Corwin Chair Series

The Corwin Chair presents a series of engaging concerts and lectures each quarter, with performances and topics ranging from live experimental/improvisatory electronic music to the conversion of DNA sequences into sound. 

Winter 2020

Interfaces and the Creation of New Musical Instruments

Rodrigo Cadiz, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Friday, February 7, 2020 | 3 pm | Studio Xenakis (Room 2215, Music Building) | Free admission
Rodrigo Cadiz obtained his doctorate in Music Technology (Ph.D) from Northwestern University, USA, under the supervision of Dr. Gary Kendall in 2006. At Northwestern he studied acoustic composition with Augusta Read Thomas and Jay Alan Yim and computer music with Virgil Moorefield, Amnon Wolman, and Gary Kendall. His research papers have been published in international conferences such as the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, the International Computer Music Conference, and the Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology, and journals such as the Computer Music Journal. He has taught several computer music related courses at Northwestern and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. His research interests include audio digital processing, computer music, composition, musical perception and cognition, new interfaces for musical expression, and the musical applications of artificial intelligence. 

Models of Composition in the 21st Century 

João Pedro Oliveira, UC Santa Barbara
Friday, February 21, 2020 | 3 pm | Studio Xenakis (Room 2215, Music Building) | Free admission
As part of the Corwin Chair Series, João Pedro Oliveira (Corwin Chair of Composition, UC Santa Barbara) will present a lecture titled "Models of Composition in the 21st Century." Oliveira will talk about his music and how he uses models derived from the historical past and other arts. Composer João Pedro Oliveira holds the Corwin Endowed Chair in Composition for the University of California, Santa Barbara. He studied organ performance, composition and architecture in Lisbon. He completed a PhD in Music at the University of New York at Stony Brook. His music includes opera, orchestral compositions, chamber music, electroacoustic music and experimental video. He has received over 50 international prizes and awards for his works. He taught at Aveiro University (Portugal) and Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil). His publications include several articles in journals and a book on 20th century music theory.