Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Music

Music Research Seminar: Pedro Alvarez

Pedro Alvarez

Situational composition and its conjunction with improvisation

Lecture Theatre 1, School of Music


The speaker is composer Pedro Alvarez.


My compositional work from recent years seeks to take distance from a processual unfolding of music to focus formal concerns on static situations and their sheer juxtaposition. Drawing on historic and contemporary links, I will contextualise these endeavours, establishing connections with both theoretical and musical influences. Some musical examples will show the different ways in which these ideas are explored, in order to introduce recent undertakings that project this approach into both detailed music writing and free improvisation.

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