BY JORGE VARIEGO
JORGE VARIEGO was born in Rosario, Argentina. He is a former Fulbright Scholar and is currently on the Music Theory/Composition faculty at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is the founder director of the UT Electroacoustic Ensemble, a student group dedicated to free improvisation with electronic media, co-director of the UT Contemporary Music Festival, and has co-directed the 2016 Nacusa-SCI Snapshot conferences at UT.
Actively involved with technology in sound and music, Jorge has been a pioneer in the field of interactive computer music, having created and performed a great deal of works for clarinet and electronics in the US, Europe and South America. He participated in many international music festivals such as MATA, SEAMUS, EMS, Sonoimagenes, Holland Festival, Festival de Jazz de Vigo, Via Stellae, ICMC and can be heard on many CDs, including his most recent solo releases Necessity (Albany-2010) and Regress (CMMAS-2013). During the summer of 2012, he was resident artist at the CMMAS, in Mexico, where he recorded the material for his CD Regress, fully dedicated to new music for clarinet and electronic media by Argentine composers. In June 2013, he was resident artist at the Visby Centre for Composers, in Sweden, where he composed a new work commissioned by the Berner Musikkollegium. In July 2014 he premiered a new work for bass clarinet and orchestra commissioned by the Symphonic Orchestra of Rosario, in Argentina. Most recently, he presented new works in Switzerland, Spain, and the Netherlands. He received honorable mention in the American Prize in composition and was finalist in the SIME Electroacoustic Music Composition Competition. In 2017, the University of Quilmes in Argentina will publish his book on algorithmic composition. This material will be part of the university’s collection of writings about music and science. Learn more here.
“Recontextualizations” is a short collective improvisation around a given pre-composed melodic line. The improvised context is conceived as a moving sonic canvas for the strokes of the melody performed by the bass clarinet.