A Liquid Theater

Music for a liquid theater


Somewhere I read that Luis Buñuel, at the premiere of his film L’ÂGE D’OR went up to the stage and said: “this is my film L’ÂGE D’OR, if you think it’s strange, life is much more strange”. “Music for a Liquid Theater” (2018) As in many other works of mine, musical space is developed as an inportant aspect of composition; when performed in a concert hall, some instruments have a special dispositon, violin is in the left corner and violoncello in the right corner of the stage, while flute and clarinet play from the other corners behind the audience. Abreviaturas (1999), is a very special work for me, with no dynamics –the whole work in pianissimo-, no effects, almost no timbre, only duration and pitch (rhythms and notes). “Música para contemplar la evolución de una ola a cámara lenta” (2012), as strange as it may seem, the title -Music for contemplating the evolution of a wave in slow motion- came to me as I was watching a documentary on tv; there was a fantastic image of a wave from the inside moving in slow motion, like a living sculpture made of soft glass. “La Memoria del Agua” (1995), On the days I was working on both pieces, I remember the deep impression that I received from the Ives Klein retrospective at the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid.


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César Camarero

Born in Madrid in 1962. In 1977 he moves with his family to New York City, where he begins his music studies. In 1983 his work Metamorfosis for string orchestra and 16 accordions receives the Broadcast Music Inc. Young Composers Award (one of the Author’s Societies in the USA). In 1985 he moves back to Madrid and studies composition with Luis de Pablo and Francisco Guerrero. Since 1989, when one of his works is selected for the Gaudeamus Competition (Holland), his works are present in many festivals and concert seasons, mainly in european countries. (Middelburg festival, Gaudeamus Music Week, Roma Europa, Radio France, Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Venice Biennale, Música d’Hoy, etc…) performed by some of the best musicians and ensembles ( Klangforum Wien, Orquesta Nacional de España, Glass Farm Ensemble, Trío Arbós, Nouvel Ensemble Modern, Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, etc.). He has been composer in residence at the Spanish Accademy of Fine Arts in Rome and at the Casa de Velázquez in Madrid. His Works have receive the following international awards: “Villa de Madrid” 2001, Spain; “Guido d’Arezzo” 1998, Arezzo, Italy; “Hannover Biennale” 1997, Germany; “Pablo Sorozábal”  1995, Guipúzcoa, Spain; “Premi Ciudat d’Alcoi 1993, Alcoi, Spain; “Broadcast Music Inc.” 1983, EEUU. He has received comissions from many cultural institutions, such as Centro para la Difusión de la Música Contemporánea,  I.N.A.E.M., festival “Musica ‘900”, Trento, Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España, Junta de Andalucía, Música de Hoy, Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla, Klangforum Wien, etc. His music has been recorded in the labels Kairos Music, Verso and Anemos-Inaem, among others. In 2006 he receives the Premio Nacional de Música from the Spanish Ministry of Culture, for his whole work. In 2021 takes place the premiere of his “spoken opera” ES LO CONTRARIO, based on Maeterlinck’s THE BLIND, at the Teatro Maestranza (Seville) and Teatros del Canal (Madrid), performed by Zahir Ensemble, conducted by Juan García Rodríguez. Since 1998 he lives and works in Seville.

Zahir Ensemble

The trajectory of the Sevillian group endorses its commitment with the interpretation of the unlimited repertoire of our time, of great aesthetic variety and greater artistic and historical relevance, and yet generally absent from the usual programming. Giving an idea of the national and international dimension of the ensemble, beyond the members that form it, it is worth mentioning its participation in festivals and European venues such as the Taschenopern Festival in Salzburg (Austria), Eröffnungsfest der Salzburger Festpiele (Inaugural Festival of the Salzburg, 2005), Crossroads Festival (Salzburgo), Solitär Saal of the University “Mozarteum” (Salzburg), Musique en Cité (s) (Marseille, France), Concert Hall of the Chopin University of Warsaw (Poland), having performed in Spain in Festival Ensems (Comunidad Valenciana), Arts Festival No Camiño de Lugo, International Music Festival “A orillas del Guadalquivir” of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Mostra Sonora de Sueca in Valencia, Smash Festival of Salamanca, Ciclo de Música Para el Tercer Milenio of Madrid, Proyecto Rafel Festival (Rafelbunyol, Valencia), among others, and in halls such as Teatro Villamarta of Jerez, Teatros del Canal (Madrid), Teatro de la Maestranza (Sevilla), Círculo de Bellas Artes of Madrid, Auditorium 400 of the Reina Sofía Museum of Madrid, Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando de Madrid, Palau de les Arts (Valencia), Auditori of Castellón, Conservatory of Bilbao, Alhambra Theater of Granada,  Especially noteworthy has been its presence in the Ciclos de Música Contemporánea in the Central Theater of Seville), highlighting the premieres in Spain of works like “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Philip Glass, “In vain” by GF Haas, “ASKO Concerto” by Elliott Carter, “Ballet mécanique” (original version) by G. Antheil, “Proverb” by Steve Reich or “Clouds of forgetting, Clouds of unknowing” by John L. Adams. It also organizes its own Cycle in the city of Seville (with the support of the University of Seville), of which this year marks its 12th edition. The ensemble also has several CDs in the record market, with monographs dedicated to José María Sánchez Verdú (Verso, 2009), chosen “Exceptional Album of March 2010” by the magazine Scherzo, and another one to Schönberg (Naxos, 2011). Other two CDs contain music of young Spanish composers (2010 and 2011), and were edited by Injuve. In 2019 Zahir began an artistic collaboration with IBS Classical label, the first album of which has been “Anatomías”, dedicated to music for soloists and ensembles by Luis de Pablo. The second one was “Anima” (2020), with works by Eneko Vadillo. Future releases  include monographs by Reinhard Febel and Leos Janácek.

Juan García Rodríguez

Born in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, he studied music at the Seville Conservatory (Piano -with Ana Guijarro-, Music Theory and Chamber Music), at the “Mozarteum” University of Salzburg (Master in Orchestra and Choir Conducting with Dennis Russell Davies, Jorge Rotter and Karl Kamper; Master in Composition with Reinhard Febel) and at the “F. Chopin ”from Warsaw (Doctorate in Orchestra Conducting).. He also receives guidance from personalities such as Joseph Seiger, Joseph Paratore, Frédéric Gevers, Ramón Coll or Rolf Plagge (Piano); Reiner Schmidt (Chamber Music); Cristóbal Halffter, Beat Furrer, Franco Donatoni, George Crumb, Jesus Rueda, José Manuel López or Tomás Marco (Composition); Arturo Tamayo or Neil Thompson (Orchestra Conducting). Associate conductor at the National Opera de Paris Bastille, he has worked among others with the Brucknerorchester-Linz, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Paris Opera Orchestra, Royal Symphony Orchestra of Seville, Philharmonic Orchestra of Gran Canaria, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken, Camerata Saygun Istanbul, Chamber Philharmonic W. Lutoslawski in Lomza (Poland), OENM (Österrichisches Ensemble für Neue Musik), Sax Ensemble, etc., in venues such as the Villamarta Theater in Jerez, Teatro de la Maestranza, Teatro Lope de Vega in Seville, Teatro Central (Sevilla), Teatros del Canal (Madrid), Auditorium 400 of the Reina Sofía Museum (Madrid), Círculo de Bellas Artes (Madrid), Palau de les Arts (Valencia), Auditori (Castellón), Great Room of the Mozarteum (Salzburg), Solitär Saal (Salzburgo), Brucknersaal (Linz), Cemal Resit Rey (Istanbul), Concert Hall of the F. Chopin University (Warsaw), Endler Hall of the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa), etc. Director and founder of the Zahir Ensemble group.. Academic Member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts “Santa Isabel de Hungría” in Seville. He is a professor at the Seville Conservatory, and director at the Conjunta Symphony Orchestra (OSC) of the “Manuel Castillo” Conservatory and the University of Seville. As a composer he has premiered works in Germany, Austria, Spain, South Africa, Scotland and Serbia. Recordings for Haas, Sello Autor, Verso, Canticum, Naxos and IBS Classical (“Anatomías” de Luis de Pablo, 2019; “Anima” de Eneko Vadillo, 2020).