Federico Llach

Lecturer in Music
Office Hours 
Tue 3-4pm, Wed 9-10am
intermedia composition
embodiment and theatricality
analog synthesis
Mauricio Kagel
harmony beyond tonal and atonal

Musically raised in Buenos Aires as a jazz performer and classical composer, Federico Llach creates music that seeks to combine the old and the new, as well intimacy of concert music with the energy of popular music. His  sound palette has been forever changed as a result his experience with modular synthesizers and electronics of all kinds, something that can also be heard in his acoustic pieces.

Llach has received several awards and scholarships for Composition and Research from: SADAIC for Orchestral Composition, Fondo Nacional de las Artes, University of California Institute for Research in the Arts, Borchard Foundation, Corwin Awards, UCSB Humanities and Social Sciences, UCSB Office of Summer Sessions and Paul Sacher Stiftung. His works have been performed by Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional Argentina, Compañía Oblicua, Now Hear Ensemble, PFL Traject, Cuarteto UNTREF, UCSB Orchestra, Formalist Quartet and Ensemble Dal Niente in at venues of such geographical and aesthetic diversity as Festival Internacional de Jazz Buenos Aires and Darmstadt Ferienkurse.

Llach’s compositional interests are enriched from the perspective of the musicologist, the music technologist and artistic practice as research. His PhD thesis and forthcoming Tempo journal article suggest multidisciplinarity as a solution to inward-focused approaches in new music composition. Llach has created custom software for composition in the areas of spatialization, and note generation from spectral analysis.

Llach has completed a Phd in Composition at University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), where he also obtained a MA, and holds BA from Universidad del Arte and Escuela de Música Contemporánea. Llach has founded and directs Now Hear Ensemble, resident at UCSB, a group of classically trained musicians collaborating with composers working with electronics and intermedia.