Luis Fernando Amaya

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Born in Aguascalientes, México, Luis Fernando Amaya is a Chicago-based composer and percussionist. Topics such as collective memory, "flaw," and the relationship between humans and non-human others (such as plants and animals, imaginary or not) are commonly present in his work. He studied composition and music theory at the Centro de Investigación y Estudios Musicales (CIEM) in México City. Currently, Luis Fernando is pursuing a Ph.D. in composition at Northwestern University.

Amaya's music has been performed throughout North America (México, the US, Canada), South America, and Europe. Performers of his music include the Arditti Quartet (UK), Yuko Yoshikawa (Japan), CEPROMUSIC (México), Quartetto Indaco (Italy), Spektral Quartet, Mivos Quartet, Ensemble Dal Niente (USA), amongst others. He is the recipient of various awards and fellowships such as the Fonca-Conacyt Scholarship, Presidential Fellowship (NU,) and representing México in the 61st International Rostrum of Composers of the UNESCO in Helsinki, Finland. As a performer, Amaya is a member of the collective composition and free improvisation trio Fat Pigeon.
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Ordered by year. Most recent works appears first

Ensemble (10 - 19 instruments)


Cosa verde para descansar los ojos for percussion quartet, sound sculptures, and chamber orchestra (2020)

String Quartet


Dialecto de árbol no.4 for string quartet (2019)
En esta línea contengo un bosque. - (2018)
La sombra de la sombra de un objeto aún no encontrado for prepared string quartet and electronics (2017)

Ensemble (Instruments or Voices) and Fixed Electronic Media


Bestiario: dos for violin, tenor saxophone, and electronics (2019)
Bestiario: tres for electric guitar, percussion, and electronics (2019)
Pregunta no.3: Fonón for violin, mezzo-soprano, crystal vase, and electronics (2018)
Tinta Roja, Tinta Negra/Red Ink, Black Ink arrangement for open instrumention (5 or more instruments) (2017)

Solo Instrument


Pregunta no.2: Cóndor for piano + 2 e-bows (2017)

Large Ensemble (20 - 35 instruments)


En mi caminar en el desierto for chamber orchestra + off-stage mezzosoprano and English horn (2015)
Bestiario: dos for violin, tenor saxophone, and electronics (2019)
Bestiario: tres for electric guitar, percussion, and electronics (2019)
Cosa verde para descansar los ojos for percussion quartet, sound sculptures, and chamber orchestra (2020)
Dialecto de árbol no.4 for string quartet (2019)
En esta línea contengo un bosque. - (2018)
En mi caminar en el desierto for chamber orchestra + off-stage mezzosoprano and English horn (2015)
La sombra de la sombra de un objeto aún no encontrado for prepared string quartet and electronics (2017)
Pregunta no.2: Cóndor for piano + 2 e-bows (2017)
Pregunta no.3: Fonón for violin, mezzo-soprano, crystal vase, and electronics (2018)
Tinta Roja, Tinta Negra/Red Ink, Black Ink arrangement for open instrumention (5 or more instruments) (2017)