Cléo Palacio-Quintin


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Constantly seeking new means of expression and eager to create, the flutist-improviser-composer Cléo Palacio-Quintin (1971) takes part in many premieres as well as improvisational multidisciplinary performances, and composes instrumental and electroacoustic music for various ensembles and media works. Since 1999, she extended these explorations into the development of new instruments: the hyper-flutes. Interfaced to a computer and software by means of electronic sensors, these enhanced flutes enables her to compose novel electroacoustic soundscapes. Over the years her compositions have been performed in The Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, France, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, the U.K., Canada and the U.S., either by herself or various ensembles. Besides composing chamber music with electronics, she performs regularly as a soloist and improviser, especially with her duet Fiolûtröniq. She is now finishing doctoral studies in composition at the Université de Montréal, where she also teaches. She was the resident composer at the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur in Montreal, from september 2009 to 2011. She is an active student-researcher at the Center for interdisciplinary research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT) at McGill University, where she received the Director's Interdisciplinary Excellence Prize 2008 in recognition of her having created an innovative bridge between scientific/technological and artistic domains.


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