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Composition Workshop & Illustrated Talk

1 Nov 2019, 4.00pm

Angela Burgess Recital Hall

Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, Marylebone, London NW1 5HT

Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus /

Green Park


Admission free


Due to unforeseen circumstances this event will unfortunately not be going ahead

As part of his visit to the Royal Academy of Music, where he will be leading a workshop for composition students, José Manuel López López - one of Spain's leading contemporary composers - will offer an illustrated presentation on his work in the new Angela Burgess Recital Hall.

Specific themes analysed will include the composer’s trajectory as a composer and, in particular, the influence of electronic music on his instrumental works such as the Piano and Violin Concertos; his circular approach to musical time and temporal use of scales in works such as Study No. 2 on Metric Modulations for 4 percussion instruments, Haikus of the Sea and VibraZoyd for vibraphone and electronics; his use of instrumental and metric granulation as applied to micro and macro temporal scales; extra-musical influences in pieces such as Autumn Wind, where poetry (haikus) and algorithm combine; and in reference to works such as La Céleste, Homing, and No time the composer will consider his collaborations with other artists.

Born in Madrid in 1956, José Manuel López López studied Piano, Composition and Conducting in Madrid under Luis de Pablo. He studied Composition with Luigi Nono in Granada and Franco Donatoni in Siena, and then moved to France to further his studies at the GMB in Bourges, and later in Avignon at the Acanthes class with Olivier Messiaen and Pierre Boulez. Following this phase

he consolidated his personal musical language, delving deeper into electronic music at Paris University 8 with Horacio Vaggione, and IRCAM’s Cursus (1992), where he has taught since 1992, and where he now directs the Composition Workshop. Since 2012, he has also taught composition at the Édgard Varèse Conservatory in Gennevilliers. In 2017, he was appointed Lecturer in Composition at the Paris Conservatory (CRR). On a French government scholarship, he moved to Kyoto in 1996 - an experience which led to a profound turning-point in his thinking about timbre and musical time. In 1997, he received an award from the Spanish Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, and was awarded the National Music Prize from the Spanish Ministry of Culture in 2000. Between 2008 and 2011 he was Artistic Director of the National Auditorium of Music in Madrid. In 2012 he was awarded the SACEM Francis and Mica Salabert Prize, and received the René Dumesnil Music Prize from the French Fine Arts Academy in 2013. For 2019-2020 he has been appointed Resident Composer of the CNDM/INAEM in Madrid. His works have been published by Universal, Transatlantiques and Enry Lemoine.

José Manuel López López speaker

Presented by ILAMS as part of Echoes Festival 2019 in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes and the Royal Academy of Music

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Attendance is strictly by prior booking only, via email. Please note that places are limited, with priority given to Friends of Echoes Festival. (Click HERE to join)



Background video: Iguazú falls on the border between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay

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