Javier Muñoz Bravo is a chilean composer interested in creating both instrumental and electronic music. His work catalog includes pieces for solo instruments, chamber music, ensemble, orchestra, as well as music for dance and cinema. He is inspired by nature phenomena such as chaotic processes or light behavior, but also by time flexibility and artificial intelligence in real-time electronic music.
He studied composition at the University of Chile with Andrés Maupoint, Cirilo Vila, Jorge Pepi-Alos, among others. After studying at the Strasbourg Conservatory with Mark André, he obtained a Master in Composition at the HEAR of Strasbourg with Philippe Manoury, Annette Schlünz, Tom Mays and Thierry Blondeau. He studied Ircam’s Cursus in composition and computer music with Héctor Parra and a Master in mixed composition at the HEM of Geneva with Michael Jarrell, Luis Naon and Eric Daubresse, while being in residence at the Cité international des Arts. He also followed master classes with Haspeter Kyburz, Miller Puckette, Georg Friedrich Haas, Yan Maresz, Philippe Leroux, José Manuel López-López, Martin Matalon, Luca Belcastro, Bruno Mantovani, Yann Robin, Johannes Maria Staud, Henry Fourès, Natasha Barrett, José Miguel Fernández, among others.
His works have been played at the Barcelona’s French Institut, Ai–maako Electroacoustic Festival (Chile), Contemporary Music Festival of the University of Chile, 39th Festival des Musiques et Créations Electroniques de Bourges, Contemporary Music Festival of Lima (Peru), Les nuits des Cathédrales and Exhibitronics Festival in Strasbourg, Bâle Conservatory, among others.He premiered at the Strasbourg Conservatory his “Messe électronique” (3D images and choreography by Juan-Francisco Duroure). In 2014, he presented a piece during two listening sessions of the collective “État latant” at Ircam and in Darmstadt (Germany), then as finalist at the France-Taiwan Acousmatic Composition Competition, and in Buenos Aires. During the 3rd World Forum for Democracy, he composed the music for the lighting of the Europe Council in Strasbourg with the collective AV-Exciters. He also participated in the 43rd Cervantino International Festival (Mexico) with the Vertebrae Ensemble. He presented several pieces at the Musica and SaxOpen festivals in Strasbourg & Yehudi Menuhin Forum in Bern with Andrés Castellani, and an orchestral piece with the Mitteldeutsche Kammerphilharmonie during the Impuls Festival (Bauhaus-Dessau, Germany). The Dela duo created one of his pieces in France and at the Singapore Saxophone Simposium 2017, as well as at the University of Melbourne, the Melbourne Recital Center and the Universities of Monash and Sydney.
He did a portrait concert at the Cité internationale des Arts in Paris with his pieces for saxophone performed by saxophonists Joseph Lallo, Olivier Duverger, Melinda Urh, soprano Claire Trouilloud and violist Antonin Le Faure.
He worked with many performers from the Paris and Geneva Conservatories, notably with violinist Aya Kono during the Ircam’s Festival ManiFeste in Paris, at MonacoTech from the Arts Spring Festival in Monte-Carlo, and during Archipel Festival 2018 in Geneva. Javier also presented a piece for string quartet and electronics with Ensemble Contrechamps in Geneva. During the same year, he presented a piece for narrator, orchestra and live electronics with the french actress Isabelle Adjani and the Geneva Camerata orchestra. A second version of this piece was performed on the Swiss Radio Television by the orchestra of the Hem of Geneva under the direction of Pierre Bleuse.
He presented recent pieces during ensemble Sillages electr()cutions Festival in Brest with saxophonist Stéphane Sordet, at the Gennevilliers Conservatory in Paris with the ensemble Multilatérale under the direction of Léo Warynski & with Vortex ensemble in Geneva. In the context of ARCO binational university, association between the Mozarteum University Salzbourg et Gmem-Marseille, the ensembles Les Métaboles & Multilatérale have premiered one of their pieces at Gmem-Marseille under the direction of Léo Warynski.
He is a resident at the Cité Internationale des arts in Paris in four different programs. He received the Excellence Scholarship from the High School of Arts of the Rhine (HEAR) and the City of Strasbourg, from the Fondo de la Música y de las Artes de Chile (Ministry of Culture of Chile) and four times from Sacem. He receives the Coupleux-Lassalle Foundation award in 2017, presenting a piece with Jeanne Crousaud and Wilhem Latchoumia during the “Format Raisins” Festival (France). The same year, he receives the Mega Jury award in Buenos Aires-Argentina for mixed music. Javier gets a commission from the French Ministry of Culture for the contemporary puppet piece ‘Résurgence’, which will be premiered in 2022 with la Cie Sans Visage & the Sillages Ensemble at the Manège scène Nationale Reims. Javier won the Pulsar-Chile Awards, as best classical music artist of the year 2022 (he was also nominated for this same category in 2019).
Parallel to the composition, Javier is professor of electroacoustic composition, improvisation and musical training at the Conservatory of Paris-Saclay in Orsay and Champs-sur-Marne/Noisiel (Paris).