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1 November 2018 Comments Off on Rubens Askenar Joins Composers Edition Views: 964 CE News

Rubens Askenar Joins Composers Edition

Composers Edition is delighted to welcome London-based Canarian composer Rubens Askenar, joining us with an initial selection of 16 works for a wide range of forces from solo, through chamber, choir, ensemble to orchestra.  His creative output encompasses all kinds of genres and forms, emerging from the experimentation and creation of compositional models based on multi-instrumental practice and technological development.  The results of his close attention to the sonic possibilities of instruments are both finely nuanced and highly engaging.

“…Rubens’ music appeals to the most primitive instincts and manages to show that it is possible to create authentic wonders with non-normative elements”

Núvol Magazine (Barcelona)

Recent commissions (2018) include ‘ElevenOnce’ – a 50 minutes long piece for orchestra, composed in real time inside a 30 metres tall oil tank, commissioned by Keroxen Festival. A large symphonic piece commissioned by SGAE and AEOS to be premiered by Tenerife Symphony Orchestra in Santiago Calatravas’ concert Hall Auditorio de Tenerife. A chamber piece for acclaimed London-based ensemble Chroma, responding to their concert series ‘Awakening’. A series of audiovisual and reactive installations that explore tangible interactions between physical and digital players, as well as an implementation of these installations ideas in a series of concertante situations in collaboration with experimental international ensemble Resilence.

“Great to join Composer Edition. It is an honour to be part of this community of artists and to be supported by such a sensitive and responsive team of professional music editors.”

Rubens Askenar

Rubens’ work has been widely awarded, and has received commissions and participated in important festivals of composition such as the Mata Festival (New York), Sampler Series (Barcelona), Festival Internacional de Música de Canarias, amongst many others, having his work broadcasted internationally by BBC Radio 3, WQXR Radio, Q2 Radio (New York) RNE  and RTVC (Spain).

Rubens Askenar Profile & Works

Works now available:

Zapateado for guitar duet
Testo Junkie for clarinet, accordion and string trio
Taranta for guitar
Helada for clarinet duo
Garrotte for guitar and clarinet
El Puerperio for piano – four or eight hands
Del Reflejo Ignoto for violin and piano
Del Buen Callar for violin, clarinet and piano
Ciaccona Minima for brass sextet
Cuerpos Futuros for mixed choir
Counterchant antiphon after Saint Hildegard for voice and four half clarinets
Bestiary. Or Anti-Fable Manual for mixed ensemble
Barricade for large orchestra
Arietta Y Fandanguillo for guitar, violin and live electronics
Artificial Paradise for mixed ensemble
Aroundfish for flute, clarinet, fretless guitar and percussion


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