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David Eagle: Biography

David Eagle
1955 -
Region: Prairie

David Eagle

David Eagle composes chamber, orchestral and electroacoustic music, and in recent years, has explored computer applications in composition, improvisation, multimedia and sound spatialization. His latest kinetic music compositions use the movement of sound to fundamentally transform the listening experience. An Associate Professor at the University of Calgary, he teaches composition and electroacoustic music and is Director of the Electroacoustic Music Studio and the New Music Ensemble.

Born in 1955, he studied music at McGill University (B.Mus 1979, M.Mus 1982), the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, and at the University of California, Berkeley (PhD 1992). He studied composition with Bengt Hambraeus, Donald Steven, Klaus Huber, Andrew Imbrie and Olly Wilson.

Performances in Canada and abroad include Sound Travels, New Music Concerts & Arraymusic (Toronto), New Works Calgary, Calgary Philharmonic, University of Alberta, Vancouver New Music, Windsor Symphony, Canadian Electroacoustic Community 'Perspectives' (Montreal), International Accordion Festival (France), Computer Music 90 (Tokyo), Glenn Gould Conference (Toronto), Tuning of the World (Banff), Calgary International Organ Festival, International Computer Music Conferences 95 & 96, and International Society for Electronic Arts 95, World Saxophone Congress 2000, Musica Scienza 2001,Centro Ricerche Musicali in Rome, Cantai Festival in Taipei, Taiwan (one thousand curves, ten thousand colours), Mexico-Canada Music Festival, Escuela Nacional de Musica, Mexico City, Open Ears Festival 2003 in Kitchener-Waterloo and Happening Festival 2004 & 2005, Calgary.

In November 2004 he was visiting composer at the Wuhan Conservatory of Music in China where he premièred his kinetic music composition Soundplay1. Recent premières include Resound for solo saxophone (Jeremy Brown, Happening Festival), Soundplay2 for violin and computer (Edmond Agopian, Contrasts Chamber Festival, Calgary) and Crossing Currents for orchestra (Alberta Composers at the Banff Centre).

Eagle's work can be heard on New Concert Discs, Clef, UNICAL, isidorart recording and ARKTOS Recordings labels.


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