scott rubin

composer
violist improviser



Upcoming Events

//2016//

December 1
(e)met, for improvising trio and machine-learning-based computer improviser
Presentation-Concert in association with Digital Humanities at UC, Berkeley
Collaboration with data scientist Juan Hernandez, pianist Myra Melford, trumpeter Darren Johnston, and bassist Lisa Mezzacappa
CNMAT, Berkeley, CA, USA


December 9
SONIC BODY Series #9
Dance, music, motion-sensitive live electronics improvisation with
Christine Bonansea Saulut, dance; Scott Rubin, viola and live electronics; Pamela Z, voice and live electronics; Jorge Bachmann, live electronics; Crystal Sepúlveda, dance
CNMAT, Berkeley, CA, USA


December 10
Performance at DanceHackDay at CounterPulse SF
Dance, music, motion-sensitive live electronics improvisation
Christine Bonansea Saulut, dance; Scott Rubin, viola and live electronics;
CounterPulse, 80 Turk Street, San Francisco, CA, USA


December 12
Naked to the Sky, for violin, saxophone, piano, percussion, dancer, and motion-sensitive live electronics
Eco Ensemble
SanSan Kwan, dancer; Hrabba Atladottir, violin; Joshua Marshall, tenor saxophone;
Myra Melford, piano; Loren Mach, percussion

Senses II, for viola improvisation and motion-sensitive live electronics
Performed by the composer
Berkeley New Music Project
Hertz Hall, Berkeley, CA, USA


//2017//

February 2-7
Sour Helix, for reed duo and electronics
eventuell Saxophone Duo - February Switzerland Tour
Feb 1 - Zürich
Feb 2 - Olten
Feb 4 - Basel
Feb 7 - Luzern


//Past Events//


November 18-19
Naked to the Sky, for violin, saxophone, piano, percussion, dancer, and motion-sensitive live electronics
Balancing on the Edge, collaboration with Thin Edge New Music Collective
Evening - Nov 18
Matinee - Nov 19
Evening - Nov 19
Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada


October 21
Senses, for viola improvisation and motion-sensitive live electronics
Performed by the composer
Center for New Music, San Francisco, CA, USA


June 3
Humid Gravity, arranged for spatialized cello trio and live electronics
Celloscape Collective
Center for New Music, Buy tickets
San Francisco, CA, USA


May 28
Humid Gravity, arranged for spatialized cello trio and live electronics
Celloscape Collective
Bruce Beasley's Sculpture Studio, Buy tickets
323 Lewis St, Oakland, CA, USA


May 13
Humid Gravity, for spatialized string trio and live electronics
Mosa Tsay, Jane Kim, and Krystzoff Zimmermann
Groupmuse @ CNMAT
Berkeley, CA, USA


March 28
Lecture on my music at CCRMA @ Stanford University

March 27
Hive Chapel, for violin, cello, clarinet, and piano
Phoenix Quartet: The End of Time, Deconstructed
Bowery Arts + Science, New York City, NY, USA


March 6
Humid Gravity, for string trio
Ensemble Chartreuse
Center for New Music, San Francisco, CA, USA


March 3
Humid Gravity, for string trio
Ensemble Chartreuse
Curve Line Space, Los Angeles, CA, USA


February 19
Hive Chapel, for violin, cello, clarinet, and piano
Phoenix Quartet: The End of Time, Deconstructed
Firehouse Space, New York City, NY, USA


January 7
Humid Gravity, for string trio
Ensemble Chartreuse
Spectrum, New York City, NY, USA



December 14
less than equals three, for mixed octet
Eco Ensemble, Berkeley New Music Project
Hertz Hall, Berkeley, CA, USA


December 6
less than equals three, for mixed octet (world premiere)
New Music Concerts dir: Robert Aiken
Betty Oliphant Theatre, Toronto, ON, Canada


December 3
Sour Helix, for reed duo and electronics
Quasar Quatuor de saxophones
Le Vivier - Amplithéatre du Gésu
Montréal, QC, Canada


September 18
Self-portait with Carl Jung and John Watson (with György Ligeti in the Background) (world premiere)
Elevate Ensemble: Homage
Sol Joseph Recital Hall @ San Francisco Conservatory of Music
San Francisco, CA, USA


August 4
Sour Helix, for reed duo and electronics
Quasar Quatuor de saxophones
Camp musical des Laurentides
Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard, QC, Canada


July 23
Sour Helix, for reed duo and electronics
Quasar Quatuor de saxophones
SALT New Music Festival and Symposium
Open Space, Victoria, BC, Canada


June 20
Humid Gravity, for spatialized string trio and dancer (world premiere)
Ensemble Gô and Sarah Xiao
Modern Academy Concert Series
Goethe Institut, Hong Kong, Hong Kong


June 4
the Bath Clown Duo, for flute and piano
Perturbations, Ensemble Paramirabo
Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur, Montréal, QC, Canads


May 11
Sour Helix, for reed duo and electronics
Eco Ensemble, Berkeley New Music Projecto
Hertz Hall, Berkeley, CA, USA


May 2
Sour Helix, for reed duo and electronics
VOLUMES: Volume 2 with Duo d’Entre Deux
Duo d’Entre Deux
Shaki Rock Gym, Montréal, QC, Canada


May 1
Sour Helix, for reed duo
Duo d’Entre Deux - presented by les Concerts de la Métropole
Église Saint-Stanislas-de-Kostka, Montréal, QC, Canada


April 24
the Torn Cubist, for 5 musicians
Inverted Space Ensemble @ Washington Composer’s Forum Commission Concert
Brechemin Auditorium, University of Washington School of Music, Seattle, WA, USA


April 9
counter(Projections), for violin, dancer, electronics, and live projections (world premiere)
I am nothing without you, TENTH INTERVENTION
Cary Hall at the DiMenna Center, New York City, NY, USA


March 15
the Bath Clown Duo, for flute and piano (official world premiere)
Jeffery Stonehouse and Gabrielle Gingras
Faculty House at Columbia University, New York City, NY, USA


March 8
Sour Helix, for reed duo and electronics (world premiere)
David Wegehaupt and Jeffrey Anderle of Splinter Reeds
CNMAT, Berkeley, CA, USA


January 15
Invited Lecture: Experiential time in Fausto Romitelli’s Professor Bad Trip, Lesson I
New Music Gathering @ San Francisco Conservatory of Music
San Francisco, CA, USA



December 15
the Bath Clown Duo, for flute and piano
Eco Ensemble
Hertz Hall, Berkeley, CA, USA

December 13
Sour Helix, for reed duo, workshop
Splinter Reeds
CNMAT, Berkeley, CA, USA

September 8-12
piglet ears, for saxophone quartet
the Estrella Consort : A Celebration of Sonorities, Fall Tour
9/8: Lutkin Hall at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA
9/9: School of Music at University of Illinois - Chicago, IL, USA
9/11: Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, USA
9/12: Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, MI, USA


June 22
the Torn Cubist, for 5 musicians
Ensemble Paramirabo
mise-en music festival 2014, New York City, USA


May 30
the Torn Cubist, for 5 musicians
Ensemble Paramirabo
Ottawa New Music Creators, Ottawa, ON


May 9
Filthy Peaks, for amplified cello and electronics
Juan Sebastian Delgado
Doctoral Recital, McGill University, Montreal, QC


April 28
Filthy Peaks, for amplified cello and electronics (world premiere)
Juan Sebastian Delgado
Concert du Groupe Interinstitutionnel de Compositeurs Étudiants de Montréal
Café Résonance, Montreal, QC

Projects by chronology

//In Progress//

Collaboration with the University of California, Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Milnes

Collaboration with Jack Adler Mckean

Collaboration with Mivos Quartet

Juan Hernandez, and Dr. Myra Melford, and myself have partnered with the Center for New Music and Technologies to develop a program that works with gesture-based music improvisation to automatically co-author music in real time using machine learning. (e)met will learn to cope in an improvisational setting using a machine learning process to learn from previous performance data. After a training period, the system will be able to process and respond in real time to live audio signals from the musicians.

//2016//

Collaboration with Thin Edge New Music Collective, as part of Balancing on the Edge

Workshopped on April 17 by the University of California, Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, dir. David Milnes

Collaboration with Hunter Long

//2015//

Collaboration with Phoenix Quartet

Premiered by New Music Concerts on December 6, 2015.
Scored for flute, alto saxophone, trombone, piano, harp, violin, viola, and cello.

Premiere: Hong Kong New Music Academy, performed by Ensemble Gô and Sarah Xiao
Goethe Institut, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, June 20, 2015.
Recording: Chartreuse Ensemble at Spectrum, New York City, New York, USA, January 7, 2016.


Video: Celloscape Collective at Bruce Beasley's Sculpture Studio
Oakland, California, USA, May 28, 2016

//2014//

Collaboration with Hajnal Pivnick, Diane Skerbec, and TENTH INTERVENTION.
Premiered on April 9, 2015 at DiMenna Center in New York City, USA.

Commissioned by Jeffery Stonehouse and Gabrielle Gingras
Premiere: Jeffery Stonehouse, flute; Gabrielle Gingras, piano, New York Flute Fair at the Faculty House at Columbia University, New York City, USA, March 15, 2015.
Program note:
Made from 100% Montepulciano d'Abruzzo grapes, grown in hillside vineyards near the Adriatic coast of Abruzzo. The grapes are harvested from August-September, de- stemmed, crushed, and fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve juiciness and softness.
Bright ruby-red in color, with delicious aromas of black cherries, strawberries, and herbs, the Bath Clown Duo is dry and mellow with concentrated structure. It is best enjoyed young, in order to fully appreciate its fruity varietal character. Enjoy with typical Italian dishes, red meats, pizza and cheese.

Commissioned by Juan Sebastian Delgado
Premiere: Juan Sebastian Delgado, Café Résonance, Montréal, Canada, April 28, 2015.
Program note:
Filthy Peaks is a composition in three main sections, with the second section serving as a transition between the first and the third.
The first section consists of four loops. Here, the cellist performs similar gestures across each loop using four distinct objects to excite the instrument. They begin with pieces of wax paper, move on to chopsticks, later to a milk-frother, and finally, the bow. The soundworld is transformed as a byproduct of the unfolding relationship between the objects used to make the gestures and the physical gestures themselves.
The final section recontextualizes the material presented in the first. Originally, the gesturally-rooted noise-based sounds of the first section are introduced in a non-pulsed environment, occupying the foreground of the sonic field. In the third section, they coalesce into techno-seque energy-charged grooves over which the cello plays virtuosically.

//2013//

Collaboration with Ensemble Paramirabo

Collaboration with Quasar Quatuor de Saxophones



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About

shrubin2@gmail.com

The music of American composer Scott Rubin (b.1989) interrogates the relationships between movement and sound, guided improvisation, peculiarities of auditory cognition and perception, and the discourse found when traversing different modes of music listening. He works in both acoustic and electroacoustic mediums and collaborates with dancers and other non-musician performers.

Scott’s music has been played around the world by the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Ensemble Paramirabo, Quasar Quatuor de saxophones, Tenth Intervention, TAK Ensemble, cellist Juan Sebastian Delgado, the Inverted Space Ensemble, Eco Ensemble, Duo d’Entre Deux, Splinter Reeds, the Estrella Consort, Ensemble Gô, the McGill University Contemporary Music Ensemble, Ensemble Arkea, the University of Illinois New Music Ensemble, and numerous independent musicians. He has musical collaborations planned with the Phoenix Quartet, Thin Edge New Music Collective, the Free Sound Ahn-Somble, Hunger Long. He has had lessons and masterclasses with Beat Furrer, Dieter Ammann, Lasse Thoresen, and Clemens Gadenstätter. His music has been presented by the SALT New Music Festival and Symposium (Victoria, Canada), mise-en music festival (NYC), Emergents Concert Series (Toronto, Canada), l’Ensemble contemporain de Montréal+, Ottawa New Music Creators, Codes d’Accès (Montreal, Canada), the North American Saxophone Alliance, and 60x60 PianoForte Chicago. He has had workshops with Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Transmission, the Danish String Quartet, and Meitar Ensemble.

Currently, Scott is a PhD student at the University of California at Berkeley where he studies with Franck Bedrossian, Edmund Campion, Cindy Cox, and Ken Ueno. He is an active researcher at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies.

He recently earned his masters degree studying with Philippe Leroux at McGill University in Montréal, Canada. Previously, he earned a Bachelor of Music in music composition and a Bachelor of Science in psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, where his primary teachers were Reynold Tharp, Philipp Blume, and Stephen Taylor. Scott was also a student in the Experimental Music Studios, under the tutelage of Scott A. Wyatt.

At McGill, Scott worked as a composer for the Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Lab under Robert Zatorre, where he composes music to be used in music cognition experiments. Scott has studied music cognition with Stephen McAdams and Caroline Palmer. He has also studied with Mark Jude Tramo at the Institute for Music and Brain Science.

Scott is co-founder and co-organizer for the Montréal Contemporary Music Lab. This is a week-long performance and composition workshop that focuses on the creation of new music through fostering collaborative relationships between performers and composers. He also performs improvised guitar for Speakeasy Electro Swing Montreal.

His awards include the McGill University Graduate Excellence Fellowship, the Florence Gould Foundation Scholarship from the European American Musical Alliance, the Geraldine B. Cooke Scholarship from the University of Illinois, the UIUC School of Music Composition-Theory Area Achievement Award, and grants from SOCAN and the Music Graduate Students Society at McGill University. He has participated in the Modern Academy in Hong Kong, Impuls Academy in Graz, Austria, Recontres de Musique Nouvelle at the Domaine Forget Sessions in Charlevoix, Québec as well as the European American Musical Alliance Sessions in Paris, France.