Paulo Chagas

Paulo Chagas

Professor, Music

  • B.M., University of São Paulo, Brazil
  • M. A., Conservatorie Royal de Musique de Liège, Belgium
  • Ph.D., 2003, University of Liège, Belgium

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Professor Chagas was born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil and is composer, theoretician and researcher in music technology.

Professor Chagas has composed more than 100 pieces - ballet music, operas, musical theater works, multimedia works, pieces for orchestra, instrumental and vocal ensembles, electronic and computer music. His works have been performed in Europe, Russia, the USA, and Latin America to both public and critical acclaim.Chagas worked for ten years (1990-99) as Sound Director of the Studio for Electronic Music of the WDR (West German Radio and Television Broadcasting) where he conducted extensive research into electronic and computer music, algorithmic composition, interactivity, multimedia and sound spatialization. He also wrote music software and special computer applications for musical analysis and composition. As a visiting lecturer, he taught at the Conservatory of Music and at the University of Liège. From 1996-2004 he belonged to the Board of Directors of the CRFMW (Musical Research Center of Wallonie, Liège).Paulo C. Chagas has been invited to take part in international festivals in Europe and the USA. He has been a member of competition juries and selection committees and has given lectures and presented papers in conferences in several countries. In 1996, his work Eshu: la porte des enfers (the Gates of Hell) was performed by the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York. In 1999, his Techno-opera RAW was premiered by the Opera Bonn. 2004 his orchestra piece Radiance was premiered by the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra.In the past few years, Chagas has been commissioned by festivals (Ars Musica, MusikTriennale, Witten, Moscow Autumn), theaters (Theaterhaus Stuttgart, National Theater Weimar, Oper Bonn), research institutions (BEC - Bonn Research Centre for Computer Media, CRFMW - Musical Research Center of Wallonie, Liège), ensembles and musicians.His theoretical work focuses on subjects like musical semiotics, music and media philosophy (Wittgenstein), new media, and music technology. Chagas is presently working on research about gesture and interactivity, involving the use of sensors and the relationship between sound, image and movement. He is also developing a topology of sound cognition based on the theory of autopoiesis.