Fátima Miranda

(born in Salamanca, Spain, resident in Madrid). Performer, Researcher and Composer. After completing her M.A. in Art History, she specialized in contemporary art, publishing two books in this field. In 1979 she was a founding member of the improvisation group Taller de Música Mundana and Flatus Vocis Trío, which is exclusively dedicated to phonetic poetry. She recorded The Paper Opera with the former and Grosso Modo with the latter. Between 1982 and 1989, she directed the Music Library of the Complutense University of Madrid. In 1985 she received the National Award of Culture and Communication bestowed by the Ministry of Culture for her book La Fonoteca (The Sound Library). Since 1983, she has been doing research on the voice and vocal music in traditional musics and this has propelled her to use the voice not only for singing and speaking but also as a wind and percussion instrument built into the body. All of the above constitutes the basis for her own integrated musical language. In 1987-1988 she studied with the japanese singer Yumi Nara. She learnt mongol harmonic singing with Tran Quang Haï and in 1987 she commenced studies of North Indian Classical Music in Dhrupad style. From 1983 to 1993 she studied bel canto with various professors in order to combine vocal techniques traditionnally considered incompatibles. In 1996, she was awarded a DAAD grant, being invited by the Berliner Künstlerprogramm des Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, as artist in residence in the city of Berlin. During the nineties she created three concerts-performances for solo voice. In 2005 she created "Cantos Robados", edited on DVD. She has performed as a soloist in numerous international festivals within contemporary, vocal and experimental music circuits as well as those of theatre, sound poetry and performance art.
Selected Works: Las Voces de la Voz (1991), Concierto en Canto (1995), ArteSonado (2000), each of them edited on CD; Cantos Robados (DVD, 2005).

Contact: www.fatima-miranda.com