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Martin Herraiz never had a composition lesson. He won the Funarte Classical Composition Prize (Brazil, 2012) and was a finalist at the two Nieuw Ensemble/BAMdialogue Brazilian Composers’ Competitions (Holland, 2009 and 2011) and at the Ossia New Music Composition Prize (USA, 2016), among others. He has worked closely with ensembles and soloists such as PIAP, Camerata Aberta, Claudio Cruz (Brazil), Nieuw Ensemble (Holland), Ensemble Reconsil (Austria), and Vertixe Sonora Ensemble (Spain), among others. He directed from 2003 to 2005 the music company MEFISTO, and has also performed in several other projects related to experimental music. He co-organized in 2007 the 5th National Composers Meeting (ENCUn), which took place in São Paulo over a week of concerts (including dozens of premieres), workshops and roundtables, among other activities. In 2008 he co-produced the CD Ressonâncias (LAMI 007) featuring works by 10 living brazilian composers, including his own “misantrópicos I”. In 2010 he organized, in connection with the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) in New York, the first Brazilian performance of the 60×60 festival, featuring his acousmatic miniature “migraine impromptu”. His work “twelve scenes from a concerto”, a “topographical deconstruction” of the Allegretto from Bartók’s third piano concerto, is featured on the On Broadway CD compilation (Cordelia Records, UK, 2013). In 2014, with support from the Ibermúsicas program, he made an artistic residency in Vienna, Austria, where his work “don’t look now” was premiered by the Ensemble Reconsil. 2015 saw the release of the 14-CD box set Ensemble Reconsil Exploring the World (Orlando Records, Austria, or-0014), featuring “cubist dances”, and of the Boulez+ DVD (Selo SESC, Brazil, DVDSS 0024/15), featuring “relato de insônia”. Currently he maintains the improvisation duo Discórdio with guitarist and composer Daniel Mendes. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design and a Masters in Musicology at the São Paulo State University (UNESP) with a dissertation on Frank Zappa’s orchestral music.

 

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