“ 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
” 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
Cristian Amigo is an American composer, guitarist, and producer who explores connections between art (classical and jazz) music and American popular music; and between through-composed and improvised music. Known as an acoustic and electric guitarist, Amigo writes and performs avant chamber music, electronic music, opera, theatre, film, fierce riffs, American roots music, and songs. Amigo’s work has been supported by many foundations and public agencies including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council for the Arts, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, INTAR Theater, and Meet the Composer. Cristian holds a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from UCLA where he specialized in the guitar-centric folk musics of Argentina, Chile, and Peru. He currently fronts the Americana/Blues band THE GOTHAM ROOTS ORCHESTRA and is partial to the Gibson Les Paul Standard and Fender telecaster deluxe. He only plays through Fender amplifiers.
Thanks to everyone who made the March 31 debut concert @ Abrons Arts Center in NYC such a success! We are inspired by your support and enthusiasm. Gracias!
On Saturday, April 14th, 8pm, Neues Kabarett will present Jason Kao Hwang’s improvising string orchestra, Spontaneous River, performing his Symphony of Souls at the Brecht Forum. The Brecht is located at 451 West Street (the West Side Highway) between Bank & Bethune Streets. This concert is made possible with the generous support of the Argosy Foundation.
This concert will celebrate composer/conductor/violinist Mr.Hwang’s acclaimed 2011 CD, Symphony of Souls, produced by David Soldier for Mulatta Records.
Thursday, April 24 @ 8:00PM
Renato Rosaldo and Cristian Amigo live at University of Maine, Farmington.
Anthropoetista Rosaldo reads from his latest book of poetry Diego Luna’s Insider Tips. Amigo accompanies on the vihuela or telecaster.
Toby Maclennan’s Singing The Stars will take place in the Andrus Planetarium, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY, on May 6.To get an idea of the content of the performance and see examples of constructions/sculptures used by musicians in previous performances, please see the website – tobymaclennan.com – under Media, Performances, Singing the Stars. Featuring Cristian Amigo, Blaise Siwula, and musicians.
Hut #7 at St Nicks Alliance in North Brooklyn on Friday May 11.
Jill Sigman/thinkdance, Cristian Amigo, Miguel Frasconi, Gustavo Aguilar
The Hut Project is an ongoing series of site-based activities that weaves together themes of sustainability, shelter, real estate, nature, and home. Starting last winter, Jill Sigman/thinkdance began building a series of simple structures from found and re-purposed materials. Each hut acts as a catalyst for local activities such as performance, video, collaboration, and community dialogue. The huts are containers—places where the concepts of dwelling, structure, and art object meet. Activities for The Hut Project will vary and change site depending on which hut they are connected to.
Tuesday, June 25, On The Way Out presents the Dom Minasi/Cristian Amigo electric guitar duo. $10 suggested donation. @ Freddy’s @ 627 5th Avenue in S. Park Slope, Brooklyn
Wednesday, September 5_8:00 and 10:00PM. The John Cage Variety Show Big Band on at The Stone.
September. Date TBD. Locating The Sacred Festival (NYC).
October 23-25. Cristian Amigo. Gustavo Aguilar, Michael Varekamp Trio. BIRDFEST 2012. Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
“With the power of soul, anything is possible.”