Miguel Álvarez-Fernández
Since 2004
Works in Galapagar Spain

Born in Madrid, 1979. Studies of Composition at San Lorenzo de El Escorial's Conservatory (Spain) and other centers in Germany (Internationale Ferienkurse fur Neue Musik, Darmstadt; Stockhausen Stiftung, Kürten; Elektronische Studio der Technische Universität, Berlin...) and Spain (Laboratorio de Informática y Electrónica Musical LIEM/CDMC; Aula de Música de la Universidad de Alcalá de Henares...).

Works mainly with electronic media, often in combination with traditional instruments and specially with voice.

As a member of the 'DissoNoiSex' project (see http://www.dissonoisex.org) along with Stefan Kersten and Asia Piascik, he's author of interactive sound instalations such as "Soundanism" and "Repressound".

Composer in Residence at the "Residencia de Estudiantes" (Madrid) between September 2002 and August 2005. There he was a founder member of the collective "Disonancia", that joins together composers, performers and musicologists devoted to Contemporary Music in the Madrid area.

Currently writing a Ph. D. Thesis in Musicology about the connections between voice and electroacoustic media at the University of Oviedo (Spain). Other fields of research include history and aesthetics of contemporary music (see http://fylkingen.se/hz/n9/fernandez.html -in English- or http://www.tallersonoro.com/espaciosonoro/04/Articulo1.htm -Spanish-).

Curator, along with Maria Bella, of the public-sound-art project "Itinerarios del Sonido" ("Itineraries of Sound"), taking place in Madrid, May-September 2005, http://www.itinerariosdelsonido.org

Artistic Director, along with Stefan Kersten, of the cycle of workshops and concerts "Sonido Abierto / Offener Klang" (March 2007), in association with the Linux Audio Conference and the Instituto Cervantes in Berlin (see http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/spanish/misc/newsid_6500000/6500231.stm).

For more information about the works of Miguel Álvarez-Fernández, you can read the article "Alvarez-Fernandez: Sound Amateur" (written by Silvia Scaravaggi, and published in the Digimag magazine) here: http://www.digicult.it/digimag/article.asp?id=958

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Itinerarios del Sonido - Itineraries of Sound

Tue Jan 18, 2005 00:00 - Wed Jan 05, 2005

'Itinerarios del Sonido' is a public art project that proposes to the citizens and visitors of Madrid new perspectives of the city.

Fourteen different artists (including composers, poets, visual artists...) are visiting Madrid since the last month of November, exploring different contexts of the city, one of which will be the point of departure for a new sound piece composed for 'Itinerarios del Sonido'.

From May to September 2005, each piece will be installed in a bus stop located at the specific area chosen by the artist, and everybody will be able to listen to it by plugging into the bus stop the headphones of the walkman, discman, MP3 player...

During their visit to Madrid, the artists invited to the project will present their work in a series of lectures, concerts and round tables that will take place at the historical Residencia de Estudiantes.

The list of artists includes Vito Acconci, Jorge Eduardo Eielson, Julio Estrada, Luc Ferrari, Bill Fontana, Susan Hiller, Christina Kubisch, Fernando Millan, Kristin Oppenheim, Joao Penalva, Adrian Piper, Francisco Ruiz de Infante, Daniel Samoilovich and Trevor Wishart.

'Itinerarios del Sonido' is organized by the Council of Madrid, the Centro Cultural Conde Duque and the Residencia de Estudiantes, and is curated by Maria Bella and Miguel Alvarez Fernandez.

You can find more information about this project at http://www.itinerariosdelsonido.org/, or writing to miguel-alvarez@confluencia.net.