Between Freedom and Fixity

Artistic Reflections on Composition and Improvisation

Researcher:
Ilya Ziblat Shay
Supervising team:
Prof. Marcel Cobussen (promotor), Prof. Richard Barrett (promotor)
Musician type:
composer, strings
Keywords:
composition, fixed, indeterminacy, systematic approach
Duration:
Started in 2011
Century:
20th century music

researcher

Abstract

Between Freedom and Fixity: Artistic Reflections on Composition and Improvisation is Ilya Ziblat Shay's practice-based research project. Four of Ziblat's compositions are discussed as musical models that integrate freedom and fixity, presenting (musically) tangible forms of the two concepts. Different approaches to notation, improvisation, performance, and electronic music are presented, and the research also draws on extra-musical notions in order to extend the direct practice-based context. By exploring the possible functions of freedom and fixity as they exist in composition this research aims to be relevant not only to musicians and scholars but also to listeners in general.

The online dissertation combines the text with audio, video, and score samples, and is available on freedomandfixity.com.

Related events

10 December 2019 (19.30)

PhD Concert Ilya Ziblat Shay

Between Freedom and Fixity: Artistic Reflections on Composition and Improvisation

Concert as part of the PhD Defence by Ilya Ziblat Shay.

Stations and Journeys, ensemble piece performed by ensemble Modelo62

Slil, for viola and electronics performed by Maya Felixbrodt and Ilya Ziblat.

11 December 2019 (15.00)

PhD Defense Ilya Ziblat Shay

Between Freedom and Fixity: Artistic Reflections on Composition and Improvisation

On December 11 Ilya Ziblat Shay will publicly defend his thesis at the University of Leiden.