Corwin chair presents Rikhardur H. Fridriksson (lecture)

Event Date: 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 6:00pm

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Event Location: 

  • Studio Xenakis (Room 2215)

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Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230
Rikhardur Fridriksson
The Corwin Chair presents a lecture with composer Rikhardur H. Fridriksson on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 6 p.m. in Studio Xenakis (Room 2215). In Fridriksson's lecture, "Me and Music: Is there a future?", he will talk about his work in surround electroacoustic music as well as improvisation on electric guitar with live electronics. Through that he will reflect on the grey areas between music, research, and programming, as well as expressing his views on the possible future of music and future role of the composer.
Rikhardur H. Fridriksson (b. 1960) began his carreer as a rock musician, and later studied composition in Reykjavík, New York, Siena and The Hague. His teachers included Atli Heimir Sveinsson, Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson, Elias Tanenbaum, Franco Donatoni and Clarence Barlow.
His works have been performed and broadcast in many countries. He has received working grants from the Icelandic government, the DV cultural prize, and a prize at the Bourges sound art competition.
He lives in Reykjavik, composing and teaching electronic music and composition at Iceland Academy of the Arts, as well as being co-director of the Kopavogur Computer Music Centre.
His music falls into two general categories; he either makes pure electro-acoustic music, working mostly with natural sounds and their movement in space, or he does live improvisations, playing electric guitar, processed through live electronics. In that field he either appears alone or with the Icelandic Sound Company. Occasionally he can also be seen playing guitar with punk bands.
Rikhardur H. Fridriksson