Vaivén

sound installation (2019) program note: The piece was composed by processing recorded sounds from the stainless steel sculpture Espacio Presencia created by artist Luciano Matus, with diverse electroacoustic techniques and resources. Different devices and utensils were used to obtain the sounds, such as metallic guitar slides, superballs, mallets, wires, amongst others. live presentation: 14&25/10/2019, Explanada […]

Nave

for orchestra (2018) program note: The piece was inspired by the myth of the “Stultifera Navis” and the homonymous chapter of Michel Foucault’s “Madness in Civilization”. premiere: Orquesta Juvenil Universitaria Eduardo Mata (OJUAM), 12/05/2019, Sala Nezahualcóyotl, Centro Cultural Universitario UNAM, Mexico City (MX). director: Gustavo Rivero Weber Commissioned by and composed during the Arturo Márquez […]

Algo pasa que no pasa nada

for chamber orchestra, electric guitar & electronics (2018) program note: “Fosas”, the first movement, is dedicated to the 43 forcefully disappeared students of Ayotzinapa and inspired on the impunity, cynicism and state violence in Mexico. The second movement, “Revuelta de voces”, is inspired by the difference in ideals between the students and the Mexican government. […]

Carraca

for tenor sax & electronics, in collaboration with Roberto Tercero (2018) programe note: A “carrack” was a large sailing ship used for trans-altantic slave trade. And in Spanish, “carraca”, also means “noisemaker”. The piece is meant to evoke the imaginary journey of an African slave, captured by European conquistadors, and brought to America in one […]

Electroacoustic Study III – Inside Out Beach

(2018) Electroacoustic study using granulation, low frequency oscillators and electric guitar sounds processed with a digital delay unit. The music was composed for the short film “Interior. Noche.”, directed by Soledad Violeta. video: yauala.mx

Detach Return

for two guitars (2017) program note: The piece, initially inspired by the concept of the eternal return, is also based on the following dualistic ideas: unity and division; being and the thought of being; the interpretation of life and the experience of life itself; the construction of the self and the detachment from that construct; […]

Scopes

for electric guitar (2017) program note: Meaning of “scope”: a) Space or opportunity for unhampered motion, activity, or thought. b) To look at or over; examine. c) Extent, limit or range of view, outlook, etc. The concept of this work is to express freely associated thoughts and feelings with sound and image, and to reflect […]

Cáscara

for guitar & tape (2016) program note: The piece is based on three fundamental concepts integrated in the title: 1) Cáscara: a word in spanish which means “shell” or “skin”. 2) Cascar, from the etymology of cáscara, means to “hit”, “thump” or “break”. 3) Cáscara or cascarita: in Mexican slang means a “pick up game”. […]

Musikphantome

for string quartet (2012) program note: Musikphantome is a term used by Christoph Ruths, and can be translated as “ghosts of music”. The initial idea for the piece was to transfigure from psychic imagery to a musical language a recollection of memories which involuntarily kept appearing in my mind. These “ghosts” manifested themselves in groups […]

Tianguis

for mixed choir (2011) program note: The piece is based on the idea of recreating a trajectory through a tianguis (market place) in Mexico City. During one of my walks through one of these popular markets, I ready myself to listen, analyze, study and record some of the audible elements that form part of the […]

Effugi Effugiturus

for chamber ensemble (2010) program note: The pieces is inspired by the “The baron in the trees” by Italo Calvino. premiere: 03/25/11, Tempus Fugit (dir. Christian Gohmer), Anáhuac University, Mexico State, (MX) other concerts: 30/09/11, Manuel M. Ponce Hall, Palace for the Fine Arts, Mexico City (MX); 09/10/11, Theatre for the Arts, National Centre for […]