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Concerts, premieres and commissions

2014


2nd of May

Quale

for saxophone baritone and ensemble
Who: Red Note Ensemble, Carl Emmanuel Fisbach, Saxophone
Frame: Plug Festival
Where: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, Scotland.
When: 19:30+

7th of June

Hach

for flute, clarinet, violin, contrabass, harp and percussion
Who: Lontano Ensemble
Frame: PhD Workshop
Where: King's College London, UK

15th of June

Shi

for women choir
Who: Cor de noies Exaudio
Where: Igualada, Catalunya.
When: 19:0

26th of June

Cowfields

for electronics
Frame: ME_MMIX
Where: Palma de Mallorca
When: 18:30+

29th of June

Shi

for women choir
Who: Cor de noies Exaudio
Where: Església adventista del setè dia, carrer Urgell 133, Barcelona, Catalunya.
When: 19:0

20th of July

Cowfields

for electronics
Frame: Festival Sirga 2014
Where: Cinema de Flix

20th of July

Espai-Contraespai

interactive electronics
Frame: Festival Sirga 2014
Where: Castell de Flix

9th of August

Gink.Go

for electronics
Frame: NMEchá#3 Project
Where: CPFL Cultura, Campinas (São Paulo/Brazil)

28th of October

Blanc Cassé

for 12 instruments
Who: Vertixe Sonora
Frame: Visións del Greco
Where: Santiago de Compostela

15th of November

La falsa tortuga

for electronics
Frame: Concert Zeppelin: Memorias subterráneas de Alícia
Where: Sala Raval del CCCB
When: 19:0

2015


Algol

for tuba trio
Who: Maxime Morel & company
Where: King's College London, UK

New Piece

for large orchestra

Krass

for 2 accordions

October

Duo

for saxophone and cello
Where: Lima, Peru.

Catalogue

  • shi
    2014

    Shi

  • eon
    2012

    Æon

  • stryx
    2010

    Stryx

  • toutbas
    2010

    Tout bas

  • mira
    2013

    Mira

  • blanccasse
    2014

    Blanc Cassé

  • scs
    2013

    Espace - Contrespace

  • qualecolor
    2013

    Quale - Color

  • kaala
    2012

    Kaala

  • cowfields
    2008

    Cowfields

  • anadras
    2009

    Anadras

  • ginkgo
    2014

    Gink.Go

  • falsatortuga
    2014

    La falsa tortuga

  • hach
    2014

    Hach

  • algol
    2013

    Algol

  • quale
    2012

    Quale

  • ison
    2013

    ISON

  • ixi
    2004

    .iXi.

  • entropia
    2005

    Entropia

  • skizzen
    2008

    Skizzen für Allerleirauh

  • saxaphonie
    2008

    Saxaphonie

  • nicotune
    2009

    Nicotune

  • yonosoyyo
    2009

    Yo no soy yo

  • tabou
    2011

    Tabou abattu

  • si
    2005

    Si!

  • modom
    2005

    Mødom

  • affinites
    2010

    Affinités Électives

  • eimai
    2013

    Eimai

  • vari
    2013

    Väri

  • traces
    2007

    Traces

  • figres1
    2012

    Figures de résonances nº1

  • figres2
    2012

    Figures de résonances nº2

  • figres3
    2012

    Figures de résonances nº3

  • figres4
    2012

    Figures de résonances nº4

  • mauresque
    2012

    Mauresque

  • impro1
    2012

    Improvisation sur des Chansons Paysannes I

  • impro2
    2012

    Improvisation sur des Chansons Paysannes II

  • impro3
    2012

    Improvisation sur des Chansons Paysannes III

  • impro4
    2012

    Improvisation sur des Chansons Paysannes IV

  • impro6
    2012

    Improvisation sur des Chansons Paysannes VI

About

©2013 Liana Colas

Daniel Figols-Cuevas (Barcelona, 1980), cello player and physicist (UB), studies composition with Luis Naón (ESMuC), Mathias Spahlinger (Freiburg Musik Hochschule) i Stefano Gervasoni (CNSMDP). Simultaneously he studies orchestration with Denis Cohen and electronic music with Luis Naón (CNSMDP) and Yan Maresz (Cursus 1, IRCAM).

After obtaining his Master degree in composition at CNSMDP in 2012, he is currently studying a PhD in composition in King’s College London with George Benjamin and Silvina Milstein.

His pieces have been performed by: Enno Poppe, Lorraine Vaillancourt, Baldur Brönnimann, Tito Ceccherini, Jean-Philippe Wurtz, Carl-Emmanuel Fisbach, Matteo Cesari, Maxime Morel, Luigi Gaggero, Pasquale Corrado and by the ensembles: Klangforum Wien (Austria), Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart (Fondation Royaumont, Paris), Ensemble Vocal Exaudi (Manifeste Academy, Paris), NEM (Domaine Forget, Québec), ONL (France), Jenaer Philharmonie Orchestra (Via-Nova Weimar 2013, Germany), BCN216 (Catalonia), Lontano Ensemble (United Kingdom), Musica Qu Lacoza (Japan), UMS 'n JIP (Festival Mixtur 2013, Barcelona) and Switzerland and Vertixe Sonora (Spain).

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Daniel Figols-Cuevas was born in Barcelona in 1980. He studied cello, physics at Universitat de Barcelona and composition at ESMuC with Luis Naón and at Freiburg Musik Hochschule with Mathias Spahlinger. He pursued his studies of composition and orchestration at CNSMDP with Stefano Gervasoni. After Cursus 1 at IRCAM under Yan Maresz guidance, he is been granted a Masters Degree at CNSMDP in october 2012.

He currently studies a Research PhD in composition at King’s College London under George Benjamin and Silvina Milstein supervision.

He participated actively in various academies: Fondation Royaumont, Centre Acanthes, Domaine Forget and Manifeste Academy, Paris. His works have been performed in many countries by reknown ensembles: Klangforum Wien, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Orchestre Nationale de Lorraine, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Jenaer Philharmonie Orchestra, BCN216, Lontano Ensemble, Musica Qu Lacoza.

He is being awarded with Impuls International Competition Prize 2012 and Via-Nova Weimar 2013.

As a composer and former physicist his compositional research has mostly been inspired by sound itself: he thinks about music in terms of energy, shape, density and colour. His study of acoustics and electronics at Ircam, in Paris, opened new perspectives on composition; he started to feel the need to enlarge the sonic palette of instrumental colours, and thus to explore extended playing techniques as well as computer assisted orchestration. Those elements became a very important part of his current compositional methods. As a matter of fact, there is no difference between composition and orchestration/instrumentation, both being processes strongly anchored in his creative process. Daniel’s central concern at the moment is how the acoustic features of various instruments and electronics can be combined together to obtain new hybrid timbres and textures, that hopefully will invite the audience to discover their own listening capabilities and consequently foster an awareness for the subjective thinking process present in the very act of perceiving.

In general terms, he tries to avoid any abstract, complex or over-structured language. His music is about sensual simplicity and the pleasure of an active listening. As the eyes try to discriminate shades of a particular colour and different textures in paintings, as the hands attempts to discern the different materials an object is made of, as the tongue seeks to perceive the mixture of ingredients in a recipe, Daniel Figols-Cuevas’ music explores the fusion of instrumental colours and musical gestures emerging from new acoustical structures.

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Born in Barcelona in 1980.

Studies



2016 / 2013

King's College London
Research PhD in composition under George Benjamin and Silvina Milstein supervision.

2012 / 2007

Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP)
2012 - Master in composition (Diplome de deuxième cycle supérieur de composition), prof. Stefano Gervasoni.

2009 / 2007

Masterclasses at CNSMDP, Paris
Pierre Boulez, Michael Jarrel, Klaus Huber, Pier Luigi Billone, Gabriele Manca, Tristan Murail, Helmut Lachenmann, Salvatore Sciarrino, Michael Levinas, Philippe Hurel, Hans Holliger, Claude Ledoux, Mario Caroli, Lorelei Dowling, Frank Wörner, Luigi Gaggero...

2006 / 2005

Freiburg Musik Hochschule

2007 / 2003

Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, Barcelona
Composition Degree, prof. Luis Naón.

1998 / 2003

Universitat de Barcelona (UB), Barcelona
Physics

2002 / 1994

Conservatori Professional de Música de Terrassa
Professional Degree in cello.

1994 / 1990

Escolania de Montserrat

Stages:



2013

Manifeste Academy, Ircam, Paris.

2011 / 2010

Cursus 1 at IRCAM, Paris

2010

Summer academy at Centre Acanthes, Metz

Summer academy at Domaine Forget, Montréal

2009

Summer academy «voix nouvelles» at Fondation Royaumont, Paris

Awards:



2013

Via-Nova Orchestra Composition Competition, Weimar

2012

Impuls Award - International Composition Competition, Viena
Commission for Klangforum Wien.

2005

IV International Composition Meeting, Cergy-Pontoise
3rd Prize

Professional experience:



2015 / 2013

King's College London
Tutor in composition

Scholarships:



2013

Madrid
Scholarship from Fundación Caja Madrid for PhD studies in UK

2015 / 2013

King's College London
PhD Scholarship

2011

Paris
Scholarship Fonds Tarrazzi

2009 / 2007

Barcelona
Scholarship from 'La Caixa' Bank

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