Composition faculty member Dr. Elainie Lillios has been awarded a commission from the prestigious Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM) in Paris.
A historical research group founded in 1948 by electroacoustic music pioneer Pierre Schaeffer, the commission invites Lillios to compose a new work in the GRM’s electroacoustic studios, whose creative environment and technical facilities have hosted an array of famous composers, including Pierre Boulez, Olivier Messiaen, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Darius Milhaud and Edgard Varèse, among others.
The group awards 25 to 30 commissions each year to composers from around the world.
Lillios is only the second American composer in the history of the musical research group to be awarded a commission. The first was American composer and inventor John Chowning, known for discovering the FM synthesis algorithm in 1967, which led to the creation of the digital synthesizer.
Lillios’s new work will be premiered in October 2013 as a featured piece on the group’s “Multiphonies” concert series. The performance will take place in Paris at La maison de Radio France in the Salle Olivier Messiaen, with the composer performing her work on the organization’s famous “Acousmonium,” an orchestra of 80-plus loudspeakers arranged throughout the concert space.
About the commission Lillios said, “I’m thrilled to receive a commission from the GRM and look forward to creating a new piece in its inspiring studios. The GRM resides at the forefront of electroacoustic music, boasting an amazing historical lineage of research, composition and development in electroacoustic music and performance. It’s an honor to be among those awarded commissions by this preeminent institution.”
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