Sundar Subramanian is an active composer who writes both acoustic music and electronic music for electric guitar with real-time digital processing, sometimes with effects he designed. As a performer, he has shared his work with the electric guitar and live electronics at a number of concerts and festivals, including the 21st Century Guitar conference in 2021 and 2019, the 2018 MusCan (Canadian University Music Society) conference, the 2016 Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium, the Extensible Electric Guitar festival at Clark University in 2008 and the Society of American Music’s 2005 conference. His solo video concert from February 2021 is available on Youtube.
Sundar also writes notated acoustic compositions for various solo performers and chamber ensembles, particularly classical guitarists but also cello, violin, piano, string quartet, and mixed ensembles. His work has been performed at numerous venues, including numerous Ottawa New Music Creators events, a Masters-level guitar recital, the 2015 MusCan conference, the Windsor Canadian Music Festival, and the Living Music Under Living Skies Festival in Regina. The Cicchillitti-Cowan Duo’s recording of his piece Warp is available on Bandcamp. Mark Molnar’s recording of his pandemic-themed cello piece Remote Connection, created for an Ottawa New Music Creators event from this year, is on YouTube.
From 2015-2018, he was the Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Composition and Music Technology at Clark University in Worcester, MA. He has previously taught at University of Ottawa, Carleton University, University of Regina, and University of Windsor. He studied composition at the PhD level at SUNY Buffalo (graduated 2011), at the MA level at York University (2005), and at the undergrad level at Carleton (2001).
He currently teaches privately, composes, and performs in Ottawa. His solo album Electric Currents was released in January 2021 and is available on Bandcamp and all major streaming services.Hewrote, performed, recorded, and engineered the whole album on solo electric guitar, with real-time digital processing on two tracks, prepared guitar on one track (changing the sound of the instrument by placing various objects on the strings and playing in unconventional ways), as well as more traditional fingerpicking, strumming, and E-bow. There is a mix of contemporary classical, modern jazz, ambient, folk, and progressive rock influences.