Gabriel Bolaños

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Gabriel José Bolaños (b. 1984 Bogotá, Colombia) is a Nicaraguan-American composer of solo, chamber, orchestral and electronic music. Bolaños received a BA in Music from Columbia University and a PhD in Music Theory and Composition from UC Davis. His principal composition teachers include Mika Pelo, Pablo Ortiz, Laurie San Martin, Fabien Lévy and Sebastian Currier, and he studied orchestration with Tristan Murail.

Bolaños is Assistant Professor of Music Composition at Arizona State University, where he teaches courses in composition, music technology, and acoustics. He was visiting lecturer at Bates College for the 2018-2019 academic year and taught courses in music theory and music technology. As a 2016-17 Fulbright Visiting Scholar in Nicaragua, he was composer-in-residence and visiting conductor for the UPOLI Conservatory Orchestra, and visiting professor at the UPOLI Conservatory of Music. He is co-founder and artistic director of Proyecto Eco, a Nicaraguan new-music ensemble. He has also helped organize artistic and cultural exchanges between US and Nicaraguan musicians. Beyond his work as a teacher and composer of concert music, he has also written music for film, theater and dance, and has experience performing as a flamenco dance accompanist.

Ordered by year. Most recent works appears first

Saxophone Quartet


Discourse for sax quartet and fixed electronics (2020)

Voices and Instruments


En abril no llueve for soprano, ensemble and electronics (2019)

Chamber Group ( 2 - 4 instruments )


Discourse for sax quartet and fixed electronics (2020)
Mombacho for harp, guitar, cimbalom, double bass and electronics (2019)
Isorritmia for three bongos (2016)
Khora Khora for flute and piano (2016)
Soilasara for two speaking violinists (2015)
Sonora for flute and clarinet in b-flat (2015)
Babel for string quartet (2015)
Ouroboros miniatures for two guitars (2008)

Soloist (Instrument or Voice) and Real Time Electronics


Los Minúsculos for solo bassoon and electronics (2018)

String Quartet


Babel for string quartet (2015)

Instrument and Electronics


Los Minúsculos for solo bassoon and electronics (2018)
Ecosystem for ensemble (2015)
A Trip Down Market Street for ensemble and silent film (2012)

Vocal Ensemble


Anónimo for ensemble (2014)

Ensemble (Instruments or Voices) and Fixed Electronic Media


A Trip Down Market Street for ensemble and silent film (2012)
A Trip Down Market Street for ensemble and silent film (2012)
Anónimo for ensemble (2014)
Babel for string quartet (2015)
Discourse for sax quartet and fixed electronics (2020)
Ecosystem for ensemble (2015)
En abril no llueve for soprano, ensemble and electronics (2019)
Isorritmia for three bongos (2016)
Khora Khora for flute and piano (2016)
Los Minúsculos for solo bassoon and electronics (2018)
Mombacho for harp, guitar, cimbalom, double bass and electronics (2019)
Ouroboros miniatures for two guitars (2008)
Soilasara for two speaking violinists (2015)
Sonora for flute and clarinet in b-flat (2015)