ALLAN BELL – Canadian Contemporary Classical Composer
Allan Gordon Bell was born in Calgary in 1953. He received a Master of Music degree from the University of Alberta where he studied with Violet Archer, Malcolm Forsyth, and Manus Sasonkin. He also did advanced studies in composition at the Banff Centre for the Arts where his teachers were Jean Coulthard, Bruce Mather, and Oskar Morawetz. He has created works for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, orchestra, band, and electroacoustic media as well as scores for contemporary dance productions and an opera. His music has been performed by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Orford String Quartet, eighth blackbird, the ensembles of Toronto New Music Concerts, Arraymusic, Soundstreams Canada, the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec, New Works Calgary and Lands End Chamber Society as well as many other professional and amateur organizations in North America, Europe and Asia.
Bell is Professor of Music at the University of Calgary. From 1984 to 1988 and from 2006 to 2010, he served as President of the National Board of the Canadian Music Centre. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Member of the Order of Canada.
PETER ABLINGER – Austrian Composer
Peter Ablinger (b. 1959, Austria; based in Berlin) was appointed to the position of Professor of Composition at the University of Huddersfield in September 2012. He will be particularly associated with the work of the Centre for Research in New Music (CeReNeM) conducting masterclass, lectures and special projects with students and staff. One of the most innovative and influential composers in the field of new music today, Peter Ablinger’s oeuvre ranges from orchestral works and operas to installations. His work is regularly presented at all the major festivals internationally including Berlin Biennale, Venice Biennale, Holland Festival, Triennale Köln and Carnegie Hall New York. His publications include more than 30 CDs and numerous articles in journals, books, and art anthologies. His work has been recognized by prizes such as the 2008 Andrzej-Dobrowolski-Kompositionspreis and the 2010 Deutschen Klangkunstpreis.
Ablinger’s work with noise, spatialisation, spectral modelling/transcription, and the perception of sound has frequently been supported by major research centres in music technology – most notably the Experimentalstudio of the Heinrich Strobel Stiftung in Freiburg, TU Berlin, and IEM in Graz. At the core of his work is an exploration of the differences between reality and our perception of reality in sound. The act of listening and noise, or rather, ‘Rauschen’ (the German term) have been the dominant themes of Ablinger’s music and research for more than 20 years.
HERMETO PASCOAL – Brazilian Multi-Instrumentalist Composer
Pascoal comes from a remote corner of northeastern Brazil, an area that lacked electricity at the time he was born. He learned the accordion from his father and practised for hours indoors as, being albino, he was incapable of working in the fields with the rest of his family. Hermeto’s career began in 1964 with appearances on several Brazilian recordings alongside relatively unknown groups. These now-classic albums and the musicians involved (Edu Lobo, Elis Regina, Cesar Camargo Mariano) established widely influential new directions in post-bossa Brazilian jazz.
In 1966, he played in the Sambrasa Trio, with Airto Moreira and Humberto Clayber; they released only one album, Em Som Maior. Then he joined Trio Novo (Airto Moreira, Heraldo do Monte, Theo de Barros) and in 1967 the group, renamed Quarteto Novo, released an album that launched the careers of Pascoal and Moreira. Pascoal would then go on to join the multi-faceted group Brazilian Octopus.
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