Celebrating the Music and Legacy
of Iannis Xenakis
May 24–25, 2013

The Fields Institute, together with the Perimeter Institute and the Institute for Quantum Computing in Waterloo present a two-day festival of contemporary string quartet, percussion, and electroacoustic music, together with lectures and discussion on the impact of Xenakis's work

Daniel Hambleton

Daniel Hambleton is a mathematician working in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. In 2009 he helped start the Studio for Progressive Modelling (SPM), a service provided by Yolles, a CH2M HILL company, that combines expertise in structural engineering, mathematics, and computation to solve complex problems in architecture. In 2012, he founded MESH, a Toronto-based consulting firm that specializes in implementing new research and technology in the digital design industry. Daniel has worked on projects both locally and abroad, collaborated with established and emerging architects, organized Architecture In Combination, an interdisciplinary discussion series, lectured at the University of Toronto, presented at international conferences, and generally been incorrigibly interested in the interaction between mathematics, engineering, and architecture. Read Daniel Hambleton's talk abstract
James Harley

James Harley is a Canadian composer presently based in Ontario, where he teaches at the University of Guelph. He obtained his doctorate in composition at McGill University in 1994, after spending six years composing and studying music in Europe (London, Paris, Warsaw). His music has been awarded prizes in Canada, USA, UK, France, Poland, Japan, and has been performed and broadcast around the world. He has been commissioned by, among others, Codes d'Accès, Continuum, ECM, Hammerhead Consort, Kappa, Kore, New Music Concerts, Oshawa-Durham Symphony, Open Ears Festival, Polish Society for New Music, and Vancouver Bach Choir. He composes music for acoustic forces as well as electroacoustic media, with a particular interest in multi-channel audio. As a researcher, Harley has written extensively on contemporary music. His book, Xenakis: His Life in Music (Routledge) was published in 2004. Read James Harley's talk abstract
Sharon Kanach

American musician Sharon Kanach has lived in France for over thirty years. She originally went to Paris as a student to study with Nadia Boulanger but her path diverted radically when she met Iannis Xenakis (1922 – 2001), with whom she collaborated closely for the last twenty years of his life, especially on his extensive writings. Originally as translator then later as General Editor of the Iannis Xenakis Series at Pendragon Press, Kanach has published six Xenakis-related books in English. Since June 2007, Kanach has been co-vice-president of the newly reestablished Centre Iannis Xenakis (formerly CCMIX and Ateliers UPIC, originally created by Xenakis in 1985 in Paris), now based at the Université de Rouen. In January 2009, Sharon Kanach became the founding director of the Xenakis Project of the Americas, under the prestigious auspices of the Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation at the Graduate Center of CUNY. Read Sharon Kanach's talk abstract
John Mighton

John Mighton is a mathematician, author, playwright, and the founder of JUMP Math. He completed a Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Toronto. He is currently a Fellow of the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences and has also taught mathematics at the University of Toronto. John also lectured in philosophy at McMaster University, where he received a Masters in Philosophy.

His plays have been performed across Canada, Europe, Japan, and the United States. He has won several national awards including the Governor General's Literary Award for Drama, the Dora Award, the Chalmers Award and the Siminovitch Prize. In 2004, John was granted an Ashoka Fellowship as a social entrepreneur for his work with JUMP Math. John was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2010.