 and treasurer of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community. Recent artistic highlights include interreligious compositions and telematic performances.

Ricardo Dal Farra (co-director)

Dr. Ricardo Dal Farra is Associate Professor and Chair of the Music Department at Concordia.
He has been serving as national Coordinator of the Multimedia Communication program at the National Ministry of Education in Argentina; Coordinator of the DOCAM research alliance, and Research/Creation Coordinator of the Hexagram consortium in Canada. He has also been consultant and researcher at The Daniel Langlois Foundation in Montreal and UNESCO's Digi-Arts initiative in France.
Dal Farra's new media works (including interdisciplinary performances, electroacoustic pieces, installations, etc.) have been presented in over 40 countries. His music is featured in 18 international recordings.

Paul Scriver (collaborator)

Paul Scriver is an improvising musician, composer and sound artist. Much of his work addresses the disconnect between our contemporary human existence and the natural world.
With assistance from the Canada Council for the arts, he is currently developing a large-scale audio installation that will bring human beings into the aural world of submarine life forms.
Paul teaches audio production, sound design and electronic music composition at Concordia and Champlain College.

CLIEC 2011 - Saturday, March 26th 2011
Concordia University - Montreal, Canada