María de Alvear

(born 1960 in Madrid, Spain) composer, performer and singer. She studied music in Spain and in Germany: harpischord, organ, piano, conducting and composition. Since 1998 she has regulary collaborated with her sister Ana de Alvear (visual artist), who has created photographic installations for her music. Alvear´s work is interactive and based on a knowledge of energy connections. She performs and sings in her own pieces. Some of her pieces are based on themes that are taboo to our Western way of thinking, provoking vehement debates and interesting interactions as a response to her work. Otherwise, her work has been very influenced by the trips she has made to different aboriginal nations in USA and Russia while looking for the inner essence of music and trying to understand the roots of musical development and her conviction on the sounds combinations can work on our state of mind.
Selected works: 25.9.95, 1995, vib; Abgesehen von menschlichen Ausnahmeschwächen: Pieza radiofónica con cerca de 30 colaboradores sobre un collage textual de María de Alvear, 1984; Acting: für 7 Stimmen und Kleines Orchester, 2005, 7 voices, chamber orchestra; Agua dulce: für Oboe, Violine und Orchester, 1994, ob, vl-orchestra; Ahnen, 2007, voice, video.
Recordings: En Amor Duro, 1993, Cía. Hat Art; Thinking, 2000, Live Unedited Concert Recording. Published by World Edition of Colonia: CD 0006 Baum, 2000; CD 0004 Vagina; CS 0005 Llena, 2000.
Awards: In 1992 he won the prize Bernd Alois Zimmermann of the city of Cologne

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