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8 June 2011

MODART diaries 2011 - Demian Galindo

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In February 2011, seven young composers attended the first MODART workshops for 2011 in Sydney. This year is the 5th edition of the biennial professional development program, initiated by The Song Company and the Australian Music Centre. The participants discuss their experiences in their MODART diaries - for more MODART blog articles and information about the program and its participants, please see the MODART web page on AMC Online.

I want to thank everyone at The Song Company for the invitation to attend MODART 2011. Roland and the vocal ensemble made me conscious of all the vocal knowledge that my teachers Manuel Cerda and Luca Belcastro taught me. It was amazing to hear outside my head the things that I wrote! So, what I learnt with Roland and the ensemble is that everything can sound totally different by just adding or subtracting little details and that working with voices can be a very intimate experience. Another important thing that I happen to believe in is that if something can make music better, it's the dialogue. Dialogue with the artistic director, the ensemble, the other composers and everyone around.

MODART is invaluable and imperative.

Roland is very patient, and because of his experience he knows what is exactly the right thing to say at the right moment: he says what he thinks is necessary, and focuses on what is not working in the score; he knows why it isn't working and suggests some possibilities to make it work. That kind of approach to the composers and their ideas makes the composer grow and his music better.

Further links

'Seven composers participate in MODART 2011 workshops' - Resonate 28 February 2011
The Song Company (www.songcompany.com.au/)

Demian Galindo (b. 1980, Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico), studied composition in the University of Guadalajara where he got his Bachelor's degree on 2008 with the Maestro Manuel Cerda, and is pursuing further studies with the Italian Luca Belcastro. He has composed several pieces by commission, with premieres in Wichita, Kansas (USA), Santiago (Chile), at the National Conservatory of Mexico City, the Autonomous University of Baja California, University of Guadalajara, the Arts School of Tecate, among others. He has composed music for theatre, short films and worked on audiovisual projects and as an arranger/orchestrator. Demian leads the Jalisco´s composers collective Gruppetto Charro and his chamber music ensemble 'Proyecto Caos' (Chaos Project).


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