|Composer Lillios gets prestigious commission|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Saturday, 09 June 2012 07:22|
Dr. Elainie Lillios, an associate professor of composition at Bowling Green State University's College of Musical Arts, has been awarded a commission from the Groupe de Recherches Musicales in Paris.
GRM is a research group founded in 1948 by electroacoustic music pioneer Pierre Schaeffer. The commission invites Lillios to compose a new work in the GRM's electroacoustic studios. Those facilities provide both a creative environment and technical support, and have hosted composers, including Pierre Boulez, Olivier Messiaen, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Darius Milhaud and Edgard Varèse.
The group awards 25 to 30 commissions each year to composers from around the world.
Lillios is only the second American composer in the history of the GRM to be awarded a commission.
Lillios's new work will be premiered in October 2013 as a featured piece on the GRM's "Multiphonies" concert series. The performance will take place in Paris at La maison de Radio France in the Salle Olivier Messiaen, with the composer performing the work on the GRM's Acousmonium, an orchestra of 80-plus loudspeakers arranged throughout the concert space.
About the commission Lillios said: "I'm thrilled to receive a commission from the GRM and look forward to creating a new piece in its inspiring studios. The GRM resides at the forefront of electroacoustic music, boasting an amazing historical lineage of research, composition, and development in electroacoustic music and performance. It's an honor to be among those awarded commissions by this preeminent institution."
A CD of her work "Entre Espaces" was released on the Empreintes DIGITALes in the fall.
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