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School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Arts

Federico Llach

Professional Title: 
Lecturer in Music Technology and Composition
ACS 142B
Office Hours: 
Fall 2021: 8:30-10:30am
intermedia composition
embodiment and theatricality
analog synthesis
Mauricio Kagel
harmony beyond tonal and atonal

Musically raised in Buenos Aires as a jazz performer, music for media producer and classical composer, Federico Llach creates music that seeks to combine the old and the new, as well as the intimacy of concert music with the energy of popular music. His sound palette has been forever changed as a result of his experience with modular synthesizers, samplers and electronics of all kinds, which usually appear uniquely blended with acoustic instruments in his music. 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. A multidisciplinary artist himself, Llach has suggested, in his PhD dissertation and in a recent Tempo journal article, that multidisciplinarity is as way to overcome 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 Doctorate 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. He has founded and directs Now Hear Ensemble, a group of classically trained musicians collaborating with composers working with electronics and intermedia.