Luis Fernando Amaya: “a language made of whispers” + presentation

Čtvrtek 20. června 2024, 19.00 hodin

Luis Fernando Amaya is a Mexican composer currently based in Oslo who will be in Prague for the premiere of his piece “un lenguaje hecho de células” at the Prague Quiet Music Festival. At the Czech Music Information Centre, he will first present a presentation/workshop, followed by a short performance of a newly developed piece, “a language made of whispers”.

MUSICAL EXERCISES TO EXPLORE AND TRANSFORM RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE MORE-THAN-HUMAN – presentation/workshop

This workshop will be comprised of a lecture on three examples of works andartistic processes that transform how artists relate to non-human others. These examples include the opera Tree of Codes by composer Liza Lim, the bird photography of Walter Kitundu, and the traditional “Women Songs” of the Comca’ac people. In conclusion, Luis Fernando will give some examples of how he explores his relationships with non-human animals, plants, and collective memory respectively through composition.

“A LANGUAGE MADE OF WHISPERS”: COLLECTIVE MEMORY THROUGH EXPERIMENTAL AND TRADITIONAL MEXICAN MUSIC

Mixing storytelling, traditional music, and experimental live electronics, “a language made of whispers” is a show that spotlights the complex and contrasting sets of collective memory that arise from the area that we now call México. Composed and performed by Luis Fernando Amaya, this show aims to share a glimpse of the intricate connections between the different cultures, voices (human and non-human), and historical periods that conflate into the reality of contemporary México.

Luis Fernando Amaya – Born 1992 in Aguascalientes, México, Luis Fernando Amaya is a composer and percussionist. Topics such as collective memory and the relationship between humans and non-humans (such as plants, animals, or environments) are commonly present in his work. He studied composition and music theory at the Centro de Investigación y Estudios Musicales (CIEM) and holds a Ph.D. in composition and music technology from Northwestern University.

Amaya’s music has been performed throughout the Americas and Europe. Performers of his music include the Arditti Quartet (UK), Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra
(Switzerland), CEPROMUSIC (México), the Choir of the Oslo Cathedral (Norway),
Ensemble Dal Niente, Yarn/Wire (USA), and others.

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