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Rieman and Baketel Fellow for Music
Independent Composer (United Kingdom)
Reimagining Musical Instruments: The Sound of Impossible Objects in My Music

Camilo Mendez is a Colombian composer based in the United Kingdom since 2006. His work is characterized by the composition of musical cycles based on texts and extramusical stimuli. His current compositional approach intends to explore different ways in which texts can be translated into numerical sequences and how these sequences can be transformed into musical materials, as well as the possibilities of nondiscursive structures to organize the works of each cycle.

During his time at the Radcliffe Institute, Mendez is composing two new chamber works using prepared musical instruments. One will be part of the compositional cycle BURSZTYN, and the other will be part of Cartography of Convoluted Spaces. The works will be performed by Yarn/Wire.

Mendez is co–artistic director of clapTON Ensemble and an associated member of the LSO Soundhub scheme for emerging composers. He completed a doctorate and a master’s in advanced composition at the Royal College of Music, in London, and also studied privately with Pierluigi Billone and Rebecca Saunders. His music has been performed by ensembles and soloists who specialize in contemporary concert music and has been featured in such international festivals as Festival Internacional Cervantino, the International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt, June in Buffalo, Klasik Keyifler, the Mallorca Saxophone Festival, and Next Generation Donaueschingen. In 2009, he was awarded the Colombian national prize in composition for his work Tropical Textures VI. He has held a residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

2017–2018 Radcliffe Institute Fellows

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