Founded in 2000, Lumínico is the first Mexican group to combine contemporary concert music with video art, electronic music, electroacoustic music and sonic art. The project is derived from ONIX Ensamble, which allows chamber music to be directly related to the latest trends in audio and video technologies. The objective is to present original shows frequently based on reflection, awareness of the individual being and social questioning. For that purpose, the concerts are structured in such a way that all works are linked with others so to create a continuous discourse. The continuity, as a visual and soundtrack allows the viewer to enjoy a deeper immersion experience without interruptions, all of which aims to demonstrate the expressiveness of today’s music and at the same time to enhance the sonic, poetic and conceptual sensitivity of the viewer.
Reflections, metaphors and questions about the present, the future, the environment of the human and existence.
Lumínico carefully elaborates a hypnotic, almost ritual experience; trances in which time is unveiled as a line without interruptions, deep. And as it happens, it becomes more intense, linking the sense of memory with contemporary forms of life related to introspective motives and reflection.
As a public, the visual experience is more familiar than an exclusively sonic experience. That is why the idea is to link music with electronics and audiovisual art of great interpretive quality. Lumínico’s project is located in the frontier of production, research and experimentation, through three lines of development:
Expansion of interpretive processes by means of the timbre transformation of the instruments, rhythm and melodic conformation and improvisation.
Generation of visual music orchestrated with the formal qualities of the instruments (dynamism, texture, tone) to be translated into visual forms in real time.
Exploration of interactive contexts through video and lighting of the venue.
Who is Lumínico?
(Scenic Creator with CONACULTA FONCA Trajectory 2010-13). Mexican musician and artist dedicated to the musical interpretation, creation and improvisation through projects that merge contemporary music with other disciplines such as photography, video, painting and the use of new technologies. Definitive associate professor at the ENM of the UNAM, he has been a soloist with orchestra, with ensemble and with electronics. He has received numerous awards and has released nine CDs. He has a wide range of academic and scenic creation projects of a multidisciplinary nature, including the use of microtonal flutes, and flutes of more than three meters in length. He holds a PhD from New York University, a Master’s degree from Amsterdam and graduate studies in Sociology (UNAM), Music (CNM-INBA) and Art in Mexico. www.alejandroescuer.com
He studied a PhD in Music Composition with Electroacoustic Media in London, England, and a bachelor’s degree at the CIEM in Mexico. He studied with Mario Lavista, Denis Smalley, Javier Álvarez, Franco Donatoni, Judith Weir, Michael Jarrell, Alejandro Velasco and Juan Trigos, among others. He completed a postdoctoral degree at the National School of Music in Mexico and since 2006 he has been director of the Mexican Center for Music and Sonic Arts (www.cmmas.org). He has a specialization in Cultural Management (BID/UAM) and regularly develops artistic and academic activities in Mexico and abroad. He has received several national and international awards and prizes. His works are regularly performed in different countries and are available on more than 14 compact discs.
Lumínico repertoire is conformed by
more than a thousand sound and video sources
Lumínico avoids the conventional list of works and composers to give way to a different format that, by canceling the labels and common prejudices of concert music, promotes the search for original, innovative and creative scenic forms, according to the complexity and diversity of contemporary society.
For this integration to be coherent and attractive, Rodrigo Sigal and Alejandro Escuer carry out an extensive research work and merge it with the visual-sound music of José Luis García Nava, leading directly to the creation of works specifically composed for Lumínico.
In addition, Lumínico has included a significant number of Mexican and foreign creators, including poet Mónica Sánchez Escuer and composers Gabriela Ortiz, Alejandro Viñao, Ganesh Anandan, Francisco Colasanto, Jacob TV, Steve Reich, Joseph Waters, Joao Pedro de Oliveira, Michael Matthews, Felipe Pérez Santiago and Monty Adkins. Lumínico also includes Japanese and Spanish music from the 14th century, music from Iran, Ireland, North Africa, India and Indonesia among other regions.