“Post-Bop Blues Guitarist” Cristian Amigo is available for interviews, concerts, sessions, productions, and composition as a solo artist, with his “new music jam band” Kingdom of Jones, and in various specialized configurations (duos, trios, quartets, etc.) drawing from the pool of New York City’s finest free improv, new music, and jazz musicians.
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Cristian Amigo is an American composer, guitarist, producer, and educator who explores connections between art (classical and jazz) music and American popular and roots musics. Known as an acoustic and electric guitarist, and improviser, Amigo writes avant-music for chamber ensembles, orchestra, opera, theater, and film; he composes and performs in various roots and experimental music groups including The Gotham Roots Orchestra and Kingdom of Jones.
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.
He has worked with hundreds of artists including Wadada Leo Smith, Elliott Sharp, Eve Beglarian, Mary Rowell, Kathy Supove, Jason Hwang, Andrew Drury, Gustavo Aguilar, Du Yun, 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 where he produces concerts and the INTAR Roots & New Music Festival.
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.
w/Elliott Sharp: w/Andrew Drury & Francois Grillot: w/Gustavo Aguilar:
” 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
“Amigo makes music that expresses a something that might not be defined in words to good advantage, It is the multiplicity of the modern experience.”
– GAPPLEGATE GUITAR BLOG
“ 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)