Cristian Amigo is an American composer, guitarist, producer, and educator. Known as an acoustic and electric guitarist, and improviser, Amigo writes for singers, chamber ensembles, orchestra, opera, theater, and film. After a decade as a successful NYC composer and guitarist in various music scenes (free jazz, new music, Afro-Peruvian, theater), Amigo is current focusing on the recording studio where he is writing and producing music from blues-inflected soul and dub, to funky blues and Afro-roots, to experimental new opera and noise.
He has worked with hundreds of artists including Wadada Leo Smith, Elliott Sharp, Bern Nix, William Hooker, Hans Zimmer, JD Parran, Eve Beglarian, Mary Rowell, Kathy Supove, Jason Hwang, Andrew Drury, Gustavo Aguilar, Du Yun, Kevin Mambo, JACK Quartet, Carlos Hayre, Corey Dargel, Renato Rosaldo, Juan Felipe Herrera, Royce Vavrek, David Ornette Cherry, Jill Sigman/thinkdance, and Miguel Frasconi. Cristian is currently composer-in-residence at INTAR Theater in New York City. His awards include fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, and Meet the Composer. His work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council for the Arts, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the American Composers Forum, and Innova Recordings, among others.
The 2012 New Grove Dictionary of American Music contains an entry on Cristian and his music. In 2011, he produced the recording NYFA: 25 Years of New York New Music, an anthology that includes music from Meredith Monk, Pauline Oliveros, Joan Tower, ETHEL, and hundreds of others. Amigo has a Ph.D. in Ethnomusiciology from UCLA.
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