Collaboration with the Mexican Centre for Music and the Sonic Arts (CMMAS)
Throughout 2017-2018 Fulcrum Point New Music Project will collaborate with the Mexican Centre for Music and the Sonic Arts (CMASS) in Morelia Mexico and Chicago Tech Incubators. This program is made possible by the MacArthur International Connections Fund and allows us to explore the intersection of new art music and technology in the creation of a new electroacoustic piece of music by Mexican Composer Javier Álvarez. The world premiere will feature interactive technology developed by teams of young coders both in Chicago and Mexico.
The CMMAS has established itself as the main space in Latin America for the creation, reflection and learning of contemporary music, with and without new technologies. It is a unique and avant-garde center for research, experimentation and development of sonic projects, which places Mexico in a privileged place for linking the rest of the world.
Javier Álvarez Fuentes (born May 8, 1956, Mexico City) is a Mexican composer who is known for creating works that combine a variety of international muical styles and traditions that often utilize unusual instruments and new music technologies. According to composer John Adams, “The music of Javier Alvarez reveals influences of popular cultures that go beyond the borders of our own time and place.” Álvarez is one of the best-known Mexican composers of his generation.
His works have been performed throughout the world by such ensembles as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Mexico City Philharmonic, and the Orchestre National de France among others. He also notably composed the music for Guillermo del Toro’s acclaimed 1993 horror film Cronos. A graduate of the Royal College of Music and City University London, Álvarez has received numerous prizes and honors including a Mendelssohn Scholarship, the Lionel Robbins Award, a Gemini Fellowship, the ICEM Prize (1987), Austria’s Prix Ars Electronica (1993), and awards at the Bourges International Festival. From 1993 to 1999 he was a Fellow of the Mexican 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 has been a member of the music faculties of the City University London, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Malmö Music Academy, the Royal College of Music, and the University of Hertfordshire.