Marcelo Toledo

Argentinian composer, born Wednesday September 2, 1964, in Posadas, Misiones

Toledo has developed though the years a personal music style particularly oriented toward the exploration of instrumental timbre, an aspect of his work that has become a characteristic facet of his compositions. In his work he has eliminated the traditional importance given to pitch in order to focus on a new aural matter. This is the product of a research created through his essential engagement to explore -with his personal techniques- the instruments of the orchestra. Toledo’s music evolves almost biologically in an intricate sound texture made out of complex fluid sounds.

Born in Posadas, Misiones, Argentina. Co-founder of the experimental multi-media group Indiklextomink devoted to the research of different artistic codes. In Santa Fe, Argentina, guitarist and composer in the fusion band El Altillo. Studies at the National University of Litoral. A research project, “Stravinsky or the sculpture of time”. Composition lessons with composer Dante Grela.

In the USA, a Master in Composition at Syracuse University, a Doctoral degree at Columbia University with Tristan Murail, Fred Lerdahl, Jonathan Kramer. At international festivals with Helmut Lachenmann, Salvatore Sciarrino, Luciano Berio, Julio Estrada, Jonathan Harvey among others. Unpublished book of poems.

Compositions for solo, chamber and large ensembles including the Ensemble Intercontemporain Commission 2002 Para el encuentro en los abismos, for 24 musicians. A radio opera De qué modo en lo anónimo based on a text by Juan José Saer, Commission 2002 Radio Clásica, Spain and the CDMC. The imaginary opera La selva interior (The Jungle Within) Commission 2006 Colon Theater Experimental Center, and the solo cello piece Ondulaciones del Ahora written for the Ensemble Modern's cellist Eva Böcker, South West German Radio Commission 2007.

Recent commissions include:

-Luminous Emptines for 7 musicians premiered at Wien Modern 2012 commissioned by The Essl Museum in Vienna.

-Notturno Stuttgart for 19 musicians, commissioned by Musik der Jahrhunderte for New Music Summer Festival Stuttgart.

-Qualia II for solo bassoon, commissioned by Rebekah Heller for her CD 100 Names (2013)

-Notturno for 4 musicians 2010 commissioned by Berliner Kunstlerprogramm Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst.

-Three works for six voices, commissioned by The Neue Vocalsolisten, as part of the complete version of La selva interior premiered at Ultraschall Festival

in Berlin January 28th 2010.

-En la impenetrable maraña de lo no nombrado (In the impenetrable tangle of the unnamed) for 24 voices SWR Vokalensemble Commission 2009.

-Qualia I, a solo work for viola and tape commissioned by CCEBA for the series Instrumentos Solos 2011

-En la más ardua oscuridad for bass clarinet, cello and piano, premiered by KNM Berlin in 2009

-Logomaquia for trp, trb, tuba, percussion, and tape, with text by Rumanian writer/poet Nora Iuga premiered in Buenos Aires in November 2009.

-Polifonía concreta for amplified bass flute commissioned by The Institute for the Cooperation of Art Research in 2008.

-Continuación de la Nada a piano quintet by the New York based Ensemble Counter)induction in 2008.

Toledo's particular interest in music notation and visual representation of sounds led to he exhibition SOUND OBJECT in New York 2004, music, scores and drawings curated by the Dean of the Columbia University School of the Arts, Bruce Ferguson.

In 2005-2006 Toledo was the New York composition mentor of the intercultural project Global Interplay organized by “Musik der Jahrhunderte” for the ISCM World Music Days. He was also organizer and curator of the New York Global Interplay Conference and Concerts, at the Goethe Institute in New York, whose participants included young composers from Europe, Africa, Asia and America.

Toledo has given courses, workshops and lectures in several musical institutions: in the USA at Columbia University, Stanford University, New York University, Syracuse University, University of the Arts, Berlin, in Mexico at the UNAM, Radio Educación, and Ensenada, in Argentina at the IUNA, Centro Recoletta, UNL, UNaM, CEAMC, in Uruguay at the UNR.

Toledo is working on the book A Map of Noise, a Unique History of 20th Century Music. An abstract of it was published in Perspectiva Interdiciplinaria de Música, Mexico, 2006.

His essay "Pensar la música hoy...olvidar la música" was published in "Nuevas poéticas en la música contemporánea argentina" Pablo Fessel editor, for the series Libros de música, Biblioteca Nacional, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2007.

After his 2009 DAAD Artist in Residence in Berlin Toledo went back to New York where he works as a freelance composer and Assistant Professor of Music at Columbia University.