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Dr. Eldad Tsabary

Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, Fine Arts

Dr. Eldad Tsabary
Office: S-EV 2.743  
Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex,
1515 St. Catherine W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5040
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Research Gate Page
Concordia Laptop Orchestra
Availability: Available to supervise Masters and PhD - email me to discuss


Dr. Eldad Tsabary, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Fine Arts, leads the SSHRC-funded Reflective Iterative Scenario Enactments (RISE) project, which aims to explore cataclysmic scenarios through mini-operas, fostering interdisciplinary collaboration and critical public discourse. Alongside his work with RISE, Dr. Tsabary is actively engaged with an extensive international network of researchers and artists, particularly within South and Southeast Asia, supported by his eight-year chairmanship of the International Conference on Arts and Humanities.

With a Doctorate in Music Education from Boston University, his scholarly pursuits in improvisation and electroacoustic performance have led to the founding of the Concordia Laptop Orchestra (CLOrk), which has performed at prestigious venues such as the Cambridge Festival 2022 and Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, among others.

Dr. Tsabary has authored publications in the realms of aural training, improvisation, composition, live coding, and education. He is also the lead editor of an upcoming volume with Cambridge Scholars, which is an extension of his chairmanship at the recent ICOAH conference, focusing on collaborative strategies within the current context of heightened individualism.

His teaching activities span an extensive range of courses in electroacoustics, sound design, and music composition at Concordia and Musitechnic, as well as comprehensive post-graduate and graduate supervision, mentorship, and guidance in diverse and innovative research projects in the field of sound and music.

He has been teaching electroacoustic performance, composition, and ear training at Concordia University (Montreal) since 2005, where in collaboration with his students, he created the Concordia Laptop Orchestra (CLOrk, 2010)—one of the largest and most prolific electroacoustic ensembles worldwide. With dozens of performances in prestigious festivals and venues worldwide, CLOrk has served as a fruitful research-creation platform for investigating the nature of collective improvisation, mediation, and creative process; and developing approaches for equitable, diverse, and inclusive co-creation.

With students and professors as co-researchers Tsabary has also been exploring strategies, pedagogies, and technologies for sound-focused ear training that encourage critical self-reflection, provide informative timely feedback, and foster self-motivated growth. Most recently, Tsabary has been leading the creation of Inner Ear—a SSHRC-funded browser-based collection of sonic-aural-training tools designed around principles of transformational education and findings from motivation studies.

Among other leadership roles, Dr. Tsabary has previously served as Chair of the Music Department, as co-founder/director of the Performing Arts Research Cluster (Le PARC) at the Milieux Institute, and as president of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC),


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