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The work of Álvaro Martínez León focuses mainly in cultural identity, being freely inspired by cultural studies and cognitive sciences. His latest works increasingly demand the spectators’ participation and require performing actions by the musicians.

He begun his professional career in 1996 in world music milieu of Madrid, and moved to Paris in 2004 to focus in composition. Among others, he studied with Philippe Leroux, Guillaume Connessons and Mario Mary. He has received musical advice from Salvatore Sciarrino, Brian Ferneyhough, Alberto Posadas and Luis de Pablo, and has been an assistant of conductor Arturo Tamayo (Luxemburg Orchestra, National orchestra of Spain, RTVE Orch. and Radio Frankfurt Orch.), with whom he studied contemporary music conducting in Lugano.

He was invited by the Palais de Tokyo (Paris) to show his work on field recording and soundscape, as well as to Marrakech biennale of contemporary art. His works have been premiered by (among others) ensembles L’Itinéraire, Cairn, Vocaal Lab, string quartet Béla in France and Europe, as well as in America.
In 2009 he cofounded the artists collective Trafic, conceiving and producing contemporary music concerts, multidisciplinary shows, performances and happenings. In collaboration with composer Elsa Biston, he created "Playlist – Montreuil" (2013-2016) a participative project going on in different neighbourhoods in Montreuil (Paris) - focused in contemporary music, traditional music and radio art. Within the same collective and the same neighborhoods, both composers are currently working in et "Orfeo Pratique" (2019-20), a film freely inspired from Monteverdi's opera. See more at Trafic
His "sonic theatre" Écoutez ce Fa is currently touring, where he is a performer as well. The work Souvenirs, fictions will be soon premiered on broadcast 'Création mondiale' ( France Musiques, ensemble Soundinitiative ) and Rollin', for a choir in motion, will see the light of day November 2020 (ACJ Pays de Loire).
He's currently preparing with theatre director and perfomer Antoine Fraval the projet Musiquer*-danser, inspired on the book 'Dancing in the Streets - A History of collective joy' by Barabra Ehrenreich.


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