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James Montgomery: Biography

James Montgomery
1943 -
Region: Ontario

James Montgomery

JAMES MONTGOMERY (b. 1943) received his Master of Music degree from the University of Toronto in 1972, after studies in composition with John Weinzweig and electronic music with Gustav Ciamaga. In the same year he co-founded, with David Jaeger, Larry Lake, and David Grimes, the Canadian Electronic Ensemble - the longest lived group of its kind in the world, with a repertoire of over 200 works to its credit. In the course of his career he has worked as a lecturer, electronic music consultant, administrator and broadcaster, and served as the President of the Canadian League of Composers and Director of the Hugh LeCaine Project. In 1987 was appointed artistic director of the Music Gallery in Toronto.

His compositions exhibit a synthesis of contrapuntal techniques (both tonal and serial), extended instrumental resources, and elements of structured improvisation and collective composition, in which each musician is given a set of instructions to follow, but the manner of execution is left to the performer's discretion. Montgomery's works have been broadcast throughout the world, and have represented Canada at the Latin American Courses for Contemporary Music, the International Rostrum of Composers, and the International Society for Contemporary Music's World Music Days.

Daniel Foley, 1998


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