| fri. dec 08 2023 |
Circuit Fantôme S3 Ep10: Javier Álvarez Fuentes
series of octophonic / acousmatic listening sessions and performances,
curated by Anton Iakhontov (Patrick K.-H.) and Daniel Teruggi,
Floating Sound Gallery Vienna.
Season 3 Episode 10: Javier Álvarez Fuentes.
Mambo à la Braque, 1990, 3’17
Cactus geometries, 2002, 18’19
Offrande, 2020, 18’
Mejor morir en la selva (Better to die in the jungle), 2017, 14'35
December 8, 18:00-22:00
Coordination - Petra Leisentritt,
Supported by Stadt Wien Kultur.
Javier Álvarez Fuentes (8 May 1956 – 23 May 2023) was a Mexican composer known for compositions that combined a variety of international musical styles and traditions, and that often utilized unusual instruments and new music technologies. Many of his works combine music technology with diverse instruments and influences from around the world. He taught internationally, in the UK and Sweden, and back in Mexico later in his career.
Several of Álvarez's works incorporate elements from Latin American dance genres, such as mambo. They have been performed throughout the world by orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Mexico City Philharmonic, and the Orchestre National de France. He composed the music for Guillermo del Toro's 1993 horror film Cronos.
From 1993 to 1999, Álvarez was a Fellow of Mexico's National Endowment for the Arts and Culture. He was a founding member of Sonic Arts Network and served as the artistic director of the Society for the Promotion of New Music in 1993. He was a member of the music faculties, teaching composition and computer music, of the City University London, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Malmö Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music, and the University of Hertfordshire.
After living in England for 25 years, Álvarez returned to Mexico where he served as Dean of the Conservatorio de Las Rosas [es] in Morelia, Michoacán. He then was a founding member of the musical arts department of the Escuela Superior de Artes de Yucatán in 2004, serving as its director from 2018. He resided in Mérida, Yucatán, where he was also active as a freelance composer and project animateur.
Álvarez died in Mérida on 23 May 2023, at age 67. Alejandra Frausto, the federal Secretary of Culture, credited him as a "musician and composer who never stopped creating, proposing and working for his community and for his beloved Mérida".
link: Floating Sound Gallery , TG channel , video intro by Daniel Teruggi