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Gabriel José Bolaños

Gabriel José Bolaños (b. 1984 Bogotá, Colombia) is a Nicaraguan-American composer of solo, chamber, orchestral and electronic music. He holds a PhD in composition from UC Davis and a BA from Columbia University. His principal composition teachers include Mika Pelo, Pablo Ortiz, Laurie San Martin, Fabien Lévy, and Sebastian Currier, and he studied orchestration with Tristan Murail. He likes to write music that explores unusual timbres and structures, and is interested in computer-assisted-composition, auditory perception, and linguistics. His recent music engages with theories of ecological listening: how our sense of hearing evolved primarily to interpret our environment. He enjoys listening to music by Harvey, Furrer, Ligeti, Grisey, Cerha, Romitelli, Messiaen, Os Mutantes, Sabicas, and Bach.

For more information, please visit his website at gabrielbolanos.com

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