About the composer . . .

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Henry Vega, born in New York City in 1973, is a dynamic composer and performer specializing in contemporary instrumental and electronic music. His compositions are featured in a variety of productions spanning theatre, dance, film and concert music that focus solely on modern artistic trends. Vega's musical palette ranges from intricate instrumental pieces to richly textured compositions that seamlessly blend traditional instrumentation with electronic elements. Currently, he is deeply engaged in collaborative projects with choreographers and directors, exploring the intersection of music, dance, and theatre. Vega's work focuses on minimal aesthetics, combining simple harmonies with complex, vibrant counterpoints, as he continues to evolve his distinctive artistic language.

Vega's works have been presented on radio programs across Europe and performed at festivals and venues in Europe and the Americas including Theatre Carré (NL), La Monnaie (BE), Deutschlandfunk (DE), MATA Festival (US), November Music (NL), EYE Film Institute (NL) and Slovak National Theatre (SK) among others. He has had the pleasure to write music for soprano Claron McFadden, film maker Ruben van Leer, choreographer Lukas Timulak and ensembles such as the Dartmouth Wind Ensemble, the Ragazze String Quartet and the infamous theatre group Club Gewalt.

Many of his compositions seamlessly weave together traditional instruments with live computer orchestrations, resulting in a unique blend of acoustic and electronic sounds. This creative combination not only shapes his sonic identity but also drives his musical innovations to push the boundaries of what music can achieve.

Vega's album releases include 'Stream Machines'; a collection of commissioned instrumental works between 2009 and 2012, his 2011 release 'Wormsongs' for vocalist Anat Spiegel and electronics which has received dozens of radio performances across Europe and more recently his project 'Nine Volt' with cellist Jan Willem Troost. He has also had works released on ICMC 2004 (Idoru in Metals) and in 2011 he was included in the 'Anthology of Dutch Electronic Music 99-10' (The Hallelujah Drones).

His music has received first prize from Musica Nova (Czech Rep.), John Cage Year Festival (Lublin), Crash Intl. Biennale (Poland), Dragons Den @ Queens (UK) and SCI (US) as well as Honourable Mention from the Hungarian Radio EAR competition. Since 2005 he has continuously been awarded commission grants from the Dutch Fonds Podiumkunsten that have helped develop his voice as an artist.

Vega holds a PhD from Queen's University (SARC) in Belfast. Previous to this he studied composition at Florida Intl. University with Orlando Garcia and Kristine Burns, at the University of North Texas with Jon Nelson and at the Institute for Sonology at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague where his mentors, Paul Berg, Joel Ryan and Kees Tazzelar, guided him in programming, improvisation and composition. During these years Vega has also had the opportunity to study in private master-classes with Franco Donatoni, Earl Brown, James Tenney, Francis Dhomont and Christian Wolff.

Many of his works have been composed for instruments in combination with the computer as a live instrument aiming to create new sounds for his compositions that fuse the virtuosity of the instrumentalists with digital variations of themselves.

Vega has released most of his music under the label ARTEksounds and include Ninevolt, Stream Machines and the microminimal and unappologetic vocal set Wormsongs. His upcoming release with Club Gealt and the Modelo 62 cello quartet will feature be a mixture of harmonized vocals and solos accompanied by the intensity of a cello quartet.

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