Javier Muñoz Bravo, is a chilean composer interested in creating both instrumental and electronic music. His work catalog includes pieces for solo instruments, chamber music, ensemble, orchestra, as well as music for dance and cinema. He is inspired by nature phenomena such as chaotic processes or light behavior, but also by time flexibility and artificial intelligence in real-time electronic music.
He studied composition at the University of Chile with Andrés Maupoint, Cirilo Vila, Jorge Pepi-Alos, among others. After studying at the Strasbourg Conservatory with Mark André, he obtained a Master in Composition at the HEAR of Strasbourg with Philippe Manoury, Annette Schlünz, Tom Mays and Thierry Blondeau. He studied Ircam’s Cursus in composition and computer music with Héctor Parra and a Master in mixed composition at the HEM of Geneva with Michael Jarrell, Luis Naon and Eric Daubresse, while being in residence at the Cité international des Arts. He also followed master classes with Haspeter Kyburz, Miller Puckette, Georg Friedrich Haas, Yan Maresz, Philippe Leroux, José Manuel López-López, Martin Matalon, Luca Belcastro, Bruno Mantovani, José Miguel Fernández, among others.
His works have been played at the Barcelona’s French Institut, Ai–maako Electroacoustic Festival (Chile), Contemporary Music Festival of the University of Chile, 39th Festival des Musiques et Créations Electroniques de Bourges, Contemporary Music Festival of Lima (Peru), Les nuits des Cathédrales and Exhibitronics Festival in Strasbourg, Bâle Conservatory, among others.He premiered at the Strasbourg Conservatory his “Messe électronique” (3D images and choreography by Juan-Francisco Duroure). In 2014, he presented a piece during two listening sessions of the collective “État latant” at Ircam and in Darmstadt (Germany), then as finalist at the France-Taiwan Acousmatic Composition Competition, and in Buenos Aires. During the 3rd World Forum for Democracy, he composed the music for the lighting of the Europe Council in Strasbourg with the collective AV-Exciters. He also participated in the 43rd Cervantino International Festival (Mexico) with the Vertebrae Ensemble. He presented several pieces at the Musica and SaxOpen festivals in Strasbourg with Andrés Castellani, and an orchestral piece with the Mitteldeutsche Kammerphilharmonie during the Impuls Festival (Bauhaus-Dessau, Germany). The Dela duo created one of his pieces in France and at the Singapore Saxophone Simposium 2017, as well as at the University of Melbourne, the Melbourne Recital Center and the Universities of Monash and Sydney.
He did a portrait concert at the Cité internationale des Arts in Paris with his pieces for saxophone performed by saxophonists Joseph Lallo, Olivier Duverger, Melinda Urh, soprano Claire Trouilloud and violist Antonin Le Faure.
He worked with many performers from the Paris and Geneva Conservatories, notably with violinist Aya Kono during the Ircam’s Festival ManiFeste in Paris, at MonacoTech from the Arts Spring Festival in Monte-Carlo, and during Archipel Festival 2018 in Geneva. Javier also presented a piece for string quartet and electronics with Ensemble Contrechamps in Geneva. During the same year, he presented a piece for narrator, orchestra and live electronics with the french actress Isabelle Adjani and the Geneva Camerata orchestra. A second version of this piece was performed on the Swiss Radio Television by actress Layla Hasan Shlonsky and the orchestra of the Hem of Geneva under the direction of Pierre Bleuse.
He presented recent pieces during Ensemble Sillages electr()cutions Festival in Brest with saxophonist Stéphane Sordet, at the Gennevilliers Conservatory in Paris with the Ensemble Multilatérale under the direction of Léo Warynski, and with Vortex Ensemble in Geneva.
He was scholar from the City of Strasbourg and from the Chilean Ministry of Culture, as well as from the HEAR of Strasbourg and of Sacem in 2017, 2018 and 2019. He was awarded with the Coupleux-Lassalle Foundation Prize in 2017, presenting a piece with Jeanne Crousaud and Wilhem Latchoumia during the “Format Raisins” Festival in France. The same year, he obtained the Mega Jury Prize in Buenos Aires-Argentina for mixed music. He was nominated for the Pulsar Prize in Chile as best classical music artist of 2019. Javier has just received a commission from the French Ministry of Culture for the piece “Résurgence”, which will be premiered in 2022 with artist and stage director Camille Drei and the puppeteer and singer Shérazade Ferraj.