about me

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I am a Mexican/Canadian composer and I write music for live performances, electronic music, and sometimes music for films. I also play guitar in a band.

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Since 2003, I have been living in Vancouver, Canada, located in the ancestral Coast Salish territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. From here, I have collaborated with a number of artists and ensembles I really admire. These include the NYO Canada, Standing Wave Ensemble, Turning Point Ensemble, Orchestre de la Francophonie, the Victoria Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and most recently the vocal ensemble musica intima.

Some recent highlights of my work include having some extraordinary artists perform my music, like Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw, Gabriel Kahane, dancer and choreographer Margie Gillis, indie legend Veda Hille. I also get to collaborate frequently with people that I also consider great friends, like poet Colin Browne and flautist Mark Takeshi McGregor.

My formal training comes from the University of British Columbia where I wrote a doctoral dissertation in 2010 on the idea of impermanent large-scale form. Shortly after I became the inaugural composer in residence for the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies also at UBC and became an Associate Composer with the Canadian Music Centre as well as a member of SOCAN. In addition to composing for the concert hall and for films and media, I play guitar in a band called Square, and I also produce and perform in Ghost Shepherd, a band with my partner, Alisen.

In 2021 I will be releasing my first album of electronic/ambient music called Nightscape.

If you want to reach me you can send me email me at asa(at)alfredosantaana.ca