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21 Jul 2019

LÓPEZ – Fiesta!

by Michael Clive

Among the many tributes to the Peruvian composer Jimmy López, the Chicago Tribune has said he is “one of the most admired among the younger generation of South American composers,” while the Chicago Sun-Times calls him “One of the most interesting young composers anywhere.” His works have bee performed by leading orchestras around the world in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, and Tanglewood.

After early musical studies in Lima, López attended the National Conservatory of Music there, working with composer Enrique Iturriaga. He moved to Helsinki to study at the Sibelius Academy in 2000, and after earning his master’s degree there, completed PhD studies in composition at the University of California, Berkeley.

About Fiesta!, Lopez writes: “During recent years, eclecticism has become an important part of my musical language. The challenge of creating musically sensible interactions out of the juxtaposition of apparently incompatible musical sources —some of which result in unexpected contrasts — fascinates me. ‘Fiesta!’ draws influences from several musical sources including: European academic compositional techniques, Latin-American music, Afro-Peruvian music and today’s pop music. It utilizes elaborate developmental techniques while keeping the primeval driving forces still latent in popular culture.”

Heikki Tuuli, photographer and Jimmy Lopez, copyright holder [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Entre los muchos homenajes al compositor peruano Jimmy López, el Chicago Tribune ha dicho que es “uno de los más admirados de la generación más joven de compositores sudamericanos”, mientras que el Chicago Sun-Times lo llama “uno de los compositores jóvenes más interesantes del mundo”. Sus obras han sido tocadas por orquestas de todo el mundo en lugares como el Carnegie Hall, la Ópera de Sydney y Tanglewood.

Después de sus primeros estudios musicales en Lima, López asistió al Conservatorio Nacional de Música, trabajando con el compositor Enrique Iturriaga. Se mudó a Helsinki para estudiar en la Academia Sibelius en 2000, y luego de obtener su maestría, completó sus estudios de doctorado en composición en la Universidad de California, Berkeley.

Sobre ¡Fiesta! López escribe: “En los últimos años, el eclecticismo se ha convertido en una parte importante de mi lenguaje musical. El desafío de crear interacciones musicalmente sensibles a partir de la yuxtaposición de fuentes musicales aparentemente incompatibles, algunas de las cuales resultan en contrastes inesperados, me fascina. ¡Fiesta!  contiene influencias de varias fuentes musicales, entre ellas: técnicas de composición académica europea, música latinoamericana, música afroperuana y música pop actual. Utiliza técnicas de desarrollo elaboradas mientras mantiene las fuerzas impulsoras primigenias aún latentes en la cultura popular”.

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