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Joan Riera Robusté composer

Joan Riera Robuste Composer

Joan Riera Robusté began classic and Jazz musical studies at different music academies and with the private teacher Lluís Vergés, later obtaining a scholarship to study jazz composition at the Berklee College of Music.

He took further studies in classical composition at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, where he received lessons from Helmut Lachenmann, Manuel Hidalgo, John Rahn, Walter Zimmermann, Ramón Lazcano, José Luís Torá, Luca Cori, Eduard Resina and Joao Pedro Oliveira.

In 2005 he spent one year at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Lyon, where he studied electroacoustic music with Denis Lorain, Robert Pascal, Cristophe Germanique and François Rouge.

Since then, his music incorporates electroacoustic and visual resources. In 2014 he obtained a Ph.D. at the Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal, with the thesis “Spatial Hearing and Sound Perception in Music Composition”.

ACADEMIC STUDIES

    -Ph.D. in Musical Composition, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal, 2014.
    -Degree in Composition, Título Superior de Música en la Especialidad de Composición,Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, 2006.
    -Master, M.M. Jazz Composition The Boston Conservatory, Boston, MA, 2001.
    -Bachelor’s Degree, B.A. Jazz Composition Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA,1997.
    -Diploma, Aula de Música del Conservatori del Liceo, 1994.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

    -Professor´s Assistant in composition at the Universidade de Aveiro.
    -Music theory and cello teacher at the Music Academy ‘Tarantella’, Barcelona, Spain.
    -Private teacher of analysis, music theory, music history and ear training.

RESEARCH AREAS

    -Electronic music
    -Composition
    -Music Analysis

SCHOLARSHIPS

    -Curso Internacional de Composición Villafranca del Bierzo, Spain, 2006.
    -Schloss Solitude Summer Cours, Stuttgart, Germany, 2005.
    -International Ferienkurse Für Neue Musik, Darmstadt, Germany, 2004.
    -Berklee College of Music International Network Scholarship, Boston , USA, 1995/1997
    -AIE (Asociación de Intérpretes y Ejecutantes), 1993/1994.

PRIZES

    -First prize at the International Composers Competition “City-Sound Silence”, Dresden, Germany, 2005.
    -First prize at the ‘Concurs Internacional Joves Compositors Joan Guinjoan’, Barcelona,Spain, 2003.

COMPETITION JURY MEMBER

    -Jury member at the Young Composers Competition at the Music Biennale, Koper, Slovenia, 2010.

MUSIC: LIST OF WORKS


Full orchestra

- Poly-nesia, 2016, 20'
- Impressions Estiuenques. 2001, 10'.
    Commissioned by the Melrose Symphony Orchestra.

Chamber music

- Quartet en Mi, for soprano, alto, tenor and bariton saxophones, 2002, ca. 16'
    Commissioned by Bats Quartet, Barcelona, Spain. Premiered by Bats Quartet at the "Casal de Joves de Manresa", Spain, 1999
- Quintet de Vent n.1, for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and f. horn, 2002, 17'
    Premiered by Zauber Quintet at Centre Cultural de Santpedor, Manresa, Spain, 2002.
-Estudi de Proporcions n.1 “12 “, for 2 clarinets in Bb (2nd doubles bass clar.), 2 f.horns, 2 violins, viola, cello and and percussion, 2002, 10'
    Premiered by Ensemble Obert at CCCB, Barcelona, Spain, 2002.
-Estudi de Proporcions n.2 “Kreise in Kreis”, for acordion soloist, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophon, trumpet in C, guitar, violin, contrabass and piano, 2003, 17'
    Premired by Ensembe Embut at the Sala d’Orquestra de l’Esmuc, 2003.
-Estudi de Proporcions n.3, for Bb clarinet, violin, cello and piano, 2003-2004, 15'
    Premiered by BCN Grup Instrumental at Esmuc, Spain. 2004.
-Estudi de Proporcions n.4, for flute in C (doubling alto flute), Bb clarinet (doubling bassclar.), violin, cello and piano, 2005, 10'
    Commissioned by the "Festival Nou Sons", Barcelona, Spain.
    Premiered by Trigger Ensemble für Neue Musik, Auditori de Barcelona, 2004.
    SCORE AND AUDIO available at: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1fQ5Oz3qIAZ-JhR1Psr7sN8Eeard26Po6
-Estudi de Proporcions n.5, for violin, cello and piano, 2006, 15'
    Premiered by Trio Elole, Dreden, Germany, 2006.
    SCORE AND AUDIO available at: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1eSXTB1IE-BpjdUvfBzeLNiHKbsB05Vd2
-Campanes de Llum/ Profanaciones (video by Oriol Sánchez Puig), for piano, vibrafon,and electronics, 2006. (20')
    Premiered at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, Spain, 2006.
-Eppur si Muove, for flute in C (doubling alto flute), Bb clarinet (doubling bass clar.), guitar, violin, cello and piano, 2010, ca.15'
    Commissioned by the Festival Nou Sons, Barcelona, Spain.
    Premiered by Ensemble Smash , Auditori de Barcelona, Spain, 2010.
    SCORE AND AUDIO available at: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/19coTLK_6ujVZ_4xDp6TllG75wydGywVO?usp=sharing
- Utopia II (rev), 2015 (rev. 2018), 10', for flute, alto saxophone, violin, viola, cello, guitar and piano
    Commissioned by Smash Ensemble.
    Premiered by Ensemble Smash, Suså Festival, Naevsted, Denmark, 2015.
    SCORE AND AUDIO available at: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1NTENdD0pQto0fZrz1GDt1A_73w3wngIj?usp=sharing
-Pieza para 4 percusionistas,cajas y resonancias, 2018, ca. 16'
    SCORE available: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1zbOW_kcZqGF7DDRFoamuhP5UGqogvW_S
-Pieza para 4 guitarras (y espacio), 2018, ca. 17'
    Premiered by Aleph Quartet, Festival Mixtur, Barcelona, Spain, 2019.
    SCORE AND AUDIO available at: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/1TFSd-vVoSC4J7r0rBgpzajInKnDQUn_y

Solo Pieces

-Deformacios n.1, for sensors, live electronics (MaxMSP), Ambisonics and quadraphonic spatialization, 2008-2009, 12'
    Premiered by Jordi Sánchez Puig, Fundació Phonos, Barcelona, 2008.
-Deformacios n.2, for piano, sensors, live electronics (MaxMSP), Ambisonics and quadraphonic spatialization, 2008-2009, 17'
    Premiered by Jordi Sánchez Puig, Music Biennale 2008, Koper, Slovenia, 2008.
-Poética (Supongo), for guitar, 2012, 16'
    Commissioned by Smash Ensemble, Salamanca, Spain.
    Premiered by Bertran Chevarría, Hospedería Fonseca, Salamanca, Spain, 2012.
    SCORE AND AUDIO available at: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1IJmSuh2cBfBlDFB2WJIRarsxfcIYoXto?usp=sharing
- A e io, for cello, 2016, ca 25’
    SCORE AND AUDIO available at: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1dkdenV3qt0juRKm_Wa7Oiz9gjSBlRlYB?usp=sharing-
- Pieza para Marimba, for marimba, 2016, ca. 7’
    SCORE available at: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ypqyXBlr1_2HWxI2HUJnbtlcNgTIMhHn
-"…es una cosa muy rara…", for piano, 2014 (rev. 2106), ca. 10'
    Premiered by Masako Otha, Munich, 2014.
    SCORE available at: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1hVQN4lh8u7zZfPFDkDRIan8GDDgA0evd
- Piece for one snare drum and loop pedal, 2016, ca. 14'

- Pieza para Henrique y 4 altavoces, for alto saxophone and electronics, 2016, ca. 17'
    Premiered by Henrique Portovedo, at Seia, Portugal, 23.3. 2107.
    SCORE AND AUDIO available at: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1LaJ3yWy7c0Gl8-sJlk7tljzWwW1yKMSz

Electronic Music

-Musical Situation 1, electroacoustic piece for 8 channels, 2012, 22'
    Premiered at the Departamento de Comunicação é Arte, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal, 2012
- Topos, electroacoustic piece for 8 channels, 2012, 6'
    Premiered at the Departamento de Comunicação é Arte, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal, 2012.
- Polyphonic Continuum, electroacoustic piece for 8 channels, 2012, 10'
    Premiered at the EM-Hören, TU Berlin, 2013.
-Electronic Studio n.1, electroacoustic piece for 4 channels, 2005-2006, 9’
    Premiered at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, Spain, 2006.

Video

-Campanes de Llum/ Profanaciones (video by Oriol Sánchez Puig), for piano, vibrafon, and electronics, 2006. (20')
    Premiered at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, Spain, 2006.
-Texture/ Colapso (video by Olga Oliveira), electroacoustic piece for 4 or 8 channels,2011. 9'
    Premiered at the Departamento de Comunicação é Arte, Universidade de Aveiro,Portugal, 2012.

Installations

-Polyphonic Continuum/ Visions of Machbeth (video by Markus Selg), electroacoustic piece for 8 channels with video, 2012, 20'
    Premiered at 'Cicle de Concerts Hangar Multifocal', Orquestra del Caos, Barcelona, 2014.

Publications


CD’s

- Quartet en MI, Bats Quartet (Bats Quartet, 2002).
- Quintet de Vent n.1, Zauber Quintet (El Senyor Guindilla, 2003).
- Poética (Supongo), Bertrand Chavarría-Aldrete (Odradek Records, 2016).

Scores

-Estudi de Proporcions 4, Revista Quodlibet n.43, Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Spain, 2009.

Articles

-"Piano, Sensors and Live Electronics: the performer's perspective", eContact, The Canadian Electroacoustic Community’s Online Journal of Electroacoustics,
Available at: http://econtact.ca/13_2/robuste_sensors.html
-Filling Sound with Space: an elemental approach to sound spatialisation", Organized Sounds vol. 23 (3), 2018 .
Available at: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/organised-sound/article/filling-sound-with-space-an-elemental-approach-to-sound-spatialisation/EBAD72C657C2E00C61977228C8795F02/share/9134d775c8afdaac3765725dfaefdcc201f042c9

Lectures

-'Musica nello spazio, lo spazio nella musica: nascita e morte delle tradizioni’ Music Biennale Koper, Slovenia, 2010
-'Spatial dimensions on music; compositional techniques and electroacoustic possibilities', Music Biennale Koper, Slovenia, 2008.
-'Eppur si muove' y la relación entre el tiempo, el espacio y el timbre', Festival Internacional Smash de Música Contemporánea, Salamanca, Spain, 2011.

Participation in Seminars as Teacher

-Workshop Música Electrónica, Gaia, Portugal, 2012.
-Electronic Music Seminar, Conservatory of Vicenza, Italy, 2016.

PARTICIPATION IN MUSIC FESTIVALS

-Suså Festival, Naevsted, Denmark, 2015.
-Cicle de Concerts Hangar Multifocal', Orquestra del Caos, Barcelona, 2014.
-Festival Nou Sons de Música Contemporanea, Barcelona, Spain, 2005 and 2010.
-Gaida Festival (Vilnius,Lithuania), 2010.
-Museum of Aplied arts in Vilnius, 2010
-Ciclo de Música Contemporânea da Guarda ,Portugal,Teatro Municipal da Guarda, 2010.
-Festival Música de Hoy, La Pedrera, Barcelona, 2009.
-Ciclo de Conciertos Phonos 2009,Barcelona, Spain.
-Biennale Koper 2008.
-Festival Internacional Smash de Música Contempránea, Salamanca, Spain, 2010 and 2015.
-Musik Festival für Aktuelle Musik, Hamburg, 2007.
-Frankfurt/Main, Frankfurt, 2006.
-Festival de Música Contemporánea de Vigo, Spain, 2005.
-Festival Temporada Alta, Girona, Spain, 2004.

REFERENCES AND REVIEWS ABOUT MY WORKS

- Revista Musical Catalana: ‘Nous Compositors al CCCB’, Barcelona, 2002.
- Revista Musical Catalana: ‘Concert Associació Catalana de Compositiors’, 2003.
- La Vanguardia, Barcelona, ‘Nuevos Talentos en el Festival Nou Sons’, 2004.
- La Vanguardia: ‘Música Contemporánea en Barcelona’, 2008.
- Catálogo Premio Román Gubern de Cine Ensayo, UAB, Barcelona, 2009.
- Spectrum. Volume 5, Dublín, Junio 2008
- Catálogo Canarias Media Fest 0, Gran Canaria, 2008.
- Pantalla CCCB, un mes un artista: Centro Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona, Febrero 2008.
- http://www.blogsandocs.com/?p=276


Doctoral Research:

Spatial Hearing and Sound Perception in Music Composition

This thesis explores the possibilities of spatial hearing in relation to sound perception, and presents three acousmatic compositions based on a musical aesthetic that emphasizes this relation in musical discourse.

The first important characteristic of these compositions is the exclusive use of sine waves and other time invariant sound signals. Even though these types of sound signals present no variations in time, it is possible to perceive pitch, loudness, and tone color variations as soon as they move in space due to acoustic processes involved in spatial hearing. To emphasize the perception of such variations, this thesis proposes to divide a tone in multiple sound units and spread them in space using several loudspeakers arranged around the listener.

In addition to the perception of sound attribute variations, it is also possible to create rhythm and texture variations that depend on how sound units are arranged in space. This strategy permits to overcome the so called "sound surrogacy" implicit in acousmatic music, as it is possible to establish cause-effect relations between sound movement and the perception of sound attribute, rhythm, and texture variations.

Another important consequence of using sound fragmentation together with sound spatialization is the possibility to produce diffuse sound fields independently from the levels of reverberation of the room, and to create sound spaces with a certain spatial depth without using any kind of artificial sound delay or reverberation.


Contact

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Email: joanrierarobuste@gmail.com
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