About Andres Solis
Born in Mexico City in 1971, he is an eclectic composer and sound artist. His work has focused on experimenting with different musical styles and forms, as his main interest lies in the opportunity to collaborate on multiple artistic projects with broad-ranging aesthetics and conceptual roots. Combining improvisation, computer-assisted composition, and interdisciplinary collaboration, he has attempted to assimilate his environment and find his own artistic language.
With an unparalleled passion for the performing and cinematic arts, he has worked on various theatre, dance, video art, sound design, animation and film music, and gaming projects. He has also worked with prepared turntables and modified acoustic instruments with analog and digital processing tools. His work has been performed in Europe, the U.S.A., India, and México.
His academic training started in 1989 in Mexico City at C.I.E.M. (Musical Studies and Research Centre). Then he moved to Holland to continue at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where he studied with Clarence Barlow. Later, in Paris, with the support of a grant from the French Government, he obtained a postgraduate degree (D.E.A.) under the supervision of Horacio Vaggione in the department of Sciences of Performing Arts at Paris 8 University, Saint-Denis. He was co-director of the experimental music festivals AURAL and RADAR in Mexico City. In 2012, he became a member of F.O.N.C.A.'s National System of Art Creators.
Currently, he is a fellow in residence at the Montalvo Arts Centre in California. He was recently commissioned by the Montalvo Arts Center and Santa Clara University to compose and stage a requiem for choir, organ, live electronics, and dance. This was in memory of the 43 disappeared students in Ayotzinapa and the victims of violence in Mexico. This work premiered on January 15, 2016, at the Mission Santa Clara de Asis, California, U.S.A. Along with Colombian choreographer Sandra Milena Gómez, he co-founds "UDÂNA Plataforma de Creación Escénica," a collaborative platform intended to research and promote works in the fields of performing arts such as dance, theatre, music, and performance.
He is presently a composition, sound design, and music production teacher at the Artistic Liaison Unit of the Autonomous University of Mexico (U.V.A. - C.C.U. Tlatelolco, U.N.A.M.).