Discipline: Music Composition

Rodrigo Martinez Torres

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: Mexico City, MEXICO
MacDowell Fellowships: 2019

Rodrigo MartĂ­nez worked on a Drum Kit Concerto during his residency at MacDowell. While that orchestral piece is still on its way to being completed, a series of musical pieces emerged from his exploration of what it means to react to each other, musically. One example is his piece "We bifurcate, we merge," a series of seven musical games that can be played by any group of people and which were premiered (or rather first properly tried out) During MacDowell Downtown at the Monadnock Center for History & Culture in Peterborough. Other examples include a series of "Band Interactions" written for Mexican rock trio Supersilverhaze, in which Rodrigo plays drums.

Also, while in residency, Rodrigo finished writing "Planetas Rojos," a piece written for salsa orchestra and chamber orchestra combined. Plans for its premier are still in the works. The second movement of the three movements of the piece will be premiered in Mexico City, at a downtown salsa club called "Centro Cultural Hilvana," by up and coming salsa giants Goliat Orquesta, in December 2019.



Rodrigo Martinez Torres worked in the Watson studio.

Built in 1916 in memory of Regina Watson of Chicago, a musician and teacher, this studio was donated by a group of her friends, along with funds for its maintenance. Originally designed to serve as a composers’ studio with room for performance, Watson was used as a recital hall for chamber music for a…

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