The Corwin Chair presents: Scott Cazan (lecture)

Event Date: 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 6:00pm

Event Date Details: 

Event Location: 

  • Studio Xenakis (Room 2215 Music Building)

Event Price: 

Admission is free.

Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230
The Corwin Chair presents a lecture with Scott Cazan on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 6 p.m. in Studio Xenakis (Room 2215 Music Building). Admission is free. Scott will be discussing recent and past works exploring his approach to the performance of live experimental and improvisational electronic music. He will also discuss his work using algorithms and mathematical ideas in both improvisational electronic music as well as ensemble scores.
About Scott Cazan
Scott Cazan is a Los Angeles based composer, performer, creative coder, and sound artist working in fields such as experimental electronic music, sound installation, chamber music, and software art where he explores cybernetics, aesthetic computing, and emergent forms resulting from human interactions with technology. His work often involves the use of feedback networks where misunderstanding and chaotic elements act as a catalyst for emergent forms in art and music.
Scott has performed and received numerous commissions with international organizations such as The LA County Museum of Art, MOCA (Los Angeles), Issue Project Room (NY), The Luxembourg Philharmonique, Feldstarke International (with CENTQUATRE, PACT Zollverein, and Calarts), Ausland (Berlin), Art Cologne, Ensemble Zwischentöne, The University of Art in Berlin, Toomai String Quintet, Southern Exposure (San Francisco), Guapamacátaro (MX), Liminar (MX), Umbral (MX), the Media Mix Festival (Monterrey), the BEAM Festival (UK), REDCAT (Los Angeles), Machine Project and many others. He has collaborated and performed alongside a variety of artists such as Ulrich Krieger, Mark Trayle, Michael Pisaro, Carmina Escobar, Carole Kim, Jana Papenbroock, and many others.
As an active educator he has taught at institutions such as the College of Creative Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara, Art Center College of Design, and is currently a faculty member at the California Institute of the Arts where he teaches topics on the intersections between art and electronics.
His music can be heard on CareOf Editions, Audition Records, Awave Press, and Edition Wandelweiser.
"His way of working with electronic, instrumental and recorded sound is at once immensely sophisticated and viscerally hypnotic." -Alex Ross, author of The Rest Is Noise
"I'm not sure that the kind of mind altering that Cazan is up to is legal — it is best not to drive right away — but it is most pleasurable." -Mark Swed, LA Times