Music Professor Receives International Recognition

By Laila Rashid, CHASS Dean’s Office Student Intern

October 24, 2012

Paulo C. ChagasBorn in Brazil and educated there and in Europe, Professor Paulo C. Chagas has brought a wealth of international taste and knowledge to UCR since his arrival in 2004. Not only has he composed over 100 pieces—ranging from operas to multimedia works—but also they have been performed in Latin America, Russia, Europe, and the United States. He moved to Riverside after residing in Belgium and Germany over a period of 24 years, during part of which he was Sound Director of the Electronic Music Studio of the WDR Radio Cologne—the distinguished German studio known for its pioneer role in the history of electronic music. While doing research, Professor Chagas teaches composition and is currently chair of the music department here at UCR. He has published in international journals and books, reflecting on issues such as musical semiotics, philosophy and phenomenology of music, electroacoustic music and digital media. With his multilingual skills, international experiences, intense passion, and extensive educational background, there could be no better candidate for such recognitions.

His most recent accomplishments include his choreographic theater Francis Bacon being performed at the prestigious ImPulsTanz, an international dance festival in Vienna, Austria, and the publication in Germany of his new book and DVD with collaboration between UCR, the Technical University of Offenburg and the University of Siegen.  Francis Bacon, created in 1993, is a composition for soprano, countertenor, baritone, string quartet, percussion, and electronic sound inspired by the life and artwork of British painter Francis Bacon. It is currently being performed in São Paulo and in Santos, Brazil. The book and DVD include a series of Professor Chagas’ texts focusing on the evolution of electronic music—from the production in large studio to the emergence of digital composition—and on his audiovisual and multimedia compositions.

Professor Chagas describes his music as one that “searches for new forms of expressions by establishing relationships to many musical traditions both classical and popular,” and more specifically that his “compositions make extensive use of technology and emphasize the symbolic, ritualistic dimension of the musical performance.”

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