David Ogborn
David Ogborn


November 2007

David  Ogborn  

guitar, composer, electronics

Freely traversing borders and genres, David Ogborn is a composer, guitarist and performer of electronic sound and video.  At the centre of his work is the combination of traditional performance arts with electronic elements — whether these be recordings of diverse outdoor environments around the world, improvisations on a laptop or altered guitar, video projections influenced by live musical gestures, or massive synthesized sounds on immersive arrays of loudspeakers.
Emigrating to Canada from South Australia as a child, Ogborn's earliest professional experiences came as a guitarist in Winnipeg's thriving jazz scene.  His compositional mentors have included Michael Matthews at the University of Manitoba, Yves Daoust at the Centre d'Arts Orford and Christos Hatzis at the University of Toronto, where he completed a doctorate in 2006.  His ongoing study of the life and works of Luigi Nono has also been a formative influence — especially the Italian composer's life-long insistence that music be a moment of challenge and transformation with an impact on culture beyond the concert hall.
Ogborn's work is performed across Canada, the United States and Europe by a diverse and expanding group of virtuoso musicians and ensembles, including the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, New Adventures in Sound Art, and Tapestry New Opera.  His live electronic music for Fritz Lang's silent film Metropolis was a special event at the Esprit Orchestra's 2007 New Wave festival, and 2008's Opera On The Rocks (created with librettists Leanna Brodie, Dave Carley, Lisa Codrington and Krista Dalby) was a smash hit at the Toronto Fringe Festival, sold out 11 of 13 Toronto shows, received 4 Ns (stars) from Now magazine, and was included among the Toronto Star's 2008 list of "boffo opera". 
Ogborn teaches audio and interaction technologies at McMaster University (Hamilton) in the Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia (in the undergraduate program in Multimedia and the graduate program in Communications and New Media).  He is the president of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC), an Associate of the Canadian Music Centre, and a founding member of the (Toronto) and audio collectives.

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