Corwin Chair Series: "Sounding Limits" with Pascale Criton

Event Date: 

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 7:00pm

Event Date Details: 

Event Location: 

  • Karl Geiringer Hall (UCSB)

Event Price: 

Admission is free.

Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230
Pascale Criton (courtesy photo)
Pascale Criton (courtesy photo)
The Corwin Chair presents Sounding Limits, a series of compositions that have resulted from a long-term collaboration between the French composer Pascale Criton and the Italian string players Silvia Tarozzi & Deborah Walker, on Monday, October 23, 2017 at 7 p.m. in Karl Geiringer Hall. Prior to the concert, Ms. Criton will host a 6 p.m. lecture in Studio Xenakis (Room 2215). Admission is free and both events are open to the public.
Since the 1980s, Pascale Criton has been exploring sound variability, microtunings, multisensory receptions and the spatialization of listening. Silvia Tarozzi, violin, and Deborah Walker, cello, are two adepts of contemporary and experimental music and free-improvisation. Together with Pascale Criton they have been exploring microtonal extended techniques and gestural processes on a violin and a cello tuned in 1/16 of a tone. The compositions that resulted from this process are conceived as corporal scripts. They challenge the sense of form and the attitude of interpretation, transforming it into a creative process. Time and motion are no longer defined by pitches and metric systems  but embodied diagrams and moods.
After being performed in International Festival and venues in Europe, Sounding Limits will be presented for the first time in the United States in the Fall of 2017.
Pascale Criton's West Coast tour is organized by Art&Fact and is made possible with the support of the SACEM, the SPEDIDAM, and the Italian Institute of Culture.
About Pascale Criton
Pascale Criton studied composition with Ivan Wyschnegradsky, Gérard Grisey and Jean-Etienne Marie. She received electro-acoustic training at the CIRM (International Centre for Musical Research, Nice) from 1980 to 1982, as well as in a musical computing course for composers at the IRCAM (Paris) in 1986. She developed her interest in ultrachromatism and earned a PhD in musicology (1999).
Since 1980, her works explore sound variability, instrumental techniques  and  the  spatialization  of  listening. Her writing uses specific tunings (1/12th, 1/16th) applied  to  various  instruments  (violin,  cello,  guitar  and  piano)  combined with computing and listening devices. As artistic director of Art&Fact, she organises concerts combining  music, spaces and devices inviting the public to explore new listening experiences: Ecouter autrement, Panthéon (Paris, 2010), Histoires sensibles, National Institute of Youth Deafs (Paris, 2013), Ecoutes croisées, Conciergerie (Paris, 2014). Watch a performance of Ecoutes croisées here.
She has collaborated with several musical research studios such as IRCAM (Department of Musical Research), InaGRM (Radio-France), Centre de Création Musicale Iannis Xenakis (CCMIX-Paris), GMEM (Centre National de creation musicale, Marseille). Her works have been internationally performed by soloists and music ensembles such as l?Ensemble 2e2m, l?Itinéraire, Aleph, Accroche Note, Taller Sonoro, Dedalus in renowned venues and festivals: Georges Pompidou Center, Radio-France, IRCAM, MANCA Festival (Nice), Ars Electronica (Linz), Ijsbreker Institute (Amsterdam), Tate Museum (London), Archipel Festival (Genève), Iikhom XX (Tachkent), Simn (Bucarest), Venice Biennale (2013), Angelica (Bologna, 2014), McGill (Montreal, 2015) etc.
She recently edited Ivan Wyschnegradsky, Libération du son, Ecrits 1916-1979, Symétrie (awarded by Singer- Polignac Foundation, 2014) and Gilles Deleuze, la pensée-musique (co-dir.), CDMC, Symétrie (2015),  a testimony of her encounter with the philosopher Gilles Deleuze regarding music. The Ensemble 2e2m devoted a book to her work, which appeared in the ?à la ligne? collection: Pascale Criton, les univers microtempérés (1999) and a monographic CD (Assaï 2003) which won the Charles Cros award.
Her works are published by Ed. Jobert (Lemoine distr.) and available from Art&Fact. Among works: Plis for 13 instruments and electronics (commissioned by the French Ministery of Culture),Trans a microtonal cycle for two guitars (2014-2016), Bothsways for violin and cello (commissioned by Radio-France, 2014).
A new CD Pascale Criton – Infra featuring recent works is available by Potlatch Label, P317.
Learn more about Pascale Criton at
Pascale Criton (courtesy photo)