1. Faculty

MaryClare Brzytwa

Executive Director, Technology and Applied Composition

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“Maybe electrified female angst and all the beautiful things that spring from it floats your kayak. Then Oakland local MaryClare Brzytwa (‘brist wahh’, Polish) will transport you to netherworlds containing dark and twisty dimensions using a looped flute and custom computer programs that turn her devices into automaton improvisers, with a twist.” —San Francisco Weekly

COURSES TAUGHT

  • Production Techniques in Logic Pro X
  • Building Applications for Music (Max/MSP)
  • Production Techniques in Ableton Live
  • Live Performance with Electronics

EDUCATION

  • MFA, California Institute of the Arts
  • BA, Mills College

AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS

  • STEIM, studio for electro instrumental music, Cal Arts Residency, Amsterdam Netherlands, 2010
  • Artist-in-Residence, Laboratoire Village Nomade, Switzerland, 2007
  • Associate Artist-in-Residence, Atlantic Center for the Arts: Florida, 2007
  • CalArts Research Grant, 2011
  • Mills College Research Grant, 2006
  • Cleveland Music School Settlement Concerto Competition Winner, 1999

What is your hometown?

Lakewood, OH

What is your favorite recording?

The Dreaming by Kate Bush.

What are you passionate about outside of music?

Cooking, technology, and politics.

Who were your major teachers?

Fred Frith, Marc Lowenstein, and Rachel Rudich.

What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?

“Work hard, play hard!”

What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?

“What are your expectations?”

What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue music as a career?

I can’t remember one. I have only wanted to pursue music my entire life.

What was a turning point in your career?

Curating “Radio Village Nomade” a field recording website for filmmaker, Werner Penzel. It was kind of like Sound Cloud 10 years before Sound Cloud existed and it invited people to remix each other’s music. It was an early example of a social music making platform. The result was the creation of a unique online musical community which existed across physical borders and genres. (pre-SoundCloud and allowing remixing). It was there that I realized my potential as a producer and creative thought leader.

If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?

I'd be a project manager in media production.

What is your daily practice routine?

Flute in the morning / electronic music in the evening.

If you could play only three composers for the rest of your life, who would they be?

Debussy, Björk, and Beyonce.

What are your most important collaborations?

Dominique Leone, Wobbly, and my Brzytwa/Robinson/Lewis trio

Who are three students you have had the privilege of teaching?

Youyou Cheng, Jana Ma, and Lauren Urroz.

What recordings can we hear you on?

Records by artists of high notoriety such as The Boredoms, Matmos, Dominique Leone, and Lindstrøm. I have also performed in the films This Moment is Not the Same and Room 237.

What is your unrealized project?

My Arduino Flute Controller piece.

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