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Christopher Luna-Mega

CCT (Composition & Computer Technologies)



Christopher Luna-Mega is a composer and improviser. He studied Composition at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México –UNAM (B.M.) and Mills College (M.A.), as well as Film/Communication Theory at the Universidad Iberoamericana –UIA, Mexico City (B.A.). Interested in focused listening, improvisation, contemplation and silence, his work analyzes sounds from natural and urban environments and translates them into notated music for performers and electronics.

His orchestral music has been performed by the Orquestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Montreal-Toronto Art Orchestra, and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, conducted by Tonino Battista, Ilan Volkov, Gregory Oh and José Luis Castillo, respectively. Ensembles that have performed his instrumental works include the New Thread Quartet, Yarn|Wire, The William Winant Percussion Group, JACK Quartet, and The Arditti String Quartet. His music has been featured in festivals such as the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Seoul International Computer Music Festival (Gwanju), AgelicA (Bologna), Tectonics (Reykjavik), Tectonics (Glasgow), L’Off (Montreal), Avant X (Toronto), Mills Music Now (Oakland, CA), and the International Forum for New Music “Manuel Enriquez” (Mexico City).   

Luna-Mega has taught Composition, Musicianship, Theory, Orchestration, and Introduction to Electronic Music in the National School of Music in Mexico, Mills College, and the University of Virginia, where he currently pursues a PhD in Composition and Computer Technologies as a Jefferson Scholars Foundation fellow.


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