Music Across the Atlantic 2009: An Exchange in New Music
The Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts hosts an international exchange in new music with the Conservatory of Asturias, Spain. “Music Across the Atlantic 2009” is a two-week festival devoted to fostering new music from institutions on both sides of the Atlantic. Funded in part by the Indiana University Exchange Affiliations Grant 2007-2009, the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts and the Conservatory of Asturias, “Music Across the Atlantic 2009” will bring two visiting professors, Professor Miguel Fernández and Professor Fernando López to IU South Bend from February 16 through February 27, 2009.
IU South Bend Composition Professor Jorge Muñiz has organized this event, and as part of the exchange has served as guest faculty at the Conservatory of Asturias, Spain in 2007. During the two week exchange the faculty will hold workshops in multidisciplinary art for students from the visual arts and music areas. The professors will also present their compositions to small student audiences throughout the exchange. Additional events that are open to the public include a panel discussion about new music, an exhibition featuring the work created in the multidisciplinary art workshops and two concerts featuring new music by the faculty from the Conservatory of Asturias as well as student and faculty work from IU South Bend. The schedule for those events is listed below.
Music Across the Atlantic 2009
4 p.m. Fri, Feb. 20: Lecture on Multidisciplinary Art by Professor Fernández, NS158, Recital Hall
4 p.m. Tue, Feb. 24: Panel Discussion: New Directions in New Music, NS158, Recital Hall
4-6 p.m. Wed, Feb 25: Opening of Exhibition of Multidisciplinary Works, 5th Floor, Schurz Library
Feb 25 –March 15: Exhibition of Multidisciplinary Works, 5th Floor, Schurz Library
8 p.m. Thurs, Feb. 26: IU South Bend New Music Ensemble, Campus Auditorium, Northside Hall
8 p.m. Fri, Feb. 27: IU South Bend New Music Ensemble, Campus Auditorium, Northside Hall
For more information please contact the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts Box Office at 574.520.4203 or go to http://www.arts.iusb.edu. All events are free with the exception of the concerts on February 26 and 27 (tickets available for $3-$9).
Jorge Muniz is available for interviews. Attached are the faculty biographies for the exchange.
Music Across the Atlantic 2009 Faculty Biographies
Miguel Fernández was born in Gijón, Spain in 1952. He studied electronics there and music in the Conservatory of Asturias. In 1971, he starts to compose electroacoustic music, using a sound laboratory the he designed and built. In 1978, together with visual artists, he founded a group of avant-garde artists called Gruva. The purpose of Gruva was to bring the audience closer to the musical world of visual arts; since then, he has given concerts of electroacoustic music with his own compositions in Spain, France, Sweden, Germany, and Portugal. Fernández was a founding member of the Universidad Popular Municipal de Gijón. From 1976 to 1989, he was a double bass player and member of the Asturias Symphony Orchestra; where he was awarded the Gold Medal of Merit in Fine Arts. Since 1989, he has been a professor of acoustics and organology at the CONSMUPA (Conservatory of Asturias). Miguel Fernández is a member of the Instituto Música, Arte y Proceso of Vitoria-Gasteiz. He collaborates in research works on the effects of art in the human being and is a member of the guest faculty in Music-Therapy at this institution. Fernández wrote Acoustics for everyone, including musicians, published by Agruparte (Vitoria-Gasteiz). He is also co-author of the books “Music as a human process” (Agruparte) and “Music Vibration” published by Jeffrey Books (United States).
Born in Leon, Spain, in 1972, Fernando Lόpez-Blanco started his music studies specializing in piano at the Municipal Conservatory of Music in Leon, where he graduated with honors. Years later, he continued his studies in Oviedo at the Conservatory of Music “Eduardo Martínez Torner” of Asturias obtaining the degree of instructor in several specialities: piano, solfège, theory, transposition & accompanying, harmony, counterpoint, composition and instrumentation. His symphonic and chamber compositions have been performed in places such as The Municipal Auditorium in Leon, The Teatro Campoamor in Oviedo and Teatro Bergidum in Ponferrada. For his composition “Regnalf,” Lόpez was awarded second prize in the Second Contest of Composition organized by the cultural association “Apoyo a la Creacion Musical de Asturias” (Support to Music Creation in Asturias). Since January 2004 he has been teaching in the department of Composition at the Music Conservatory “Eduardo Martínez Torner” in Oviedo, Asturias. In 2006 he obtained first place in the competitive exam for a tenure position as teacher of fundamentals of composition in Oviedo.
A dynamic composer from Spain, Jorge Muñiz has been recognized on two continents for his highly expressive style and refined artistry. The works of Jorge Muñiz have been performed in Spain, Italy, Germany, France and the United States by, among others, the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, Seville Symphony Orchestra, Malaga Symphony Orchestra, and Asturias Symphony Orchestra. Muñiz was born in Switzerland in 1974. He earned his master’s fegree in composition at Carnegie Mellon University with Leonardo Balada, and his coctor of musical arts degree in composition from Manhattan School of Music with Richard Danielpour. For four years Muñiz was a member of the Manhattan School of Music theory faculty. Since August 2006, he has a been assistant professor of music in vomposition and theory and director of graduate studies at Indiana University South Bend. His biography can be found in Who’s Who in America, 2007 and 2008 editions and Who’s Who in the World, 2008 edition.
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