Sweden-born Örjan Sandred founded the Desautels Faculty of Music's Studio FLAT- a studio for computer music research and production at UM. He teaches composition, computer-assisted composition, and electro-acoustic music.

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Performance highlights

Sandred’s music is performed worldwide. Recent performances include the premiere of Konzert für Konzerthaus for the Wave Field Synthesis loudspeaker system at the Detmold concert hall in Germany, and a portrait concert at the Concert hall in Uppsala, Sweden (broadcast on Swedish National Radio and Rádio e Televisão de Portugal). Canadian events include being featured as the resident composer at the SALT New Music Festival in Victoria, and his latest string quartet having been premiered by the German ensemble Klangforum Heidelberg during their 2018 Canadian tour. In January 2019, two of his compositions were performed at a Groundswell New Music Concert in Winnipeg, and in 2020, Sandred released his album Sonic Trails.

Ongoing research and creative works

Sandred has established himself as a composer of both instrumental and computer music. He has composed music for both Canadian performers, such as the Harrington/Loewen Duo ("Ice Fog" for saxophone, piano and live electronics), and Sarah Jo Kirsch ("A Ghazal" for soprano and live electronics).

He had also received international commissions from the Swedish Concert Institute, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, and others. In recent years Örjan has composed a series of pieces with live electronics; including solo parts for oboe, percussion, saxophone, piano, violin, cello, and voice. Among his larger compositions are “Lament for Humanity” for symphony orchestra, and a solo concerto for Yamaha Wind Controller and Symphony Orchestra. He is currently working on a commission for pipe organ and live electronics, commissioned by Professor Hans-Ola Ericsson at McGill university.