Spanish guitar and electronics
Rubió i Balaguer de la Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Ramon Trías Fargas 25-28 08003 Barcelona
Enrique M. Lop,
This concert is part of Daniel
Pearl Music Day, an annual global concert celebrating
the ideals of tolerance, friendship and shared humanity. Daniel
Pearl Music Day was inspired by the life and work of journalist
and musician Daniel Pearl, who would have turned 41 on October
10th 2004. The organizers and participating musicians, join
people around the world in a tribute to the visionary men
and women who use the power of music to promote the unity
of mankind above the differences that set us apart. Through
the universal language of music, we reaffirm our conviction
on the value of dialogue and peace.
Gardner is a composer and sound artist creating
music for performance and concert settings, dance, installations
Currently Gardner is a visiting composer at the IUA/Phonos Foundation.
She studied music composition and percussion at Vassar College,
the California Institute of the Arts and The Peabody Conservatory
Her compositions have been featured throughout the U.S., Europe
and Asia at festivals and performance spaces including the Aspen
Music Festival, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Akiyoshidai International
Art Village, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Centre de Cultura Contemporania
de Barcelona, CrossSound Music Festival, the Florida and Santa
Fe Electroacoustic Music Festivals, and The Kennedy Center.
Gardner's music has received honors and awards from Meet the
Composer, the American Composers Forum, ASCAP, the Mid-America
Arts Alliance, New Music Delaware, the Open Meadows Foundation
and the Maryland State Arts Council, and has been commissioned
by organizations such as the SOLI Chamber Ensemble, CrossSound
Music Festival, Deborah Riley Dance Projects, and the Smithsonian
Also active in the recording industry, Gardner works as a mix
engineer, audio editor and sound designer for radio documentaries,
gives workshops in digital audio production and serves as an
audio consultant to artists and organizations.
Luminoso for guitar and sampled sounds was
written for Enrique Malo Lop and created in the studios of the
IUA/Phonos Foundation in Barcelona, Spain. It is the third work
in a series of compositions for solo instrument and electronics.
The guitar part combines flamenco and classical guitar techniques
with percussive sonorities played on the body of the instrument.
The electronic part of Luminoso is comprised entirely of acoustic
guitar sounds, some of which are easily identifiable, and others
of which have been processed into completely different forms
using a variety of software tools. "The title refers
to the quality of sunlight in Barcelona, which I found myself
trying to capture in this music."
(1937) was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study and work
at Columbia University in New York (1962/65) as assistant to
V. Ussachevsky, M. Davidovsky and E. Varese at the Columbia
Princeton Electronic Music Centre, where he composed his first
electronic pieces. He was also the sound engineer for the Alwyn
Nikolais Ballet. With J.M.Mestres Quadreny he established in
1968 the Barcelona Electronic Music Studio. In 1975 he created
the Phonos Electronic Music Studio with J.M.Mestres Quadreny,
L.Callejo and G,Brncic, which was transformed into the Phonos
Foundation in 1982, of which he is currently the secretary and
executive director. He also teaches at the Escola Superior de
Musica de Catalunya. His compositional work is mainly electroacoustic,
including numerous pieces for instruments and tape, and music
for ballet, theatre, film and video.
Secuencia V for guitar was created at the request
of guitarist Jordi Codina in order to establish a Spanish contemporary
classic guitar repertory. So I decided to use flamenco elements
for the instrumental section, while on the tape there are percussive
sounds related to the flamenco performance based on percussive
guitar samples. This piece is quite often played in Andalucia
by local guitar players.
Truslove (1978), composer and guitarist, has
a M.S. in electronics, specialized in music, from Glasgow University
and studied classic guitar. He is mostly interested in aspects
of improvisation using many jazz and Hindu music techniques.
He has given concerts in classical music as well as celtic music
in Scotland, and plays tabla and djembe in an african music
group. In 2001 Truslove was awarded a SGAE-Phonos grant in to
compose the present Piece for guitar and tape, which also received
a grant from the Scottisch Arts Council.
Piece for guitar and tape is an electroacoustic
environment where the guitar player is given the freedom to
colour the underlaying textures through his own improvisation.
In terms of an harmonic representation, the guitar part is
notated as a series of chords as in jazz music, however, the
traditional homophonic notation used in jazz is somewhat misleading
when applied to this piece, as none of the chord changes are
strictly sequential – nearly all involve an element
of overlap from chord to chord. Throughout the piece, the
individual voices fade in and out, and it is only at the time
when a strong harmonic implication is made that it is notated.
The areas between chords, from the point of view of the improvisation,
can be considered transitional. The score provided shows how
the electronic voices move with respect to the tape position,
and where and how these voices imply the harmony. It can be
seen that the piece commences with two minutes of silence.
This is a period of complete freedom for the guitarist, and
a point where improvisational ideas could be stated before
developing them later in the piece.
Humet (Barcelona, 1968), composer, pianist and
engineer, studied mainly with Gerry Weil and Harriet Serr. Gerry
supplied him the basis of music theory and the music forms,
as well as a great love for music with no limits. Harriet gave
him a solid base in the art of interpretation and discipline
in study. Both were his contacts while living in Venezuela,
where he established contact with afro-cuban music. In Europe
Humet continued his studies with Jonathan Harvey, George Crumb,
Salvatore Sciarrino, Helmut Lachenmann and Joan Guinjoan. At
present he teaches at the Cambrils City Music School and at
the Barcelona Liceo Conservatory. In 2001 he was awarded an
IUA-Phonos grant in order to create Mantra I.
Mantra I is a result over the meditation
on a fundamental and absolute sound. The sound emerges from
different sound sources: the two bass strings of the guitar,
the electronic sound, the tibetan bell and the voice. Mantra
is not music to listen, or music to understand. Mantra is
music to contemplate.
ENRIQUE M. LOP - guitar
"Inquestionable creativity and veritable communication"
- Francesc Taverna Bech, composer
Spanish concert artist and professor of guitar Enrique M. Lop
studied at the Conservatorio Superior Oscar Esplà in
Allicante (Spain), where he worked with the Maestro José
Tomàs. There he obtained his Titulo Superior
with the qualifications "Excellent" and "Matricula
de Honor”. He has also participated in master-classes
with prestigious performers and teachers such as Hopkinson-Smith,
Leo Brouwer and Manuel Barrueco. As a soloist and member of
chamber-music ensembles, he performs throughout Spain and abroad.
Having explored numerous directions of music, he is in touch
with many different techniques and styles. His current dedication
is to contemporary music. As a teacher Enrique M. Lop is the
Head of the Department of Guitar at the Conservatori Professional
de Música de Vila-seca (Spain) and is the conductor /
founder of the guitar ensembles Miquel Llobet and Ferràn
Sors, at the same institution.