Amigo BIO/CV 2015 (Web Version)

Cristian Amigo CV 2015 (FULL PDF Web Version): Amigo 2015 web CV

Artist Biography (short version)

Cristian Amigo is an award-winning guitarist and composer, an artist concerned with exploring musical spaces between art music (free jazz and classical) and popular American music (blues, dub, funk, soul, Latin). An acoustic and electric guitarist with an improvising bent, Amigo writes,  performs, and produces chamber and orchestral music, electric and acoustic blues, electronic music, opera, theatre, film, performance works, fierce riffs, and songs. A musical polyglot, Amigo describes himself as basically “a post-bop blues guitarist.”

Amigo’s awards include 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 including Kenny Burrell (jazz), Bruce Holzman (classical guitar), Harihar Rao (Hindustani music) Carlos Hayre (Afro-Peruvian and criollo music), Randy Woolf (orchestration), and Wadada Leo Smith (composition). The 2012 New Grove Dictionary of American Music (Oxford Press) contains a 500-word entry on Amigo and his music. He is currently composer-in-residence at INTAR Theater in New York City and teaches music at Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning.

His work has also been supported and/or produced by organizations including the Brooklyn Philharmonic, World Festival of Sacred Music (LA), NYC Alternative Guitar Festival, Knitting Factory (LA), BET, Playboy Jazz Festival, Vision Festival, MicroFEST NYC, BIRDFest (Amsterdam), Brooklyn Museum, Flea Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, PUBLIC Theater, Rattlestick Theater, Ma-Yi Theater Company, Latin FreeJazz Festival. 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 Elliott Sharp, Bern Nix, J.D. Parran, Carlos Hayre, JACK Quartet, The John Cage Big Band, jill sigman/thinkdance, William Hooker, Wadada Leo Smith, Hans Tammen, Jason Kao Hwang, Andrew Drury, Miguel Frasconi, Gelsey Bell, Izzi Ramkissoon,  Dom Minasi, Alain Berge, Justo Almario, David Cherry, Phil Ranelin, Ed Barguiarena, David J. Carpenter, Evan Stone, Hans Zimmer, Mark Mancina, John Van Tongeron, Narada Michael Walden, Les Hooper, Toni Childs. Alice Tuan, Kevin Mambo, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Alexis Marcelo, Patrick Grant, Angela Babin, Kristin Norderval, Royce Vavrek, Lauren Worsham, Migdalia Cruz, Marie Guex, Gustavo Aguilar, Satoshi Takeishi, Lucrecia Novoa, Eve Beglarian, Mary Rowell, Martin Tillman, Juan Felipe Herrera, Michael John Garces, Lou Moreno, David Anzuelo, and Renato Rosaldo.


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