Sweden’s Åke Parmerud, born in 1953, has been professionally active as a composer since his early twenties. He studied at the Gothenburg Music Conservatory, after having worked as a professional photographer from 1972 to 1974. His list of works includes instrumental music as well as electro-acoustic compositions, multimedia, video and music for theater and film. It is his electro-acoustic music, however, that has gained international interest as well as numerous festival prizes, including awards at the Bourges Festival (12 total, first in 1978), Prix Ars Electronica (1990, 1994), Prix Noroit (1991), Metamorphosis Festival (Belgium), and the Stockholm Electronic Arts Award (1993). He has released 2 CDs and 3 LPs, one of which earned a Grammy award for the best classical CD in Sweden (Invisible Music, 1995).In 1997, his piece "Grains of Voices" was performed in the New York headquarters during the United Nations day; the same piece was nominated in 2006 for the Nordic Music Award.
Parmerud has composed a number of works commissioned by international institutions in Holland, France, Germany, Norway and Denmark, and also works as a stage performer, doing live electroacoustic music with different kinds of interactive instruments. Other projects include artistic direction for large audiovisual events, concert design, and sound and software designer for innovative interactive audio/visual installations, including his own interactive installations. Parmerud has also recently started a dance/media company called "The Seventh Sense" together with Canadian/Swedish choreographer Mireille Leblanc, creating interactive sound/video performances (see www.youtube.com/akeparmerud). He is a member of The Royal Academy of Music since 1998, and teaches computer music and composition at the Lindbladstudio of Gothenburg University.
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