VANESSA MASSERA

PhD Researcher / Performance in Electroacoustic Music

Originating from Montréal, Vanessa has studied music her entire life. When she discovered electroacoustic music in college, she discovered a whole new means of expression and went on to pursue composition studies at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal with Yves Daoust and Martin Bédard. She has then received a Prize with Distinction upon completing her master’s in electroacoustic composition in 2013. She then moved to the UK to research performance in electroacoustic music, with the intention of completing a PhD at The University of Sheffield. Since 2011, her music is regularly heard in festivals around the world.

Dremen

Dremen

Acousmatic | 2013

Wrathful Vine

Wrathful Vine

Acousmatic | 2013

Bora

Bora

Acousmatic | 2011

Vie & mort de l’élégance

Vie & mort de l’élégance

Music for Choreography | 2012

Lames

Lames

Percussion & Fixed Media | 2010

Toreutique

Toreutique

Acousmatic | 2011

2015.
Stage d’interprétation spatialisée, Musiques & Recherches, Bruxelles
Analysis: Espace / Escape, CIRCUIT Musiques Contemporaines, UdeM
Sound as Being, Lancaster University / Wrathful Vine
Places we go — Places we’re from (Transatlantic tour, NAISA) / Wrathful Vine
NYCEMF, New York / Wrathful Vine
Sonorities, Belfast / Dremen
MANTIS Festival + NAISA, Manchester UK / Wrathful Vine

2014.
Sound Junction, Sheffield UK / Dremen
NAISA SOUNDplay, Toronto / Wrathful Vine
Started PhD research at The University of Sheffield
The CSUF Festival and the World Electro-Acoustic Listening Room (WEALR) / Bora & Wrathful Vine

2013.
Master’s completed, prize with distinction: Conservatoire de musique de Montréal
Honorary Mention: Destellos / Toreutique
Liverpool, UK. Music since 1900 Conference / Bora
Composer’s Workshop Residency at NAISA: soundscape and coding with Barry Truax and David Ogborn
Toronto, CA. T.E.S. (Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium), Sound Travels, Wireless9 / Bora
Belfast, Northern Ireland. Sonorities / Bora

2012.
CEC / Cache 2012 / Toreutique, released on compliation CD
Leeds, UK. iFIMPaC / Toreutique
Madrid, Spain. UNDÆ! / Toreutique

2011. Santiago & Valdivia, Chile. Ai-Maako / Toreutique

Vanessa works with sounds from every provenance and creates powerful imagery and often expresses environmental energy with very rich musical masses using delicate and precise composition. Her current preoccupations with dissemination of experimental music have brought her to explore the performance of electroacoustic music.