Lecture-performance R&C : John MacCallum & Teoma Naccarato

  • Friday 12 December 2014 12h00 - 13h00 (local time)

John MacCallum, composer & Teoma Naccarato, choreographer 

with  Bekah Edie, dancer

collaboration with Jean Bresson and RepMus team and Emmanuel Flety engineer

Choreography and Composition of Internal Time

As a part of the musical research residency at IRCAM for Fall 2014, composer John MacCallum and choreographer Teoma Naccarato are engaged in early research and development for an evening-length production.  In this performance with 12 dancers and 12 musicians, ECG data from the dancers is used as an underlying clock for each musician, in order to inform a poly-temporal composition for live ensemble with electronics.

This lecture demonstration will discuss the design of a facile choreographic and compositional environment for real-time interaction with biosensors, as well as questions regarding internal and external perception and interaction.  MacCallum and Naccarato will outline ongoing technical and performance-based experiments that integrate biosensors with breath, movement, and environmental stimuli to intervene in and transform in their collaborative creative process.

The session will also feature a short performance study for dancer Bekah Edie with live electronics, which explores correlations between cardiac, respiratory, and nervous activity, in order to impact intentional arcs in heart activity - and therefore musical tempo - over time.


John MacCallum


John MacCallum is a composer based, since 2004, in Oakland, CA. From 2008–2011 he held a position as Musical Applications Programmer at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT). While there, he designed a number of software tools including one useful for composing and performing music with multiple, independent, smoothly-varying tempos, which resulted in his composition aberration (2010) for percussion trio, the recording of which was supported by a grant from the American Composer’s Forum, and Delicate Texture of Time (2012–13) for eight players commissioned by the Eco Ensemble with a grant from the Mellon Foundation. In addition to his interest in polytemporal music, MacCallum’s compositional work is heavily reliant on technology both as a compositional tool and as an integral aspect of the performance of a piece. His works often employ carefully constrained algorithms that are allowed to evolve differently and yet predictably each time they are performed.

John holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D. in Music Composition), McGill University (M.M. in Composition), and the University of the Pacific (B.M. in Composition/Theory).


Teoma Naccarato


Teoma Naccarato is a contemporary dancer, choreographer, educator, and scholar based in Montreal, Canada. Naccarato received an MFA in Dance and Technology at the Ohio State University in 2011, and a BFA in Contemporary Dance at Concordia University in 2004. Naccarato’s creations integrate contemporary dance with responsive video, audio and sensor technologies to explore vulnerability and intimacy in embodied and virtual interactions.

Since 2004 Naccarato Dance has shared work across Canada, the United States, South America, and Europe, with recent presentations at the Hemispheric Institute Encuentro (Montreal 2014), the Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival (Chicago 2014), the ReNew Digital Arts Festival (Copenhagen, Denmark (2013), and the TimeWave International (Cyber) Festival (London, UK 2013).  Naccarato is involved with interactive media and movement research at the Centre for New Music and Audio Technologies at UC Berkeley (2013-present), the Topological Media Lab at Concordia University (2011-2014), and the Experimental Media and Movement Arts Lab at the Ohio State University (2010-2011).


Free, places limited