Campus Directory: Rolf Boon

University of Lethbridge

Rolf Boon
Associate Professor
Fine Arts - Music Department
Office: W856 (University Centre for the Arts)
Phone: (403) 317-2883
Email:

Degrees

Ph.D, 2002, (Educational Administration and Leadership), University of Alberta; B.Ed., 1989 (Secondary Education), University of British Columbia; M.Mus., 1983 (Composition), University of British Columbia; B.Mus., 1980 (Composition and Piano Performance), Queens University; A.R.C.T (Piano Performance), Royal Conservatory of Music, University of Toronto

Expertise

Composition, Film music, Sonic art installation, Policy studies, Theory

Research Areas

Sonic art installation, Composition, Film music, Audio software research

Alternate Languages

German

Office Hours

MWF 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Biography

Rolf Boon is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre, Member of the Canadian League of Composers, Audio Engineering Society and New Music Edmonton. His compositions continue to receive national and international exposure including recent performances in London, New York, Vancouver, Toronto, Kraków, Athens, Barcelona, Berlin, Los Angeles, and Beijing. Furthermore, his work has had repeat broadcasts on CJSR Edmonton, CKUA Access Radio and CBC radio/television.

He has received commissions and grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Music Centre, University of Lethbridge, individuals, and multimedia groups. He is a recipient of the ACIFA Alberta Provincial Teaching Excellence Award and British Columbia Senior Arts Award.

In addition to his composing and teaching film composition and music technology, Rolf worked as music editor on several films and documentaries for the CBC, Disney, Expo '86, Lauron Productions and Independents. He has twice served as a jurist for the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) Juno Awards and is currently on the Canadian Music Centre (CMC) Regional Board of Directors. Rolf is the past-Chair of the Music Department at the University of Lethbridge during which time he led the development and implementation of the Digital Audio Arts program.

Originally from Kingston Ontario, Rolf studied piano and graduated with an ARCT (1978, RCM) and a B.Mus. (1980) from Queen's in piano performance and composition. At Queen's he studied piano with Dr. Ireneus Zuk and composition with Dr. Bruce Pennycook and Dr. Clifford Crawley. Rolf graduated with a M.Mus. (1983) from UBC. At UBC he studied composition with Dr. Steven Chatman and orchestration with Dr. Eliot Wiesgarber. He also holds a B.Ed. (1988) degree in secondary music education from UBC and a Ph.D. (2002) in educational administration and leadership from the University of Alberta.

Selected Publications

Boon, R. (2011). Presented five workshops in composition and the Keynote Address at the annual Canadian National Conservatory of Music (CNCM) conference. Forest Hills, ON, July 17-21, 2011.

Boon, R. (2010). Into the Silence from Children's Window. Canadian National Conservatory of Music, ON.

Boon, R. (2009). Technology in Teaching. A presentation for the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning Conference, Inspired to Learn: Celebrating Teaching in the Comprehensive University. May 4, University of Lethbridge.

Boon, R. (2009). First Light from Children's Window. Canadian National Conservatory of Music, ON.

Boon, R. (2009). Bike Ride from Children's Window. Canadian National Conservatory of Music, ON.

Boon, R. (2008). Rain Falling from Children's Window. Canadian National Conservatory of Music, ON.

Boon, R. (2008). Cult Figures: Anthology of Canadian Electroacoustic Music. This CD was produced by the Edmonton Composers' Concert Society and includes Waves (2007), a live electroacoustic recording, and System 2.3/7 (2004), a digitally remixed and condensed work originally produced using a CMI Fairlight (1985). The CD was chosen by Naxos America as one of the best 15 CDs in 2010.

Boon, R. (2007). White Clouds, Blue Sky from Children's Window. Canadian National Conservatory of Music, ON.

Boon, R. (2007). Prairie Reflections from Children's Window. Canadian National Conservatory of Music, ON.

Boon, R. (2004). One of 60 composers selected to represent the Pacific Basin Regional Concert for the 60X60 Project of contemporary music, November 20, Los Angeles, California.




Selected Creative Works

Research and Professional Highlights (2008-present)

2015-Six Miniatures for soprano sax and piano was performed by Chee Meng Low and Deanna Oye at the University of Lethbridge, Music at Noon Recital Series, February 3rd.

2014-Six Miniatures for clarinet and piano performed by Don Ross and Roger Admiral was broadcast on CJSR 88.5 Edmonton this Thursday at 9:00AM on Avant Garde and Beyond, October 23, 2014.

2013-The world premiere of Adagio for Strings was performed by the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra (LSO), conducted by Maestro Dr. Glenn Klassen, on November 17th as part of their Master Series at Southminster Church, Lethbridge, Alberta.

2013-The world premiere of Adagio for Strings was performed by the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra (LSO), conducted by Maestro Dr. Glenn Klassen, on November 17th as part of their Master Series at Southminster Church, Lethbridge, Alberta.

2013- Avant-Garde & Beyond #42 hosted by Piotr Grella-Mozejko on CJSR Radio 88.5 FM Edmonton with additional broadcasts in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, St. John's, New York, the UK, Central Europe, and Australia presented Waves (2006) performed by the University of Lethbridge Contemporary Music Ensemble found on the Cult Figures CD (2010).

2013-Avant-Garde & Beyond #101 hosted by Piotr Grella-Mozejko on CJSR Radio 88.5 FM Edmonton with additional broadcasts in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, St. John's, New York, the UK, Central Europe, and Australia presented the following works: Six Miniatures (1982) performed by Don Ross (clarinet) and Roger Admiral (piano); System 2.3/7 (2006, electronic) found on the Cult Figures CD; Waves (2006) performed by the University of Lethbridge Contemporary Music Ensemble also from the Cult Figures CD; Wind Shadows (2012) performed by Sarah Gieck (flute); the Elusiveness of Certainty (2012, electronic); and Experiment IV (2012, electronic).

2012-Children's Window, a collection of piano music was performed by Glen Montgomery at the University of Lethbridge as part of the Faculty Music Recital Series, November 6th and at North Island College, Courtney B.C., November 10th.

2012-Wind Shadows for flute and electronics and Elusiveness of Certainty were presented at the University of Lethbridge as part of the Faculty Music Recital Series, October 30th.

2012-Wind Shadows for flute and electronics was selected to be part of the Canada Mix for the 60x60 Canadian Mix comprised of composers, musicians and sound artists from Canada. The mix was presented in Montreal, Halifax and Los Angeles from November 2012 to February 2012. The work was also presented at a University of Lethbridge Faculty Music Recital Series on October 30th.

2012-Elusiveness of Certainty was selected by the New Music Edmonton Society and presented on November 17 as part of the Edmonton New Music Festival. The work was also presented at a University of Lethbridge, Faculty Music Recital Series on October 30.

2012-System 2.3/7 was presented at the Academy of Music in Kraków, Poland for the Swietokrzyskie Dni Muzyki in Kielce State 2012 (April 19th), and the Conservatory of Classical and Contemporary Music in Athens Greece (May 5th). Experimental film and lectures by Piotr Grella-Mozejko accompanied the electronic presentation.

2011-Performed a recital of 8 piano works at the Canadian National Conservatory of Music Conference in Forest Hills, ON, July 18.

2011-Waves (2006) was performed by the Rubbing Stone Ensemble in a concert featuring works for percussion ensemble with guest virtuoso percussionist Aiyun Huang. The concert took place on Thursday, April 21 at the Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary.

2010-System 2.3/7 was presented in Berlin as part of the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Elektroakustische Musik at the KlangWelten HörZeit-SpielRaum (July 1st) and at the Kulturhaus Mitte (August 21st) as part of their international electronic music series. The computer-assisted composition was also presented by the Edmonton's Ensemble Mujirushi with video and dance on their 'Smash the Mainstream' European tour. Nov. 18-28.

2008-The Edmonton Composers' Concert Society released the CD entitled Cult Figures: Anthology of Canadian Electroacoustic Music which includes Waves (2006), a live electroacoustic recording, and System 2.3/7 (1985), a remastered and digitally remixed work originally produced using a CMI Fairlight.

In The Media


TONUS VIVUS CD "CULT FIGURES"
ON NAXOS' TOP 15 RELEASES in 2010!

(Edmonton, AB) Tonus Vivus - Society for New Music's CD, "Cult Figures: Electroacoustic Music from Canada", has been chosen by Naxos America as one of the best CDs of 2010! The disk, released on Centrediscs in 2008, and now available internationally (including iTunes) features 11 compositions by the Society's members.

The disc offers a thoroughly assembled collection of Canadian electroacoustic music spanning over four decades, from Michael Horwood's Monday Afternoon of 1966, cre-ated using some of the earliest techniques developed in the electroacoustic field, to Ian Crutchley's technologically advanced Arco/Lyrically, realized in 2008. In addition to these two pieces, the listener will find on "Cult Figures" music by such composers as Reinhard von Berg (after whose work the CD is named), Rolf Boon, Aris Carastathis, Piotr Grella-Mozejko, Michael Matthews, Robert Morin, Don Ross, and Helve Sastok. All of them are individual statements, which, to quote the liner notes, "encapsulate all of the species and genres in the entire spectrum of electroacoustic music history, from the early 'slice and splice' tape techniques … to computer-generated synthesis". This aes-thetic variety makes "Cult Figures" not only fascinating to listen to, but also highly in-structive, perfect both for private recording libraries and schools.

The Naxos America staff are enthusiastic about the disk, referring to it as, simply, "AWESOME", the opinion shared by those Naxos customers who have already sampled the music: "a highly recommended collection that will take the adventurous listener on a rewarding musical journey, one in which the navigational signposts are grounded in defiantly non-traditional notions of harmony, melody and rhythm".

Research Interests

Research/creative activities: computer assisted composition, film music, and sonic art.


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