photo by Ola Renska
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 inspiration for how to approach acoustic instruments and scores, something which is evident from his more recent compositions.
Vega's most recent release, 'Ninevolt', is a set of solo cello works composed for long-time collaborator Jan Willem Troost and accompanied by the composer on electronics. The mix between leap-lyrical cello lines hypnotic kingdoms and growl n' bass reflect the composers fever for the instrument and his own reflections on classical, modernism and dance music influences belnded into a staged adaptation of his biography. His previous releases include the various instrumental writings in Stream Machines (2013) and the microminimal and unappologetic vocal set Wormsongs (2011) featuring the fantastic voice of Anat Spiegel. 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.), John Cage Year Festival (Lublin), 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 continuously been awarded commission grants from the Dutch Fonds Podiumkunsten that have helped develop his voice as an artist.
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.
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.
Vega has released most of his music under the label ARTEksounds and include Ninevolt, Stream Machines and the microminimal and unappologetic vocal set Wormsongs. His upcoming release with Club Gealt and the Modelo 62 cello quartet will feature be a mixture of harmonized vocals and solos accompanied by the intensity of a cello quartet.
photo by Ola Renska
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