Ewa TrebaczSeattle, WA
EWA TRĘBACZ (pronounced Eva Trembatch) is a Polish-American composer living in Seattle.
Her works range from purely instrumental solo, chamber, and symphonic compositions, to compositions with computer realized sound with live performance, to sound tracks for animated films, to experimental stereoscopic video.
Her current artistic explorations are oriented towards immersive media. She often uses space as a catalyst for improvisation, working through Ambisonic recording sessions in acoustically inspiring spaces.
Ewa comes from Kraków, Poland, where she studied music from an early age. She earned her first music degree – in violin performance – from the Mieczysław Karłowicz School of Music in Kraków. She continued her music education at one of Poland’s best conservatories, the Academy of Music in Kraków, where she studied composition under renowned composer, musicologist and teacher Bogusław Schaeffer, graduating with a Master’s degree in 1999.
Ewa first came to the United States in late 2000. In 2004 she became one of the first doctoral students in Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) at the University of Washington in Seattle, graduating with a Ph.D. in 2010 with her audiovisual immersive work Errai. Currently Ewa works at DXARTS as a Research Scientist and teaches courses related to digital sound and immersive media. While in Seattle, Ewa returned to music performance after finding a true mentor in Finnish-born violinist and renowned teacher Ilkka Talvi.
Ewa Trębacz’s works have been presented, performed and broadcast in over 30 countries on four continents, and have been featured in Organised Sound, Neue Zeitschrift für Musik, and major Polish music magazines. In 2009, her work things lost things invisible for Ambisonic space and orchestra, received a prestigious recommendation from the 56th UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers in Paris, associated with the International Music Council and representing 27 radio stations from around the world.
Her monographic CD, including two chamber works and three orchestral works, was released in 2013 by the Polish Radio, Polish Composers’ Union and Polish Music Information Center (polmic.pl).
Ewa Trębacz has received composing commissions from the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków, Poland (1998-2005), the Klangspuren Festival in Austria (2005), the International Contemporary Music Festival “Warsaw Autumn” (2007), the Polish Composers’ Union (for Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, 2012), the University of Washington School of Drama (2015), Seattle Modern Orchestra (2016), Seattle-based ensemble Kin of the Moon (2018), and recently – Musica Polonica Nova Festival in Wrocław, Poland (2020). She has been a recipient of stipends and grants from the Polish Ministry of Culture and Art, the City of Kraków, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation / USArtists International and the Allied Arts Foundation in Seattle (2018 Artist Award “Listen UP! Music by Women”). Her electroacoustic compositions have been performed at ICMC (International Computer Music Conference), SEAMUS (The Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States Conference), New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF), Mise-En Festival, NYC, SPLICE Festival II (BGSU), and several other festivals.
Ligeia – for invisible soprano, ensemble and surround sound
Live concert recording by Ensemble Mise-En, Moon Young Ha – conductor, NYC 2018.
LIGEIA has two main components, the electronic spatial soundscape, and the instrumental parts interacting with it. The soundscape is mainly based on sound material recorded in WWI era bunkers in Fort Worden, Washington State, with Seattle-based horn player Josiah Boothby and Polish soprano Anna Niedźwiedź. I joined them with my violin, forming a trio, and we recorded a series of improvised gestures, with the use of surround microphone systems.
ANC’L’SUNR – spatial soundscape with orchestra in the foreground
ANC’L’SUNR for symphony orchestra and surround sound was commissioned by the Polish Composers’ Union for the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra and was premiered in Warsaw in 2013.
Live performance by Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Marek Moś, conductor
Pre-recorded parts: Anna Niedźwiedź, soprano and Josiah Boothby, French horn
ERRAI. Immersive Audiovisual Space.
ERRAI is an audiovisual immersive composition by Ewa Trębacz (3D sound and video), created in collaboration with Anna Niedźwiedź (soprano), Josiah Boothby (French horn), and Robert Sowa (light animation). It combines live performance with a pre-recorded Ambisonic soundscape, stereoscopic video projection, and live light animation.
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