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henry vega . . .

 


Henry Vega, born in New York City (1973), is an active composer and performer of new music whose works appear in productions of theatre, dance and concert music that focus solely on modern artistic trends. His music ranges from virtuosic instrumental writings to subtle colourful compositions orchestrating traditional instrumentations with the world of electronic sound. His current interests lie within theatrical settings of his music in combination with video in the space of minimal aesthetics that cross simple harmonies over noisy counterpoints.

Vega's works have been performed at festivals and venues in Europe and the Americas often performing with his trio The Electronic Hammer. He has had the pleasure to write music for ensembles such as the MAE, VocaalLab, Ensemble Integrales, the Ragazze String Quartet as well as the Roentgen Connection.

Many of his works have been composed for instruments in combination with the computer as a live instrument aiming to create new sounds for his compositions that fuse the virtuosity of the instrumentalists with digital variations of themselves. This combination has been an influence on the way the music sounds as well as an an inspiration for how to approach acoustic instruments and scores, something which is evident from his more recent compositions.

Vega founded The Electronic Hammer trio in 2004, a group performing and commissioning new works for percussion and computers, and The Spycollective music, theatre and dance group. He has had the pleasure to write music for ensembles such as the MAE, the VocaalLab, Ensemble Integrales, the Ragazze String Quartet as well as the Roentgen Connection.

Vega has recently released his 'Wormsongs' vocal set which has received radio performances across Europe. He has also had works released on ICMC 2004 (Idoru in Metals) and in 2011 he was included in the 'Anthology of Dutch Electronic Music 99-10' (The Hallelujah Drones).

His music has received first prize from Musica Nova (Czech Rep.), Crash Intl. Biennale (Poland), Dragons Den @ Queens (UK) and SCI (US) as well as Honourable Mention from the Hungarian Radio EAR competition. Since 2005 he has been awarded commission grants from the Dutch Fonds Podium Kunsten.

Vega holds a PhD from Queen's University (SARC) in Belfast. Previous to this he studied composition at Florida Intl. University with Orlando Garcia and Kristine Burns, at the University of North Texas with Jon Nelson and at the Institute for Sonology at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague where his mentors, Paul Berg, Joel Ryan and Kees Tazzelar, guided him in programming, improvisation and composition. During these years Vega has also had the opportunity to study in private master-classes with Franco Donatoni, Earl Brown, James Tenney, Francis Dhomont and Christian Wolff.


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