Discipline: Music Composition

Alvaro Nunez Carbullanca

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: Capranica, ITALY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2024

Alvaro Nunez Carbullanca is a composer, walker, and bell ringer based in Italy. He studied music and composition in Chile and Italy.

Some of his projects include Sentidos, five works for five bells, singer, piano, and acting voice composed with Andres Nunez; Passi, battiti, respirazioni, five works for different ensembles, one writing and a remotely walking-performance coupled with an onsite collective reading; Nomologo, a musical-theatrical performance for seven players, one ticket collector, and one sound man, developed with the collective Non Pervenuto. His in-progress work, A body as a (no) body, is a kinetic/acoustic exercise for a body in a room.

Nunez Carbullanca has received the first prize of the XIII Premio Andrés Gaos de Composición Musical (Spain, 2019), and has been a finalist of Breaking Music composition competition and Ensemble Syntax (Italy 2019). He has received grants by Kone Foundation (Finland, 2023); Ministry of Culture, Chilean Government (2015-2016, 2022); Now&Next Tanzhaus Dusseldorf (Germany, 2019); Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi di Milano (Italy, 2017-2018); Fondazione Adolfo Pini (Italy, 2017); and Ministry of Science (Chile, 2012-2014).

At MacDowell, he composed a string quintet and electronics for a commission from Movimiento Pu Joa in Paraguay to be performed in October 2024. He also composed and recorded four pieces for piano and electronics based on walks and recordings with other Fellows in residence. Finally, he created a walking-performance for nine walkers and performed it with Fellows at MacDowell’s amphitheater.



Alvaro Nunez Carbullanca worked in the MacDowell studio.

Built in 1912, Pine Studio was renamed MacDowell Studio in 1943 in recognition of support from a group of Edward MacDowell’s music students. It was built as a composers’ studio and the stuccoed walls were intended to be soundproof. Like many of the studios on property, MacDowell was winterized in the 1950s when the program began welcoming…

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