Pedro Garcia Velasquez

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Colombian-French composer, Pedro Garcia-Velasquez begins his musical training with violin. It’s at age 17 that he starts studying composition at the Pontifical Javeriana University in Bogota in Harold Vasquez-Castañeda’s class. He obtains his degree in composition in 2006 before pursuing his studies in France: first off with Jean-Luc Hervé in Boulogne-Billancourt’s CRR, and then with Frédéric Durieux at the Conservatoire de Paris (CNSMDP) from which he graduates in composition in 2013.

It’s in 2008 that Pedro Garcia-Velasquez, still studying at the CNSMDP, co-founds Le Balcon ensemble alongside Alphonse Cemin, Maxime Pascal, Juan-Pablo Carreño and Florent Derex. In residency at the Singer-Polignac Foundation and at L’Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet, Le Balcon seeks to develop new concepts of written music concerts and to lead discussions on music creation, relations with the audience and performance in general.
 
His main works are Scratched Shadows, for video-staged musicians, in collaboration with Nieto (2012), Ruines, for dancer and chamber ensemble, in collaboration with Tatiana Julien (2013), Moro de Venecia, concerto for violoncello and chamber orchestra (2014), Lieux Perdus - Théâtre acoustique I, for 4 singers, chamber orchestra and 3D sound system, in collaboration with stage director Benjamin Lazar (2014) and Fête dans le vide : Théâtre acoustique II, for soprano, chamber orchestra and 3D sound system (2015), C'est déjà le matin, co-written with Arthur Lavandier et Frédéric Blondy, for the Philharmonie de Paris as well as Initio, opéra chorégraphique co-written with the choreographer Tatiana Julien and Maxime Pascal, for the Théâtre National de Chaillot.
 
One of his actual main interests is the creation of immersive sound worlds using 3D sound techniques. For example in Lieux perdus, the use of the binaural technique (3D sound on headphones) offers an intimate and immersive experience to the listener and plunges into the outskirts of reality. One of the artistic goals of this cycle is to artistically use the sound evocative force and play on the border between evocative landscapes and pure music.
Pedro Garcia-Velasquez is in residence at IRCAM and ZKM in 2017 to further develop technics of this aspect of his work.
 
Pedro is now working on a augmented version of Das Lied von der Erdre by Mahler/Schönberg, for chamber orchestra, immersif electronics and robotic percussion orchestra. It will be premiered at Festival de Saint-Denis 2020.
 
Pedro Garcia-Velasquez was awarded with the Cardin prize of the Académie des Beaux-Arts, Institut de France (French Fine-Arts Academy) in 2016.
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Featured Pieces

concerto for violoncello and chamber orchestra

12 E
Instrumentation
for 4 voices, chamber orchestra and 3D sound on headphones

18 E
Instrumentation
Ordered by year. Most recent works appears first

Music for Theater


Maldoror à Isidore Ducasse (2019)

Composite work


Commanderie 2019 for robotic arms, 3D sound installations and live concerts (2019)

Sound Installation


Études pour théâtre acoustique Installation sonore pour diffusion 3D et instrument automate (2018)

Voices and Instruments


Homme Hors Temps for soprano, tenor and ensemble (2017)
Le Choc for soprano and ensemble (2017)
Lieux Perdus - Théâtre Acoustique I for 4 voices, chamber orchestra and 3D sound on headphones (2014)

Orchestral Music


Rayons solaires for orchestra (2017)

Solo Voice and Accompaniment


¡ Recuerdos Julien ! pour voix et piano (2017)

String Quartet


Danse intérieure for string quartet (2017)
Péndulo Suplantado (2008)

Music and Dance


INITIO, opéra chorégraphique pièce lyrique et chorégraphique (2017)
Ruines pour ensemble (2015)
Douve pour trio danseuses et orchestre de chambre (2013)

Choral Ensemble


Eteindre le temps for choir (2017)

Soloist (Instrument or Voice) and Real Time Electronics


Chants souterrains pour violoncelle et électronique (2016)
Brujería for saxophone and electronics (2011)
Calcifer comme un rite oublié, pour flûte et électronique (2011)

Vocal Music


¡ Recuerdos Julien ! pour voix et piano (2017)
Eteindre le temps for choir (2017)
Homme Hors Temps for soprano, tenor and ensemble (2017)
Le Choc for soprano and ensemble (2017)
Fête dans le vide - Théâtre Acoustique II for soprano, chamber orchestra, electronics and 3D sound diffusion system. (2015)
Lieux Perdus - Théâtre Acoustique I for 4 voices, chamber orchestra and 3D sound on headphones (2014)

Concerto


Moro de Venecia concerto for violoncello and chamber orchestra (2013)

Soloist (Instrument or Voice) and Fixed Electronic Media


Cras Lucebit [German system bassoon] for bassoon and electronics (2012)
Cras Lucebit (2010)

Chamber Ensemble (5 - 9 instruments)


Ruines pour ensemble (2015)
Octuor de Saxophones for saxophone ensemble (2012)
Juguemos (2009)
Sueño de Una Nota (2009)
Destilación pour trois flûtes, violoncelle et piano (2008)
Esperando Llueva (2004)

Music and Video


Scratched Shadows for video-staged ensemble and electronics (2012)

Chamber Group ( 2 - 4 instruments )


Danse intérieure for string quartet (2017)
Remos pour saxophone et violoncelle (2012)
Trio pour deux Saxophones et Piano pour deux Saxophones et Piano (2011)
Kañvus for string trio (2009)
Péndulo Suplantado (2008)
Leve, Reflejo, Contracorriente, Horizonte para flauta, guitarra y viola (2003)

Ensemble (Instruments or Voices) and Real Time Electronics


Duo for violon, cello ant electronics (2010)

Ensemble (10 - 19 instruments)


Plop pour 15 instruments (2010)

String Trio


Kañvus for string trio (2009)
Brujería for saxophone and electronics (2011)
Calcifer comme un rite oublié, pour flûte et électronique (2011)
Chants souterrains pour violoncelle et électronique (2016)
Commanderie 2019 for robotic arms, 3D sound installations and live concerts (2019)
Cras Lucebit (2010)
Cras Lucebit [German system bassoon] for bassoon and electronics (2012)
Danse intérieure for string quartet (2017)
Destilación pour trois flûtes, violoncelle et piano (2008)
Douve pour trio danseuses et orchestre de chambre (2013)
Duo for violon, cello ant electronics (2010)
Esperando Llueva (2004)
Eteindre le temps for choir (2017)
Études pour théâtre acoustique Installation sonore pour diffusion 3D et instrument automate (2018)
Fête dans le vide - Théâtre Acoustique II for soprano, chamber orchestra, electronics and 3D sound diffusion system. (2015)
Homme Hors Temps for soprano, tenor and ensemble (2017)
INITIO, opéra chorégraphique pièce lyrique et chorégraphique (2017)
Juguemos (2009)
Kañvus for string trio (2009)
Le Choc for soprano and ensemble (2017)
Leve, Reflejo, Contracorriente, Horizonte para flauta, guitarra y viola (2003)
Lieux Perdus - Théâtre Acoustique I for 4 voices, chamber orchestra and 3D sound on headphones (2014)
Maldoror à Isidore Ducasse (2019)
Moro de Venecia concerto for violoncello and chamber orchestra (2013)
Octuor de Saxophones for saxophone ensemble (2012)
Péndulo Suplantado (2008)
Plop pour 15 instruments (2010)
Rayons solaires for orchestra (2017)
Remos pour saxophone et violoncelle (2012)
Ruines pour ensemble (2015)
Scratched Shadows for video-staged ensemble and electronics (2012)
Sueño de Una Nota (2009)
Trio pour deux Saxophones et Piano pour deux Saxophones et Piano (2011)
¡ Recuerdos Julien ! pour voix et piano (2017)