Jeffrey Roberts

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts - East Asian Studies Dept


Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts - East Asian Studies Dept
(780) 492-1565
3-22 Pembina Hall
8921 - 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H8



Dr. Jeff Roberts is a composer, improviser and researcher working in interdisciplinary areas of intercultural music making, electroacoustic music and multi-media performance. His music explores relationships between different music styles and cultures. His work has been recognized with awards from the Fulbright Foundation, Korea Foundation and Asian Cultural Council among others. His compositions have received multiple awards and have been commissioned and performed worldwide. His study of guqin at the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music in China with guqin master Li Xiangting has led to an active performing career on guqin. Partnering with Korean piri master gamin, he co-founded the East Asian improvisation ensemble ‘PAN Project’ which has toured North America and East Asia. He works with interactive soundscape installation and collaborated with sculptor Roger Feldman on the sound installation ‘Reconstructed Ecologies’, which received the 2016 Jack Straw New Media Award and was shown in Seattle, Washington. He is currently recording a CD of guqin improvisations and compositions funded by Jack Straw Artist Support Award. He holds a PhD in Composition from Brandeis University. He is an Assistant Professor of East Asian Music in Culture in the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Alberta in Canada.


EASIA224 Intercultralism in East Asian Music

EASIA234 The Chinese Literati

EASIA428 Landscape and Soundscape in East Asian Cultures


EASIA 224 - Interculturalism and East Asian Music

Survey of the major music traditions of China, Japan, and Korea through an exploration of Silk Road influences on Chinese music and Chinese musical influences on Japanese and Korean Music.

Fall Term 2020 Winter Term 2021
EASIA 234 - The Chinese Literati

Literary and historical perspectives on the elite of pre-modern China. Prerequisite: EASIA 101 or consent of Department.

Winter Term 2021
EASIA 428 - Topics in East Asian Studies

May be repeated for credit when course content differs. Prerequisite EASIA 101 and *3 in EASIA at a senior level, or consent of Department.

Fall Term 2020

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