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Contemporary composer, organist, improviser, educator. My idols? David Bowie, Salvador Dalí and Mies van der Rohe.

Dans les noirceurs

Last October, during the new concert series Incógnito I presented my collaborative piece Dans les noirceurs – Three stages of black. This piece is a collaboration with the visual artist Elia Navarro and the poet Georgi Gill. I really enjoyed working with both of them and soon we will have new versions of the piece: orchestral and installation.

All the elements of the piece reflect three different perceptions of the colour black: the darkness, a black object and the shadow. The layout of the performers on the stage (and off stage) represents the idea of a single element (mezzo soprano) that goes through the previously mentioned stages of black. The components of the piece and the different techniques used reproduce a transition from an unseen object hidden in the dark, the exhibition of the black object and finally, the projection of its shadow.

You con enjoy an excerpt of the piece here

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In the Hope of Rain

Last September I participated in the Manchester Contemporary Youth Opera. It was an amazing experience, I had the chance to meet amazing people and at the same time, learning so much. The result was a performance of 5 very different operas. I feel so lucky to have contribute to that by composing one of them, In the Hope of Rain. I was also so lucky to to have a very inspiring text by the poet Andrew Turner and have some art projection by Roland Keogh. Thank you very much to everyone making it possible, musicians, directors, organisers, everyone! It was amazing! I am looking forward to see the performance of new pieces this year. Please watch these amazing musicians!

Triptych

Times flies! It seems it was yesterday I was enjoying the performance of my audiovisual piece Triptych. I really enjoyed that experience, musicians and painter were fantastic. The event was a great success!

Here you can watch a video of the performance on 18th October. I hope you enjoy it!

Quand les pôles opposés…

(ENG) Quand les pôles opposés… (2017) arises from the idea of contrasting motifs which attract and complement each other. However, there is also the possibility that these diverse motives become a single one, then they will be abruptly separated following the electromagnetic force principle. The instrumentation is divided into three groups.: flute and cello, bass clarinet and violin, and piano. The first two groups represent each of the two poles, which are sometimes different but sometimes also become just one. Conversely, the piano exerts a magnetic force that sometimes bursts into the piece as a union or separation depending on the relationship existing between the other instruments.

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(ESP) Quand les pôles opposés… (2017) surge de la idea de motivos contrastantes pero que se atraen y complementan entre sí. Sin embargo, también existe la posibilidad de que estos mismos motivos se transformen en uno mismo y se separen abruptamente, siguiendo el principio de la fuerza electromagnética. La instrumentación está dividida en tres grupos: flauta y cello, clarinete bajo y violín, y piano. Los dos primeros grupos representan cada uno de los dos polos, que en ocasiones son diferentes pero a veces también se transforman en uno solamente. Por el contrario, el piano ejerce de fuerza magnética que en ocasiones irrumpe en la pieza a modo de unión o separación, dependiendo de la relación que existe entre los demás instrumentos.

 

 

 

 

Ali Barker: painter

Music, Painting and other Collaborations

Today, I met Ali Barker, an artist based in Liverpool. Ali paints from music references, as she also plays violin and viola, so she understands not just how visual arts work but also how music works. I really enjoyed the meeting today, talking about the two different sides of artists and musician; the precise and organised vs the creative and chaotic. Ali Barker’s work has a little bit of both. Her geometric paintings are a reflection of this “obsessive” side of creative individuals where everything has to be on time, pre-planned and well structured to be successful. Conversely, once a plan is established, it is needed some chaos and freedom for artists to experiment and achieve new stages, with new ideas and points of view. Ali’s freedom and intuitive perception are beautifully represented in her expressive collection of works. Finally, the layered paintings are a combination of both geometric…

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Georgi Gill: poet

Music, Painting and other Collaborations

Today, it has been a very productive day in terms of research. I had amazing meetings and feedback about my current work, I had my first contact with Freya Chambers, the clarinettist involved in my piece Triptych, and finally, the poet Georgi Gill (https://georgigill.blog) and I have started to work in Dans les noirceurs. We had very creative and inspiring meeting where we discussed the colour black, what is black in nature? in psychology? is it neutral or negative? How can the idea of emptiness from the colour black be translated into poetry or music in a different way than silence? These questions have made us think about the structure the work will follow, will it be divided into movements/acts?

A concept I got very interested in was the idea of the black mirror, a tool painters used to simplify colours and tonal range from surrounding objects. We also spoke about black…

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