Composer: Zack Settel
Composer Bio: Zack Settel was born in 1957 and raised in the New York area. He received a BFA in Music Composition from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), where he studied composition with Leonard Stein, Morton Subotnick, Mel Powell, and Morton Feldman. Keenly interested in the use of technology in music production/performance, Settel moved to Paris in 1986, with a Fulbright Scholarship for computer music research and composition at the Institute for Research and the Coordination of Acoustics and Music (IRCAM), headed by Pierre Boulez. After a two-year composing residency there, Settel remained at IRCAM until 1995, working full-time in the music production and music research groups. In 1997 Settel returned to North America, where he was a professor at McGill University in Canada for two years, chairing the Music Technology area, and teaching courses and graduate seminars in computer music. He also was a visiting professor of composition at the University of Montreal in 2001-02. . In addition to composing full time, Settel now is an associate professor in music composition at the UDM. He is also in (arts/science) collaboration with the Center for Intelligent Machines at McGill, working on immersive audio/music. Since 2003, Settel has directed the immersive audio research group at the Societé des Arts Technologiques (La SAT) in Montreal. Some of Settel's music includes the use of advanced live interactive electro-acoustic systems. He has composed chamber works, studio works, as well as music for film, video, television, theater, dance, and opera. His music is published by Editions Ambrioso (Paris), recorded on the CENTAUR, ICMA, MIT Press, and Empreints Digitales labels, and is performed regularly in North/South America and in Europe and Asia. Settel has composed music for Television and Film, and has worked with various performing ensembles including the Ensemble Intercontemporain (Paris), Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (Montréal), Zeitgeist (Minneapolis), the California Ear Unit (Los Angeles), and Chants Libres (Montréal).
Librettist: Wajdi Mouawad
Other Artistic Personnel: Claude Poissant (Stage Director)
Guillaume Lord (Set Designer)
François Roupinian (Lighting Designer)
Marie-Pierre Fleury (Costume Designer)
Jacques-Lee Pelletier (Make-up)
Original Cast: Ethel Gueret (Julie)
Lysianne Tremblay (Marie-Marie/Death)
Patrick Mallette (The Psychiatrist/Death)
Bernard Levasseur (The Dog/Death)
Cludine Ledoux (The Moon/Death)
Musicians: Julien Gregoire, percussion; Guy Pelletier, Flute
Premiere Date: December 01, 2002
Producing Company: Chants Libres, Compagnie lyrique de création
Description: Little Julie has been found after a three-week disappearance. The psychologist interrogates her, trying to find out why she and her dog were hiding in her grandmother's cellar at the foot of her grandmother's corpse. Why does the girl refuse to speak?
Reviews: François Tousignant, Le Devoir, December 2002; Eve Dumas, La Presse, December 2002; Dominique Lachance, Le joournal de Montreal, December 2002
Video Clip:
Length: 00:45
Total Acts: Not Available
Orchestration: fl - perc - electroacoustic music
Musical Style: Opera for children 8-12 years old
Contact: Chants Libres
Address: Usine C, 1908 Panet, bureau 303
Montreal, QC H2L 3A2 Canada
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Phone: 514-841-2642
The Opera Fund Awardee Information
Award Category: 2002 Canadian Opera Creation F Production
Project Name: PACAMAMBO
Awardee: Chants Libres
Director: Claude Poissant
Audio Visual Materials

From left to right: Patrick Mallette, Claudine Ledoux, Éthel Guéret, Lysianne Tremblay, Bernard Levasseur
Courtesy of: Chants Libres; Photo credit: Yves Dubé

From left to right: Éthel Guéret, Bernard Levasseur, Claudine Ledoux, Lysianne Tremblay
Courtesy of: Chants Libres; Photo credit: Yves Dubé

From left to right: Patrick Mallette, Claudine Ledoux, Éthel Guéret, Lysianne Tremblay, Bernard Levasseur
Courtesy of: Chants Libres; Photo credit: Yves Dubé

From left to right: Lysianne Tremblay
Courtesy of: Chants Libres; Photo credit: Yves Dubé
Schedule of Performances Listings
Pacamambo (Settel)
Wednesday, September 21, 2005 - Chants Libres
Pacamambo (Settel)
Friday, October 17, 2003 - Chants Libres
Pacamambo (Settel)
Wednesday, May 7, 2003 - Chants Libres
Pacamambo (Settel)
Sunday, December 1, 2002 - Chants Libres
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