Musique électroacoustique latino-américaine

Rodrigo Sigal (Mexique)

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Rodrigo Sigal (born in Mexico City, 1971) holds a PhD in Electroacoustic composition from City University in London, a BA in composition from the Musical Studies and Research Center (CIEM) in Mexico City, and was part of the composition workshop directed by Prof. Mario Lavista. He also studied with Denis Smalley, Javier Alvarez, Franco Donatoni, Judith Weird, Michael Jarrel, Alejandro Velasco and Juan Trigos, among others. Sigal completed postdoctoral studies at the National School of Music in Mexico and is at present director of CMMAS, Mexican Center for Music and Sonic Arts.

Since 1991 he has been working as a composer and sound recording engineer in his private studio in Mexico, London and Santiago, composing chamber and electroacoustic music as well as works for dance, films and other media. He coordinated the Computer Music Lab at CIEM from 1994 until 1998.

Sigal received awards from the Mexican National Fund for Culture and Arts (FONCA), CIEM, The Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, ORS and The Sidney Perry Foundation in England, and LIEM and the Ministry of Culture in Spain. He was awarded the 1st. Prize for “Cycles” in 1999, and received honorary mentions for “Tolerance” in 2000 and “Twilight” in 2001 at the Luigi Russolo Composition Prize; and was also finalist at Bourges 2002 with his work “Twilight”, and won the 3rd. place for “Friction of things in other places” at the JTTP prize granted in 2003 by the Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC).

His work is available in more than 13 compact discs, and his solo CDs "Manifiesto" and “Space within” had received excellent reviews and radio broadcast in Mexico and abroad. His music is presented in several countries and he often performs his laptop multimedia projects “Oreja Digital” and “Lumínico” together with flutist Alejandro Escuer.

Since 1998 Sigal takes active part in DAM, a group of six composers who are working on different interdisciplinary projects; and since 2004 he is a member of the board of the Latin-American Sonic Arts Network (Red ASLA).

Other pieces he composed are: "El firmamento" for piano and tape, and "El firmamento II" for flute, clarinet and tape, both from 1997; "Lagarto" for ensemble and tape from 1998; "Dolor en mi" for guitar and tpe (live electronics optional) from 1988; "Fe" for piano and tape, and "Babel" for flute and tape (live electronics optional), both from 1988; "Real scream", soundscape on CD from 1998-2001; "Tolerance" for cello and electroacoustic sounds from 2000; "Rimbarimba" for marimba and electroacoustic sounds from 2002; and "Liquid Fear" for ensemble, electroacoustic sounds and video in 2003.

(text updated: November, 2007)

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