The Electro-Acoustic Orchestra (dir. Doug Van Nort) is an ensemble comprised of a mixture of acoustic and electronic performers. It is an emergent sonic organism that evolves through collective attention to all facets of sound, soundpainting-based conducting and improvisational practice. The EAO performs a range of pieces by its members, invited guest artists and from the experimental music repertoire.
The ensemble functions both as a music course during the Fall semester, as well as the year-round resident ensemble for the DisPerSion Lab. EAO integrates members from York and the larger Toronto electroacoustic and improvising communities.
Current members are Brian Abbott, Chris Anderson-Lundy, David Bandi, Aaron Corbett, Darlene Dunn, Glen Hall, Rory Hoy, Ian Jarvis, Ian Macchiusi, Kieran Maraj, Sam Mason, Mackenzie Perrault, Paul Petrocelli, Danny Shehan, Sean Stover, Adam Walters, and Lauren Wilson.
Past members: Robert Appleton, Michael Brown, Chris Cerpnjak, Matt Miller, Sabatino Muccilli, Liz Petzold, Michael Palumbo, Carlos deLeon, Peter Elleman, Marcello Fiorini, Alex Laurie, Mark Mcgugan, Caleb Martin, Fae Sirois
April – Telematic Performance: Electro-Acoustic Orchestra (DisPerSion Lab, Toronto), Mary Edwards and Michael Dessen (Institute for Advanced Computational Science, Stony Brook, NY), part of “Network Music: Artistic and Technological Strategies for Public and Private Networks”
December – Malcolm Goldstein / Doug Van Nort / Electro-Acoustic Orchestra @ Array Space, Toronto
October – Real Virtuality: Electro-Acoustic Orchestra in telematic performance with Stream Ensemble (dir. Thomas Gerwin), Connecting DisPerSion Lab and Potsdam, Germany. Part of intersonanzen, Brandenburg New Music Festival.
July – International Conference on Movement and Computing (MOCO)
Intersubjective Soundings: Doug Van Nort (Soundpainting, MYO-based Sound Transformation) – Deptford Town Hall, Goldsmiths, London, UK with Electro-Acoustic Orchestra – DisPerSion Lab, Toronto
February – New Adventures in Sound Art’s Deep Wireless Festival @ DisPerSion Lab
Tele-Conduction: works commissioned for EAO by Glen Hall, Thomas Gerwin, Doug Van Nort and Sarah Weaver.
November – John Driscoll (founding member of Composers Inside Electronics) / Electro-Acoustic Orchestra @ DisPerSion Lab
November – EAO @ 416 Creative Improvisers Festival, Tranzac, Toronto.
May – Double-bill with Tout Croche @ DisPerSion Lab
May – Hour-long set at International Society of Improvised Music (ISIM), Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo, ON.
December 10th – EAO performing with guests Anne Bourne and Rick Sacks @ Array Space, Toronto
December 7th/8th – Electric Messiah at the Drake, produced by Soundstreams
November 12 – Debut performance, York Tribute Communities Recital Hall, with guest composer Margaret Schedel