April 13-17, 2014
In its third edition the Cairo Contemporary Music Days 2014 will take place from the 13th-17th of April 2014. The programme organised by the European-Egyptian Contemporary Music Society includes a number of Egyptian and world premieres which will be presented at the festival. This year the Cairo Contemporary Music Days are also stepping into new partnerships and cooperations with important Austrian institutions such as the Austrian Cultural Forum and the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics Graz.
Due to political challenges, the festival production has been narrowed down to the true essence and will concentrate on the key aspects of contemporary music. This year’s main focus lies on live electronics and electro-acoustic music. As the Austrian representative, Dr. Gerhard Nierhaus will be presenting his work in Cairo for the first time.
Dr. Gerhard Nierhaus: Introduction to Algorithmic Composition
Time: April 14 | 11.30 a.m.
Venue: Cairo Conservatoire | Academy of Arts – Al Haram
(Organised in cooperation with the IEM-Graz and the support of the Austrian Cultural Forum)
Gerhard Nierhaus studied composition with Peter Michael Hamel, Gerd Kuehr and Beat Furrer. Besides composing for conventional instrumentations, he also created numerous works in the electronic music field. Gerhard Nierhaus currently works at the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz and teaches computer music and algorithmic composition. To compile his scientific activities he wrote the book “Algorithmic Composition – Paradigms of Automated Music Composition” that was published by the Springer Verlag Wien/New York in 2009. He is also an active consultant for the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), Computer Music Journal (CMJ) and the European Research Council (ERC). At the moment he is the head of the project “Patterns of Intuition” which is sponsored by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and cooperates with 14 European composers. The project investigates the creative process of composing with the means of algorithmic composition.