Biography // Biografia

Jaime Reis

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Jaime Reis (n. 1983) é um compositor português.
Estudou Composição e Música Electroacústica com João Pedro Oliveira, Emmanuel Nunes e K. Stockhausen. Continuou os seus estudos de doutoramento na Universidade Nova de Lisboa em Etnomusicologia.
O pensamento musical de Jaime Reis é informado pelo seu grande interesse pela investigação em ciências naturais e pela sua permanente atenção às tradições musicais - e, de facto, espirituais - asiáticas.
Um dos seus focos é a dinâmica das formas, forças e fluxos em música. Explora percursos polifónicos espaciais através de sistemas de som imersivos em forma de cúpula.
Outra característica marcante da sua música é a presença de conceitos complexos que sustentam a construção das suas peças, muito embora não distraindo o ouvinte da sua beleza sensível. As ideias funcionam como funções ocultas que, apesar do seu rigor intelectual, geram formas musicais voluptuosas.
Jaime Reis é professor de Composição e Música Electroacústica na Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa (ESML) e investigador no Instituto de Etnomusicologia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa. É director artístico do Projecto DME e do Lisboa Incomum, que desenvolvem uma intensa actividade de investigação e criação de música erudita contemporânea.
A sua música foi tocada em todo o mundo por ensembles e músicos como Christophe Desjardins, Pierre-Yves Artaud, Aida-Carmen Soanea, Ana Telles, ensemble Fractales, Ensemble Horizonte, Grupo de Música Contemporânea de Lisboa, Machina Lírica, Orchestre de Flûtes Français e Aleph Gitarrenquartett.

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Jaime Reis is a Portuguese composer who studied with Karlheinz Stockhausen and with Emmanuel Nunes (his Ph.D. co-advisor), after studying Composition and Electronic Music with J.P.Oliveira. He is the founder and artistic director of Projecto DME and of Lisboa Incomum. His music, both instrumental and electroacoustic, has been performed in over 20 countries. He has worked with institutions/ensembles such as ZKM, IRCAM, Musik Fabrik, The Vienna Acousmatic Project, Aleph Guitar Quartet, Musiques & Recherches. He is a Professor of composition and electronic music at the Lisbon College of Music (ESML).
retrieved from jaimereis.pt; last update: May 2020

Jaime Reis

by Monika Streitová; May 2020

Jaime Reis (b. 1983) is a Portuguese composer.
He studied Composition and Electroacoustic Music with João Pedro Oliveira, Emmanuel Nunes, and K. Stockhausen. He continued his Ph.D. Studies at Nova University in Ethnomusicology.
Reis’ music is informed by both his keen interest in cutting-edge research in the natural sciences and his abiding attention to Asian musical - and indeed spiritual - traditions.
One of his focuses is the dynamics of forms, forces, and fluxes in music. He explores spatial polyphonic paths through dome-shaped immersive sound systems.
Another striking feature of his music is the presence of fairly complex concepts that underpin the construction of his pieces, whilst not in any manner distracting from their sensible beauty. Ideas work as hidden functions which, their intellectual rigor notwithstanding, generate voluptuous musical forms.
Reis is a Professor of Composition and Electroacoustic Music in the Lisbon College of Music (ESML), and a researcher at the Nova Institute of Ethnomusicology. He is the artistic director of Projecto DME and of Lisboa Incomum, both of which develop an intense activity of research and creation in contemporary music.
His music has been performed worldwide by ensembles and musicians such as Christophe Desjardins, Pierre-Yves Artaud, Aida-Carmen Soanea, Ana Telles, Ensemble Fractales, Ensemble Horizonte, Grupo de Música Contemporânea de Lisboa, Machina Lírica, Orchestre de Flûtes Français and Aleph Gitarrenquartett.

Monika Streitová, flutist and Professor at the University of Évora
retrieved from jaimereis.pt; last update: May 2020

Jaime Reis

by Monika Streitová; May 2020

Jaime Reis (b. 1983) is a Portuguese composer.
After studying Composition and Electroacoustic Music at the University of Aveiro (Portugal) with João Pedro Oliveira, he attended the Stockhausen Courses in Kürten (2003-2007) and worked closely with Emmanuel Nunes (2003-2012). Both experiences helped him shape his approach to music. He continued his Doctoral Studies at Nova University (Lisbon, Portugal) in Ethnomusicology, with Emmanuel Nunes as co-advisor until his passing in 2012.
Reis’ thinking is informed by both his keen interest in cutting-edge research in the natural sciences and his abiding attention to Asian musical - and indeed spiritual - traditions.
One of his focuses is the concept of space in music. In works such as “Fluxus, pas trop haut dans le ciel” and “Fluxus, Vortex – Schubkraft”, he explores spacial polyphonic paths through dome-shaped immersive sound systems; or in “Jeux de l'Espace”, he creates novel sounds with the use of a Parametric Loudspeaker Array, a stimulating technology that reproduces sound ultra-directionally.
Another striking feature of his music is the presence of fairly complex concepts that underpin the construction of his pieces, whilst not in any manner distracting from their sensible beauty. Ideas work as hidden functions which, their intellectual rigor notwithstanding, generate voluptuous musical forms. This is mostly developed in his works Sangue Inverso – Inverso Sangue, Omniscience is a Collective, Essence, Fluxus, and his Synthesis cycle.
Reis is a Professor of Composition and Electroacoustic Music at the Lisbon College of Music (ESML). He is also a researcher at the Institute of Ethnomusicology of the Nova University in Lisbon.
He has had residencies in studios such as ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (Germany, 2018-2019), Musiques et Recherches (Belgium, 2017), and Visby International Centre for Composers (Sweden, 2007). He has lectured on Composition and Electroacoustic Music in universities and academies such as HM Franz Liszt Weimar and Darmstädter Ferienkurse (Germany), Mozarteum Salzburg and The Vienna Acousmatic Project (Austria), Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Portugal), Academy of Music in Kraków (Poland), Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory (Russia), Keio University (Japan), i. a.
He is the artistic director of Projecto DME, an event that started in 2003 in Poland and that currently develops an intense activity in the contemporary art music and electroacoustic fields.
In 2017, Jaime Reis founded Lisboa Incomum, a concert space and transdisciplinary hub for experimentation and musical creation, research, and education, which hosts visiting artists from around the world.
His music has been performed worldwide by ensembles and musicians such as Christophe Desjardins, Pierre-Yves Artaud, Aida-Carmen Soanea, Ana Telles, Ensemble Fractales, Ensemble Horizonte, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Grupo de Música Contemporânea de Lisboa, Machina Lírica, Orchestre de Flûtes Français, Soli-Tutti Choir and Aleph Gitarrenquartett, in more than 200 concerts, festivals and events such as Hörfest and Weimarer Sommer (Austria); Initiative Neue Musik Berlin, Klangfroh – Dusseldorf and EviMus (Germany); Festival pour la Libération du Son et de l’Image, Futura Festival and Synthèse (France); Tempo Reale Festival and Confini mediterranei (Italy); ICMC (The Netherlands); Influx and Logos Foundation (Belgium); Audio Art Festival (Poland); Bass (Czech Republic); CIME (Russia); Electric Audio Unit (Norway); Electroacoustic WALES (UK); Festival de Música Contemporanea de Madrid and Barcelona Modern (Spain); Monaco Electroacoustique; New York Noise Gate Festival (USA), WASBE (China), i. a.

Monika Streitová, flutist and Professor at the University of Évora
retrieved from jaimereis.pt; last update: May 2020

Jaime Reis

by Monika Streitová; May 2020

I was asked to write something about my great friend, whom I admire very much. In my opinion, composer Jaime Reis (b. 1983) is one of the most talented and most active Portuguese composers of his generation with an intense international career. Admirably, it doesn't stop there. I do not know another musician and teacher in Portugal who cares so much about others - composers, performers, and students - and gives them opportunities to perform, record, and present their projects in various spaces (Conservatories, Higher Schools, Festivals, web pages…). The ability and willingness to serve is a very rare feature not only among musicians. For this reason, I am grateful for him and for his life.
Jaime Reis is a Professor of Composition and Electroacoustic Music at the Lisbon College of Music (ESML) and also a researcher at the Institute of Ethnomusicology of the New University in Lisbon. Before that, he has worked for many years as a teacher at the Conservatory (basic and secondary music education) in Seia, where he managed not only to present and teach students to appreciate contemporary music, but also created the conditions for secondary school students to start interpreting the pieces, and not just on basic and intermediary levels! To this day, he not only collaborates closely with the teachers of this conservatory but also invites worldwide recognized composers and musicians to Seia to work with students.
Jaime has had great opportunities to study with outstanding personalities - he concluded Composition and Electroacoustic Music at the University of Aveiro (Portugal) with João Pedro Oliveira, attended the Stockhausen Courses in Kürten (2003-2007), and worked closely with Emmanuel Nunes (2003-2012). Both experiences helped him shape his approach to music. He continued his Doctoral Studies at Nova University (Lisbon, Portugal) in Ethnomusicology, with Emmanuel Nunes as co-advisor until his passing in 2012.
He has had residencies in studios such as ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (Germany, 2018-2019), Musiques et Recherches (Belgium, 2017), and Visby International Centre for Composers (Sweden, 2007). He has lectured on Composition and Electroacoustic Music in universities and academies such as HM Franz Liszt Weimar and Darmstädter Ferienkurse (Germany), Mozarteum Salzburg and The Vienna Acousmatic Project (Austria), Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Portugal), Academy of Music in Kraków (Poland), Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory (Russia), Keio University (Japan), i. a.
Jaime is the artistic director of Projecto DME, an event that started in 2003 in Poland and that currently develops an intense activity in the contemporary art music and electroacoustic fields. When I asked composer Mariana Vieira, Jaime's closest collaborator, which month the concerts and lectures take place, I was astonished to learn that it runs throughout the year. It is something admirable and rare!
In 2017, Jaime founded Lisboa Incomum, a concert space and transdisciplinary hub for experimentation and musical creation, research, and education, which hosts visiting artists from around the world.
Electroacoustic Music will soon be seventy years old since its emergence, but it still needs to impact us. In music schools, it practically does not appear in the syllabus, for example. Jaime knows this situation and he is really exemplary in its dissemination.
A beautiful example of an opportunity given to young “electroacoustic musicians” is the contest created in Lisbon Uncommon by Mariana Vieira, who annually launches an edition of the contest “Competição Internacional de Interpretação EMSCAN/Lisboa Incomum”, whose imposed pieces are Jaime's pieces. This contest has two categories - youth, focused on his didactic pieces, and professional. It is a commendable endeavor!
His music has been performed worldwide by ensembles and musicians such as Christophe Desjardins, Pierre-Yves Artaud, Aida-Carmen Soanea, Ana Telles, Ensemble Fractales, Ensemble Horizonte, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Grupo de Música Contemporânea de Lisboa, Machina Lírica, Orchestre de Flûtes Français, Soli-Tutti Choir and Aleph Gitarrenquartett, in more than 200 concerts, festivals and events such as “Hörfest” and “Weimarer Sommer” (Austria); “Initiative Neue Musik Berlin”, “Klangfroh” – Dusseldorf and “EviMus” (Germany); “Festival pour la Libération du Son et de l’Image”, “Futura Festival and Synthèse “(France); “Tempo Reale Festival” and “Confini mediterranei” (Italy); ICMC (The Netherlands); “Influx” and “Logos” Foundation (Belgium); “Audio Art Festival” (Poland); “Bass” (Czech Republic); “CIME” (Russia); “Electric Audio Unit” (Norway); “Electroacoustic WALES” (UK); “Festival de Música Contemporanea de Madrid” and “Barcelona Modern” (Spain); “Monaco Electroacoustique”; “New York Noise Gate Festival” (USA), “WASBE” (China), i. a.
Reis’ thinking is informed by both his keen interest in cutting-edge research in the natural sciences and his abiding attention to Asian musical - and indeed spiritual - traditions.
One of his focuses is the concept of space in music. In works such as “Fluxus, pas trop haut dans le ciel” and “Fluxus, Vortex – Schubkraft”, he explores spacial polyphonic paths through dome-shaped immersive sound systems; or in “Jeux de l'Espace”, he creates novel sounds with the use of a Parametric Loudspeaker Array, a stimulating technology that reproduces sound ultra-directionally.
Another striking feature of his music is the presence of fairly complex concepts that underpin the construction of his pieces, whilst not in any manner distracting from their sensible beauty. Ideas work as hidden functions which, their intellectual rigor notwithstanding, generate voluptuous musical forms. This is mostly developed in his works Sangue Inverso – Inverso Sangue, Omniscience is a Collective, Essence, Fluxus, and his Synthesis cycle.
Anyone who has had the opportunity to hear or play pieces by Jaime Reis can confirm that his music has the ability to capture, dissolve and transfer us to another dimension through his own language, which does not remind us of anything we have heard so far. This music possesses a maximum condensation of intellectual and multidimensional / multisensorial contents and communicates through the perfect conjunction of non-daring acoustic / electroacoustic sounds. Its remarkable beauty manages to take us to the dimension in which Jaime lives, the time so measured and very full and intense - so as not to miss any moment of this journey.

Monika Streitová, flutist and Professor at the University of Évora
retrieved from jaimereis.pt; last update: May 2020

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