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 2021

Corwin Chair Series Lecture: "... I listen, therefore I am..." with composer François Bayle

Friday, January 22, 2021 | 11 am PST | Virtual Event | Free and open to the public
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François Bayle was born in 1932 in Tamatave, Madagascar where he lived for 14 years. He studied in Bordeaux from 1946-54. In 1958-60, Bayle joined Pierre Schaeffer’s Groupe de Recherches Musicales in Paris, and between 1959-62 worked with Olivier Messiaen and Karlheinz Stockhausen. In 1966, Pierre Schaeffer put him in charge of the GRM which, in 1975, became an integral department of the French National Audiovisual Institute (INA). He maintained this position until 1997. In addition, Bayle created the Acousmonium (1974). He originated the record series Collection Ina-Grm, still organizes concerts and radio broadcasts, and supports the development of technologically advanced musical instruments (Syter – Grm tools – Midi Formers – Acousmographe).

Corwin Chair Series Lecture: "Abstraction and Figuration in My Music" with composer Francis Dhomont

Friday, March 12, 2021 | 11 am PST | Virtual Event | Free and open to the public
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Francis Dhomont studied under Ginette Waldmeier, Charles Koechlin and Nadia Boulanger. In the late 40s, in Paris (France), he intuitively discovered with magnetic wire what Pierre Schaeffer would later call “musique concrète” and consequently conducted solitary experiments with the musical possibilities of sound recording. Later, leaving behind instrumental writing, he dedicated himself exclusively to electroacoustic composition. An ardent proponent of acousmatics, his work (since 1963) consists exclusively of works for fixed media bearing witness to his continued interest in morphological interplay and ambiguities between sound and the images it may create.