Architect Leigh Breslau and Composer/Scholar Jenna Lyle lead a discussion detailing the lineage of architecture as an inspiration for music and sound art (and vice versa), from Gregorian chants to 16th century composer Thomas Tallis to present day site-specific sound artist Janet Cardiff. The program culminates with a performance of Guillaume Dufay's “Nuper Rosarum Flores,” a motet whose structure reportedly mimics the structure of the Florentine cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore, where it was first performed in 1436.
Leigh Breslau, AIA, is one of the nation’s emerging designers of performing arts and cultural centers, convention and exhibition centers and urban master plans. In 2010, he partnered with Trey Trahan, FAIA, to open Trahan Architects / Chicago Studio, after nearly three decades of partnership experience in the Chicago Office of SOM, where he focused on arts, public assembly, healthcare projects and planning and urban design. In addition to his architectural expertise, Breslau completed acclaimed scenic designs for Uncle Vanya, Titus Andronicus, The Wild Duck and Three Tall Women at Chicago’s Court Theatre. He is also a classical pianist, bringing a deep-rooted knowledge and passion for performing arts to his work beyond typical architectural skills.
An active composer, performer, installation-builder, and administrator, Jenna Lyle has worked with various ensembles and specialized in the performance of works by living composers. She has presented her own works as well as those of her colleagues throughout the U.S. and abroad, with performances presented recently by Chicago’s Spektral Quartet, Mocrep, Northwestern University’s Contemporary Music Ensemble, The Riot Ensemble, of London, and the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt. Lyle is also co-founder and co-administrator of Parlour Tapes+, a New Music cassette tape label and media/performance collective based in Chicago. She holds degrees in composition from Northwestern University (DMA), Cleveland State University (MM), and Birmingham-Southern College (BM).