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Co-Artistic Director

Otter Bay Productions Inc
P.O. Box 72041
Vancouver, British Columbia V6R 4P2
Canada

Company Description: Music of Robert Minden Duo and Ensemble. audiophile recordings, live performance, arts education, workshops.
Background

Employment History

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology
    University Of California at Santa Cruz
  • Duo
  • Ensemble
    Robert Minden Ensemble
  • Royal Conservatory of Music

Education

  • University of California at Berkeley
  • University of Toronto
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Web References
Robert Minden Duo
www.lostsound.com, 14 Nov 2013 [cached]
Robert MINDEN’s background in diverse disciplines inform his work as a storyteller, composer, photographer and teacher. After studying classical piano and composition at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto he went on to pursue a career in sociology. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the University of California at Berkeley. As a sociologist, he taught at several universities. In 1970 he accepted the position of visiting assistant professor of sociology at the University Of California at Santa Cruz.
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Nancy WALKER creates the art work and graphics for the on going endeavors of Robert Minden and Carla Hallett.
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Walker, not being a musician herself, also takes great pride in the fact that Minden and Hallett actually use some of her musical ideas.
Otter Bay Productions: Catalogue
www.lostsound.com, 14 Nov 2013 [cached]
with music by Robert Minden & Carla Hallett
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Canadian composers Robert Minden and Carla Hallett score for an array of vintage waterphones, bowed carpenter¹s saws, found object percussion and voice -a world of splendid acoustic sound.
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Daphne Marlatt, Robert Minden, Carla Hallett: Like Light Off Water
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Robert Minden and Carla Hallett
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DESCRIPTION: Robert Minden and Carla Hallett join together as a duo to produce this soaring new CD which will delight and tempt the listener.
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Robert Minden Ensemble
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Robert Minden Ensemble: Whisper in My Ear
DESCRIPTION:Explores the full range of the Ensemble’s orchestra of abandoned objects. A celebration of the acoustic sounds of junk.
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Robert Minden Ensemble
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Robert Minden Ensemble: Long Journey Home
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Robert Minden Ensemble
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Minden's program isn't anything like the usual run of accompanied songs that deal with all sorts of things kids already know something about.
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It's a story, according to Minden, that was more than three years in the making. "It was crafted in performance," he says,"very, very slowly. The music is original and the instruments unaffected. "We don't use synthesizers or electronically-generated sounds," he says, "not even in the recording.
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ARTIST BIOS : Robert Minden, an aspiring concert pianist-turned-sociologist-turned musical saw player, formed the ensemble in 1986 with his two daughters Andrea and Dewi Minden, both classically-trained instrumentalists and French horn player, Carla Hallett.
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Robert Minden Ensemble: The Boy Who Wanted To Talk To Whales
Carleton University Newsroom » Public Service Announcements
www2.carleton.ca, 21 Oct 2009 [cached]
The event will feature celebrated poet Daphne Marlatt reading passages from her classic poem Steveston with accompanying music composed and performed by Robert Minden and Carla Hallett.
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Minden and Hallett offer an unusual mixture of acoustical sounds created by voice and "found" objects, including vintage waterphones, which are atonal acoustic musical instruments, and bowed carpenters' saws.
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In 1974, Marlatt paired her verse with Robert Minden's photographs to create her work Steveston, about the residents of a Japanese-Canadian fishing community in the Fraser River Delta.
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Robert Minden began his musical studies in piano and composition at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He went on to pursue a career in sociology, graduating from the University of Toronto and the University of California at Berkeley. He is interested in invented instruments and unconventional sound sources. Minden created the Robert Minden Ensemble in 1986 with his daughters, Andréa Minden, flutist, and Dewi Minden, trumpet, and French horn player Carla Hallett.
Robert Minden Duo:school performances
www.lostsound.com, 14 Nov 2013 [cached]
Robert Minden and Carla Hallett
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Robert and Carla work together seamlessly in a performance that was perfectly paced and appealed equally to students from Kindergarten to Grade 7. ...the Duo's work contains a highly positive message: Music is joyful and uplifting, everyone can do it, and the sounds are to be found all around us ."
The Robert Minden ...
www.lostsound.com, 9 April 2007 [cached]
The Robert Minden DUO is the creative partnership of Carla Hallett and Robert Minden.
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