Martin Arnold

E-mail:  martinarnold@trentu.ca

Classes: CUST 3142H (FA), CUST3143H (WI), CUST 3542H (WI)

Martin Arnold is a composer and performer of music, an arts administrator, a writer and a teacher.  Martin studied in Edmonton, Banff and the Hague, and holds a Ph.D. in Music from the University of Victoria (British Columbia).  His primary instructors were Alfred Fisher, Frederic Rzewski, John Cage, Louis Andriessen, Gilius van Bergeijk, and Rudolf Komorous.  And, while at the University of Victoria, he studied visual art theory with Mowry Baden and Linda Gammon.

Martin’s compositions have been played nationally and internationally by performers/ensembles including Roger Admiral, Arraymusic, Aventa, Belladonna, The Burdocks, The California E.A.R. Unit, Stephen Clarke, Continuum, Les Coucous Bénévoles, Marc Couroux, Cowpaws, Ensemble Kore, Ensemble QAT, Eve Egoyan, Lori Freedman, Jürg Frey, Gay-Jordan Duo, Hemispheres, Marmots, Natalie Michaud-Alain Trudel-Geneviève Soly, the Modern Quartet, Motion, Opera Aperta, Cléo Palacio-Quintin, Helen Pridmore, Quatuor Bozzini, the rioT Trio, Sabat-Clarke Duo, Marc Sabat, Sound Pressure, Strange Companions, and Philip Thomas.

Martin is also an active member of Toronto’s improvisation and experimental jazz/roots/rock communities performing on live electronics, banjo, melodica, guitar, and hurdy-gurdy.  In particular, he performs and records with Eric Chenaux in a number contexts and is electric guitarist in the Ryan Driver Quartet.

Martin performs on a number of internationally distributed recordings released by labels such as Constellation, Fire (U.K.), Beniffer Editions and Rat-drifting, and has two albums entirely devoted to his compositions in print:  Tam Lin on Autumn Records (Vermont) and Aberrare on Collection QB/DAME (Montréal).