Paolo C. Chagas


Brazilian composer. Born in Salvador (Brazil) in 1953. Studied at the Universidade de São Paulo and later with Henri Pousseur at the Conservatoire royal de Liège and the Université de Liège, Belgium. He then turned his focus toward electronic music, studying at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, and earned his Ph.D. in Musicology in 2003, Université de Liège. 
He taught as a visiting lecturer at the Université de Liège in 1991–93, and at the Conservatoire royal de Liège in 1995–96. As sound director and composer-in-residence at the Studio for Electronic Music at WDR Radio Köln in the 1990s, Paulo C. Chagas conducted research in computer music, algorithmic composition, electronic music, interactivity, multimedia, and sound spatialization. He served as a member of the board of directors of the Centre Henri Pousseur in Liège in 1996–2004, and was musical director and composer-in-residence of the Bonn Research Center of Computer Media in Germany. In 2004–2008, Chagas was Assistant Professor of Composition before being promoted to Professor of Composition in 2008, at the University of California, Riverside. He founded and direct the state-of-the-art Experimental Acoustic Research Studio (EARS).
Paulo C. Chagas has created over 160 works including operas, ballets, orchestral, chamber, and choral pieces, works for percussion, solo instruments, electroacoustic, and multimedia. His scholarly activity has organically evolved alongside his artistic career. He has written a significant number of book chapters, journal articles, and proceedings in his four languages of English, Portuguese, German, 
and French. His book, Unsayable Music (Leuven University Press, 2014), develops in great detail the main themes of his research, which include electroacoustic and digital music, musical semiotics, and philosophy.