Sound Seminar 2020

The SCA music area is hosting a term-long music area home room, where all SCA music students will come together for an artist session / interview / workshop / chat with a series of virtual guests:

Freida Abtan, Rodrigo Costanzo, Nicole Lizee, Levy Lorenzo, Seth Parker Woods, Sam Salem, Olivia Shortt, Remy Siu, and Viola Yip.

Schedule | Thursdays at 10:30 AM

If you are a SCA music student or enrolled in a SCA music course this term and would like to attend and participate, please login HERE for the event link.

If you're not an SCA music student but would like to attend (but without participating), please use these Vimeo links:

Photo: Stéphane Lagrange

Freida Abtan
November 12

Freida Abtan is a Canadian audiovisual composer and multi-disciplinary artist with a keen interest in immersive media. She works between fixed and real-time computational technologies in sound and video for concert diffusion, installation, and large-scale multimedia performance situations. Her music ranges from acousmatic composition to more industrial and pop-influenced experimental performance. Both as a solo artist, and as a floating member of the renowned experimental music group Nurse with Wound, she has toured her music and visuals internationally. Her compositions, performances, and installations have been featured at ICMC, the Spark Festival of Electronic Music, Mutek, The Elektra Festival, and Cap Sembrat amongst many others. Currently, she leads the Electronic Music, Computing, and Technology programme Bmus/Bsc programme at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Rodrigo Constanzo
October 15

Rodrigo Constanzo is a performer and composer living in Manchester, England. He is an avid improviser and performs regularly using home made electro acoustic, and modified electronic instruments. He is currently working towards a PhD in Composition at the University of Huddersfield and co-runs The Noise Upstairs, an improv collective and label which puts on monthly nights and quarterly workshops in Manchester.


Nicole Lizée
November 19

Award winning composer and video artist composer Nicole Lizée creates new music from an eclectic mix of influences including the earliest MTV videos, turntablism, rave culture, Hitchcock, Kubrick, Alexander McQueen, thrash metal, early video game culture, 1960s psychedelia and 1960s modernism. She is fascinated by the glitches made by outmoded and well-worn technology and captures these glitches, notates them and integrates them into live performance. Her compositions range from works for orchestra and solo turntablist featuring DJ techniques fully notated and integrated into a concert music setting, to other unorthodox instrument combinations that include the Atari 2600 video game console, omnichords, stylophones, Simon™, vintage board games, and karaoke tapes. Nicole was the Composer in Residence at Vancouver’s Music on Main from 2016-18.

Levy Lorenzo
November 5

Born in Bucharest, Filipino-American Levy Marcel Ingles Lorenzo, Jr. works at the intersection of music, art, and technology. On an international scale, his body of work spans custom electronics design, sound engineering, instrument building, installation art, free improvisation, and classical percussion. With a primary focus on inventing new instruments, he prototypes, composes, and performs new electronic music. As an electronic art consultant, Levy designs interactive electronics ranging from small sculptures to large-scale public art installations with artists such as Alvin Lucier, Christine Sun Kim, Ligorano-Reese, and Leo Villareal. As a percussionist, he co-founded the experimental theater/electronics duo Radical 2 with Dennis Sullivan and is a member of the Peter Evans Septet. As a sound engineer, he specializes in the realization and performance of complete electro-acoustic concerts with non-traditional configurations. One of his main engagements is Claire Chase's Density 2036 project. A core member of the acclaimed International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), he fulfills multiple roles as live sound engineer, electronicist, and percussionist.

Seth Parker Woods
September 24

Hailed by The Guardian as “a cellist of power and grace” who possesses “mature artistry and willingness to go to the brink,” cellist Seth Parker Woods has established a reputation as a versatile artist straddling several genres. In addition to solo performances, he has appeared with the Ictus Ensemble (Brussels, BE), Ensemble L’Arsenale (IT), zone Experimental (CH), Basel Sinfonietta (CH), New York City Ballet, Ensemble LPR, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Seattle Symphony. A fierce advocate for contemporary arts, Woods has collaborated and worked with a wide range of artists ranging from the likes of Louis Andriessen, Elliott Carter, Heinz Holliger, G. F. Haas, Helmut Lachenmann, Klaus Lang, and Peter Eötvos to Peter Gabriel, Sting, Lou Reed, Dame Shirley Bassey, and Rachael Yamagata to such visual artists as Ron Athey, Vanessa Beecroft, Jack Early, Adam Pendleton, and Aldo Tambellini.

Sam Salem
October 8

Sam Salem creates audiovisual works for performers, electronics and video, which challenge traditional notions of concert presentation and instrumental virtuosity. He has a PhD in Electroacoustic Composition in 2011 from the University of Manchester, shifting his practice in order to incorporate live performance. He's a founding member and co-artistic director of Distractfold Ensemble, which received the Kranichstein Music Prize for Interpretation from Internationales Musikinstitute Darmstadt (IMD) in 2014, becoming the first British ensemble to receive the honour. He is currently PRiSM Lecturer in Composition at the The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England.

Olivia Shortt
October 29

Olivia Shortt (They/She): Anishinaabe, Nipissing First Nation) is a Tkarón:to-based artist. They work as an artist manager for Clifton Joseph Guidry III, as well as a performer, saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, improviser, composer, sound designer, theatre artist, teacher, activist, curator, and producer. They are currently working with the JACK Quartet as a commissioned composer in the inaugural JACK Studio. They have performed in a variety of places and venues all over the world.

Remy Siu
October 22

Remy Siu 蕭逸南 is a composer and new media artist based in Vancouver, BC (located on the unceded, ancestral, and occupied traditional lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nations of the Coast Salish peoples). Recently, his work has involved the construction of automated and variable performance apparatuses that employ light, sound, software, and the body. He is interested in creating friction and stakes between the performer, the interface, and the system through the use of game mechanics and failure. His output spans chamber music, dance, theatre, installations, and audio-visual work. Remy studied at Simon Fraser University Contemporary Arts with David MacIntyre, Owen Underhill, and Barry Truax. He has also studied with Rodney Sharman. He is currently the Co-Artistic Director of Hong Kong Exile, the Director and Manager at the Gold Saucer Studio, and Curator-in-Residence at Contemporary Musiking Hong Kong.


Viola Yip
October 1

A Native of Hong Kong, Viola Yip is a New York-based experimental composer, performer, sound artist, and instrument builder. Her recent interest falls on creating performances based on an intermedial conception of music as well as creating sound pieces that are created through playing around unconventional relationships of objects. Viola's instruments and performances have been presented in major music festivals and concert series in New York, Missouri, Chicago, San Diego, Boston, Bowling Green (Ohio), Pittsburgh, Ithaca, Saratoga Springs, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, Dublin, Belfast, Manchester, Huddersfield, Madeira, Ghent, Amsterdam, The Hague, Brussels, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Berlin and Darmstadt.


The SCA's BFA Music Major program is renowned for its innovative and experimental approach to music and sound through its focus on contemporary composition and creative music making. Given the program’s unique position within an interdisciplinary contemporary art school, our students have rare and valuable opportunities to collaborate on film, dance, theatre, and visual art projects as part of their core training.  

The BFA Music program integrates a rich curriculum including electronic studio composition and performance, composition for acoustic instruments, sound art, performance in Javanese gamelan, and collaborative trans-disciplinary art making. Working beyond fixed genres, our students build a rigorously eclectic toolkit aimed at developing their own highly original projects. Sound installations, custom-built instruments, musical robots, traditional instruments, and DIY electronics are often integrated into hybrid performances that blend these elements in new and innovative ways.

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