Ewa Trębacz

b. 1973, Kraków


Ewa Trębacz is a Polish-American composer and media artist, currently living in Seattle. She received her Ph.D. in 2010 from the University of Washington, Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS), where she studied computer music with Richard Karpen and Juan Pampin, and experimental video with Shawn Brixey. Her works range from purely instrumental compositions, to compositions with computer realized sound with live performance,  soundtracks for animated films, and experimental stereoscopic video. Her current artistic explorations are oriented towards immersive media. She often uses space as a catalyst for improvisation, working through Ambisonic recording sessions in acoustically inspiring spaces.

Ewa Trębacz at USC (2011). Photo: Brian King

Ms. Trębacz comes from Kraków, where she studied music from an early age. She earned her first music degree from the Karłowicz School of Music, specializing in violin performance. She continued her music education at the Academy of Music in Kraków, where she studied composition with composer, musicologist and music theoretician, Bogusław Schaeffer, graduating with a Master’s degree in 1999. Ewa Trębacz also studied at  the Academy of Economics in Kraków. She has also been collaborating with animation artists from the Kraków Academy of Fine Arts since 1998, creating music and sound design for short films. Ms. Trębacz’s works have been performed, recorded and broadcast around the world. She has been commissioned by music festivals, such as the Klangspuren Festival in Austria and the International Contemporary Music Festival Warsaw Autumn in Poland. In 2009, her work things lost things invisible for ambisonic space and orchestra, received a prestigious recommendation of the 56th UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers in Paris, which resulted in multiple radio broadcasts on four continents. Currently, Dr. Trębacz is an instructor at the University of Washington, DXARTS teaching 3D video and immersive media courses. Her recent projects are based on the idea of the separation and manipulation of spatial cues, both visual and sonic, in order to design a game of illusions, to create a continuum between the synthetic and live sources, and to challenge the borders of perceptual limitations.

Her works have been presented, performed and broadcast in over 30 countries on four continents. She has been a recipient of stipends and grants from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation / USArtists International, the City of Kraków, and the Polish Ministry of Culture and Art, as well as commissions from the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków, Poland (1998-2005), the Klangspuren Festival in Austria (2005), the International Contemporary Music Festival “Warsaw Autumn” (2007), Polish Composers’ Union (2012), the University of Washington School of Drama (2015), and Seattle Modern Orchestra (2016). In 2009, her work things lost things invisible for Ambisonic space and orchestra, received a prestigious recommendation from the 56th UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers in Paris, associated with the International Music Council and representing 27 radio stations from around the world.

Her monographic CD, including two chamber works and three orchestral works, was released in 2013 by the Polish Radio, Polish Composers’ Union and Polish Music Information Center (polmic.pl).


Selected Compositions

The Alphabet Calendar of Amergin for soprano and alto (1992)
N.N. (mp3) for violin and vibraphone (1993)
Grid for 3 flutes (1993)
Koncha (mp3) for oboe, cello and electronic media (1994)
Immiscibly for 3 trombones (1994)
Chaconne for violin solo (1994)
Konki Periq for oboe and 19 string instruments (1994)
Larghetto for string trio with electronics (1996)
Il Fonte Adamantino for string quartet and vocal ensemble (1996)
Wind Septet for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet and trombone (1997)
Lux Aeterna for mixed chorus a cappella (1998)
Libera me for mixed chorus a cappella (1998)
Nescio Quid mixed chorus a cappella (1998)
Aletheia for string orchestra (2000)
Augenblick for symphonic wind ensemble and two amplified pianos (2001)
Spinning Zone for percussion trio and computer-realized sound (2003)
Chordochromies for harpsichord and computer-realized sound (2003)
Ephemerae for symphonic wind ensemble (2005)
Minotaur for horn and surrounded sound (2005)
things lost things invisible for ambisonic space and orchestra (2007)
Errai for immersive audiovisual space (2009)
ANC’L’SUNR a spatial soundscape with orchestra in the foreground (2012)
ANC’L’SUNR [remix] for 3D sound (2013)
Iriviskia for violin and horn with computer-realized surround sound (2015)
Ligeia for invisible soprano, ensemble and surround sound (2016)
Phantasmagoria for flute, accordion, violin and surround sound (2017)

Film and Video Music

Portret we wnętrzu [Interior Portrait], dir. Robert Sowa (1999)
Limbo [digital video] (2003)
Curriculum vitae [digital video] (2005)
Sequence, dir. Robert Sowa (2007)
Meine Heimat, dir. Robert Sowa (2012)



Composer’s Official Site 


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