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Gustavo Aguilar

Gustavo Aguilar, percussionist, composer, and improviser, has been honing his craft as a music artisan for almost two decades. His commitment to combining pre-composed (notated) and present-composed (improvised) musical elements has earned him the reputation as an 'intuitive, methodical mystic.' His music has been called 'beautiful, introspective and passionate,' 'thought-provoking and thoroughly fresh.' A champion of Contemporary New Music, Gustavo has performed at major festivals throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, and the Pacific, including IRCAM's Festival Agora (Paris), the Zagreb Biennale International Festival of New Music (Croatia), the Acousmania International Festival of Electro-Acoustic Music (Bucharest), the Jooksan International Arts Festival (Seoul), the Green Mills Project (Melbourne), the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Green Umbrella New Music Series, and the Interpretations Music Series (NYC) among others. He has worked closely with some of the most innovative composers of our time, including Ana-Maria Avram, John Bergamo, Chaya Czernowin, Anthony Davis, Iancu Dumitrescu, Julio Estrada, Art Jarvinen, Ann LeBaron, Annea Lockwood, and Roger Reynolds. For well over a decade, Gustavo has dedicated himself to Creative Music - an approach to improvisation with roots that can be traced to the 1960s and to Chicago's African-American music organization, the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Music)


Unsettled On An Old Sense Of Place

Label: Henceforth Records
Released: 2007
Track listing: Xochicalco (fore Julian); Contrafactum for Scelsi; RoCoMaYoHa; Dirac's Theory; Suprachiasmatic Nuclei; Wendell's History.


Article: Album Review

Gustavo Aguilar: unsettled on an old sense of place

Read "unsettled on an old sense of place" reviewed by Donald Elfman

The title is nearly perfect; this music is truly unsettled on--really--any place or sense of it. You can't nail it down other than as a series of sound portraits about the relationship between composer and listener. It does invoke a sense of somewhere that feels familiar and very new at the same time. Aguilar ...


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