SDAI is proud to present an improvised and notated Electroacoustic concert from renowned USA and Mexico-based musicians Iván Velázquez (piano), Amy Cimini (viola & electronics), Wilfrido Terrazas (flute) and Leah Bowden (Temazcal by Javier Alvarez ). Electroacoustic music is a term used to describe academic and non-academic contemporary music that employs electronic devices and electronic sounds as well as acoustic instruments, either in combination or as a solo instrument.
Concert 7:30 - 8:30pm, doors open at 7pm.
General Admission: $5
Discounted Admission: $3/Seniors, Military, Teachers, Students; 12 and under Free
About the artists:
Iván Vázquez de León, born in 1973 in Mexico City, began his musical career studying composition and piano. His work deals with different contemporary languages uch as serial, spectral, micro tonal and minimalist music, predominating the latter style. His music has been presented in New York for a choreographic work as a tribute to the poet Cesar Vallejo, at The American Society & at The Union Settlement Association. Iván Velázquez de León has worked as a composer and musical director for four radio soap operas, of which "Para Siempre" was presented and broadcasted in Barcelona Spain; "The Search" which was translated to indigenous languages. He has been a musical composer for theater, performance and some independent short films as well as the Video-Artwork "another theory of the creation" by the artist Derzu Campos presented in Germany. As a pianist he has performed in independent halls of several cities of the Mexican Republic, performing works ranging from the baroque to contemporary music. His composition studies began at the Rosas Conservatory in Morelia Mich. With Sergio Cárdenas and Luis Jaime Cortes; continuing a year later at the Cardenal Miranda Institute with Armando Chain, Guillermo de Mendía, Juan Trigos, Víctor Rasgado and Xavier González T. Currently Iván Velázquez de León works as piano professor at the Centro de Artes Musicales of Baja California CAM and as a pianist of the Tijuana Opera. He is also the creator and general director of the Contemporary Music Festival TIJUANA AVANT-GARDE MUSIC FESTIVAL
Wilfrido Terrazas (Camargo, 1974) is a Mexican flutist, improviser, composer and educator, whose work finds points of convergence between notated and improvised music, and approaches collaboration and collective creation in innovative ways. He is a member of Generación Espontánea and Liminar, and he has performed over 330 world premieres, written over 40 works, and recorded over 30 albums. Wilfrido has presented his work all over Mexico, and in other 14 countries in Europe and the Americas. Since 2014, he is co-curator of La Semana de Improvisación La Covacha, a festival completely dedicated to improvised music in Ensenada. Other current projects include Filera, Escudo(Torre), and the Wilfrido Terrazas Sea Quintet. In the summer of 2017, Wilfrido was appointed Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Diego.
Amy Cimini is violist and musicologist based in San Diego, CA. Her research, teaching and performance engage 20th century philosophy and political thought with an emphasis embodiment and ethics in experimental practice. Amy is a founding member of chamber music collective Till by Turning and improvising duo Architeuthis Walks on Land with bassoonist and composer Katherine Young. Touching Extremes notes the duos “manifest improvisational bravura (of the ruthless variety).” Recently, Amy has enjoyed premiering Anthony Braxton’s operas Trillium R and Trillium J as a member of Braxton’s Tri-Centric Orchestra and touring the U.S. and Europe in support of Architeuthis Walks on Land’s third record, The Surveyors (Carrier 2013). Her musicological writing appears in GAMUT, Contemporary Music Review, Sound Studies, boundary2, Twentieth Century Music and The Opera Quarterly. She is currently Assistant Professor of Music at UC San Diego and is happy to be finishing her first book, titled Wild Sound, about the musical thought of U.S. composer Maryanne Amacher.
Leah Bowden is a drummer and percussionist from the Bay Area who has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Mexico. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate at UC San Diego. A member of the ensemble red fish blue fish since 2010, she has shared the stage with Eighth Blackbird, Bang on a Can All Stars, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and the Dalai Lama. Ms. Bowden has performed in a wide range of settings, from popular styles to improvised music and interdisciplinary projects. She is currently the drummer for Voices of Our City Choir (a collaboration between professional musicians and people experiencing homelessness in San Diego), and The Red Notes (resident piano trio at Kafe Sobaka). Before moving to San Diego, she performed regularly with the William Winant Percussion Group, Karlton Hester (of Hesterian Musicism), and in the series Santa Cruz New Music Works.
Javier Alvarez studied clarinet and composition with Mario Lavista before moving to the United States in the early 80’s and subsequently to Great Britain, where he attended the Royal College of Music and the City University in London. In 1993 Alvarez became a Fellow of the Mexican Endowment for the Arts and Culture. He has also received a Mendelssohn Scholarship, the Lionel Robbins Award and a Gemini Fellowship in England. He has held teaching positions at the University of Hertfordshire and the Malmö Music Academy in Sweden, having also taught composition and computer music technology at the City University, Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music in London. He was a founder member of Sonic Arts Network and, during the 1993 Season, he was Artistic Director of the Society for the Promotion of New Music. After 25 years living in England he returned to Mexico where he became the founding director of the Musical Arts Department of the Escuela Superior de Artes de Yucatán. After a period serving as Dean of the Conservatorio de las Rosas in Morelia, Michoacán, he is now living in Mérida, in Yucatan, combining activities as a freelance composer and project animateur. Alvarez was awarded the Medal for the Fine Arts by the Insituto Nacional de Bellas Artes in Mexico in 2015.