Friday, March 12 at 11:00am to 12:30pm
The Department of Music will present a Corwin Series Lecture featuring composer Francis Dhomont on Friday, March 12, 2021 at 11 am PST via Zoom. Dhomont will speak on his music and influences in a lecture titled “Abstraction and Figuration in My Music.”
Zoom link: tinyurl.com/CorwinW21
Meeting ID: 841 2398 4807
ABOUT THE ARTIST
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) is comprised 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.
The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec has awarded him a prestigious career grant. In 1999, he was awarded five first prizes for four of his recent works at international competitions (Brazil, Spain, Italy, Hungary and Czech Republic). In 1997, as the winner of the Canada Council for the Arts’ Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award, he was also supported by the DAAD for a residence in Berlin (Germany). Five-time winner at the Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition (France) — the Magisterium Prize in 1988 — and 2nd Prize at Prix Ars Electronica 1992 (Linz, Austria), he has received numerous other awards.
He is the editor of special issues published by Musiques & Recherches (Belgium) and of Électroacoustique Québec: l’essor (Québec Electroacoustics: The Expansion) — for Circuit (Montréal). Musical co-editor of the Dictionnaire des arts médiatiques (published by UQAM), he is also lecturer and has produced many radio programs for Radio-Canada and Radio-France.
In 1978-2004, he divided his time between France and Québec, where he taught at the Université de Montréal from 1980 to ’96. Since the fall of 2004 he has lived in Avignon (France) and regularly presents his works in France and abroad. A great traveller, he participates in several juries.
He is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre (CMC, 1989) and a Founding Member (1986) and Honorary Member (1989) of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC). In October 2007, Université de Montréal awarded him a honoris causa doctorate. He is the president of the collective Les Acousmonautes (Marseille, France) — until its dissolution in 2016 — and “Ehrenpatron” (honour patron) of the organization Klang Projekte Weimar (Germany). He is awarded the Qwartz Pierre-Schaeffer 2012 (Paris, France), Baiocco d’oro 2012 (Perugia, Italia), and the Grand prize of the Giga-Hertz-Preis 2013 (Karlsruhe, Germany). In November 2014 he became an Honorary Member of the International Confederation of Electroacoustic Music (ICEM). In 2017 he became the Honorary President of the Festival Klang! (Montpellier, France).
He now focuses on composition and theory.