Composition Colloquium: Joao Oliveira

Colloquium | March 6 | 3 p.m. |  CNMAT (1750 Arch St.)

 Department of Music

Models, Gestures, Interactions

João Pedro Oliveira will talk about his compositions, and how musical gestures shape most of his music. Connections to the historical past in music will also be addressed, and how models taken from the classics can be re-created in a new context.

The interaction between instruments and electronics, as well music and image, will be analysed from a gestural point of view, presenting different solutions on how to organize both media.

Composer João Pedro Oliveira holds the Corwin Endowed Chair in Composition for the University of California at 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, including three Prizes at Bourges Electroacoustic Music Competition, the prestigious Magisterium Prize and Giga-Hertz Special Award, 1st Prize in Metamorphoses competition, 1st Prize in Yamaha-Visiones Sonoras Competition, 1st Prize in Musica Nova competition. 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.