This site is a hub to connect you with media and info related to my music, sound, theater, and education work. Also, for thoughts (not just mine) about being sonically human(e) in the twenty-first century–and free jazz fuzzy blues guitar, of course…forever. But listen and share first, then read:
Cristian Amigo is a New York City-based American/Latinx composer, guitarist, sound designer/artist, educator, and producer. Known as an acoustic and an electric jazz/blues guitarist and improviser, Amigo composes music/noise/sound for theatre, movement, chamber ensembles, jazz bands, opera, installation, and film. Amigo’s awards include a 2016-2019 Fulbright Scholar/Artist Fellowship to Bolivia, a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in music composition, and the Van Lier Fellowship from Meet the Composer. He has a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from UCLA and has studied theory, composition, and performance with masters from various world music traditions. The 2012 New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (Oxford Press) contains an entry on Amigo and his music. Performances include the NYC Latin FreeJazz Festival, Vision Festival, NYC Alternative Guitar Festival, and The World Festival of Sacred Music (LA). He is currently artist-in-residence at INTAR Latino Theater in New York City and teaches Sound Design at BMCC (CUNY).
His work has also been supported and/or produced by organizations including the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Knitting Factory (LA), BET, Playboy Jazz Festival, Vision Festival, El Taller Latinoamericano, MicroFEST NYC, BIRDFest (Amsterdam), Brooklyn Museum, Flea Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, PUBLIC Theater, Rattlestick Theater, Ma-Yi Theater Company, LAByrinth Theater Company, New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), New York City Opera, Jerome Foundation, American Composers Forum, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), New York State Music Fund, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Danish Arts Council, Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Yale Institute of Sacred Music, LAByrinth Theater Company, José Limón Dance Company, Sundance Institute’s Film Composer Labs, UCLA Center for Intercultural Performance (APPEX) , CSI(CUNY) Foundation, ASK Playwright/Composer Labs, Durfee Foundation, Teatro del Pueblo (Minneapolis), Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company (Washington, D.C.), INTAR Theater, Oslo Elsewhere, Atlantic Theater, Brava Theater (San Francisco), Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center, New Dramatists, 59E59, Making Books Sing, The Coterie, El Paper Magazine, White Fungus, La Peña de Berkeley, 3-Legged Dog, Inner-City Arts (LA), Teatro del Pueblo (Minneapolis), Frank Sinatra High School for the Performing Arts, UCLA, USF, CSU Dominguez Hills, CSU Stanislaus, CSU Northridge, University of Oregon, Bates College, CSU San Diego, UC Riverside, NYU, and CSI (CUNY).
Amigo has collaborated with hundreds of music, theater, and dance artists (and poets) including Poet Laureate of the United States Juan Felipe Herrera, Elliott Sharp, Bern Nix, J.D. Parran, Carlos Hayre, JACK Quartet, The John Cage Big Band, jill sigman/thinkdance, Wadada Leo Smith, Hans Tammen, Jason Kao Hwang, Miguel Frasconi, Justo Almario, Hans Zimmer, Mark Mancina, Narada Michael Walden, Alice Tuan, Kevin Mambo, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Alexis Marcelo, Patrick Grant, Angela Babin, Kristin Norderval, Royce Vavrek, Lauren Worsham, Migdalia Cruz, Eve Beglarian, Mary Rowell, Martin Tillman, Michael John Garces, Lou Moreno, David Anzuelo, and Renato Rosaldo.
” Guitarist-composer Cristian Amigo straddles the contemporary-classical, improv and rock worlds; no wonder he calls his Kingdom of Jones a “new music jam-band.” During any given performance, Messiaen grapples with Led Zeppelin while Perez Prado teaches Stravinsky to mambo.”
– TIME OUT NEW YORK
“ I kind of hate myself for digging this abrasive clatter [War is Good for Business] because it’s galaxies away from my Beatles- and Beethoven-forged sense of composition. But it rocks real hard against its orchestra of bloops and bleeps, and then breaks down to a mournful sound collage. A great theme for Halliburton’s symphony of opportunism.
– GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE
“Cristian Amigo is an excellent creative artist, guitarist and composer whose works reflect his concern with tradition and innovation in creative music in America.”
– WADADA LEO SMITH (AACM composer/trumpeter)