Christopher Luna

Edgar Shannon Fellow
Class: 2020
Hometown: Mexico City, Mexico
B.A. Universidad Iberoamericana (2002)
B.M. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (2010)
M.A. Mills College (2013)

Christopher is a composer, pianist and improviser. He was raised in Mexico City, where he studied Composition (B.M. at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México -UNAM) and Film/Communication Theory (B.A. at the Universidad Iberoamericana -UIA). In 2011 he moved to Oakland, where he obtained the M.A. in Music Composition at Mills College. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Composition and Computer Technologies at the University of Virginia. Recently, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ilan Volkov premiered his most recent work, Splatter commissioned by improviser and composer Roscoe Mitchell for the Tectonics new music festival in Reykjavik, Iceland. The piece is a translation of a free improvisation by Roscoe Mitchell (bass saxophone), Kikanju Baku (drum set) and Craig Taborn (electronics). For the last five years, Christopher’s work has focused on analyzing sounds from natural and urban environments and translating them in detail into notated music for performers. Ensembles such as The William Winant Percussion Group, JACK Quartet, The Luna Ensemble, the Arditti String Quartet and the Mills College MIE/UC Berkeley JIM directed by Fred Frith and Myra Melford have premiered Christopher’s works derived from sound analyses of water, freeways, helicopters, laughter, automobile engines, bearded seals and forests, among other environments. His piece Topographies has had three orchestral performances, the last of them with the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico. More information may be found at www.christopherlunamega.com

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