Bending Technology

Presented by Dr. Gordon Fitzell

Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Time: 7:00 – 8:00pm MST

Join on Zoom:

Stream on YouTube:

Composer, improviser and sound artist Gordon Fitzell will discuss unorthodox approaches to incorporating technology into the creative process. He will present projects featuring his interdisciplinary student group the eXperimental Improv Ensemble (XIE), as well as his own compositions and installations. Gordon will address non-electrical acoustic works, such as his solo piano piece kamelyin, commissioned and premiered by pianist Roger Admiral; he will also address analog and digital electronic works, such as Techno Messiah: Zoom | Richter | Langsam | Pop, a multimedia piece for solo alto flute, large ensemble, video and audio electronics.

Gordon is a professor of composition at the University of Manitoba Desautels Faculty of Music in Winnipeg, where he also directs the XIE and co-directs the new music organization Groundswell. His music has been performed by leading international ensembles and is featured on various albums, including Grammy-winning, Opus Award-winning, Juno-nominated and West Coast Music Award-nominated recordings. In 2018 he was elected to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

Don’t miss the livestreamed concert featuring works by Gordon Fitzell and U of A faculty composers:

Quiet City: Friday, April 9, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. MST


Featuring solo piano works by Canadian composers and faculty of the University of Alberta and the University of Manitoba.

Scott Smallwood – Quiet City (2020)
Mark Hannesson – Constellation (2018)
Gordon Fitzell – kamelyin (2007)

Sponsored by U of A Department of Music and the Sound Studies Institute.