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Henry Vega

HenryVega_MichaelUpright_01He was born in New York City (1973), is an active composer and performer of new music whose works appear in productions of theatre, dance and concert music that focus solely on modern artistic trends. His music ranges from virtuosic instrumental writings to subtle colorful compositions orchestrating traditional instrumentations with the world of electronic sound. His current interests lie within theatrical settings of his music in combination with video in the space of minimal aesthetics that cross simple harmonies over noisy counterpoints.

Vega’s works have been presented on radio programs across Europe and performed at festivals and venues in Europe and the Americas including La Monnaie (BE), Deutschland funk (DE), MATA Festival (US), November Music (NL), EYE Film Institute (NL) and Stedilijk Museum Amsterdam (NL) among others. He has had the pleasure to write music for soprano Claron McFadden and ensembles such as Ensemble Modelo 62, the MAE, VocaalLab, Ensemble Integrales, the Ragazze String Quartet, the Roentgen Connection and his own trio The Electronic Hammer.

Many of his works have been composed for instruments combined with the computer as a live instrument creating new sounds for his compositions that fuse instrumental virtuosity with
digital manipulations. This combination has influenced the way the music sounds as well as an inspiration for how to approach acoustic instruments and scores.

His latest releases include ‚Wormsongs'(2011 – and ‚Stream
Machines’(2013 – a collection of five commissioned works composed in his micro-minimal style.