Discipline: Music Composition

Vicente Atria

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: Santiago, CHILE
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Vicente H. Atria is a Chilean composer and drummer. Described as “virtuosic,” “revelatory” (The New York Times), and “ecstatic” (The Guardian), his music riffs on a wide range of idioms, from renaissance dances to Korean sanjo, creating ludic and futuristic sonic worlds. He holds a D.M.A. in composition from Columbia University.

A 2022-23 Wet Ink Ensemble Artist-in-Residence, Vicente’s work has been commissioned and performed by the Sun Ra Arkestra, JACK Quartet, Wet Ink Ensemble, Yarn/Wire, International Contemporary Ensemble, and Pathos Trio. He has been featured in venues and festivals including Moers Festival (Germany), MATA Festival (NY), The Shed (NY), Roulette Intermedium (NY), The Stone (NY), Festival Mixtur (Spain), and ATLÁNTICX Festival (NY).

He is a recipient of an ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award (2022), an ACF Create award (2021), The Shed Open Call commission (2019), and two Chilean Ministry of Culture Fondo de la Música funds (2022 & 2020). He was recently awarded the German Jazz Prize (2023) for his work Orlando Furioso.

At MacDowell, Atria composed dreams and tips of thoughtful leaves, a 15-minute work commissioned by Wet Ink Ensemble to be premiered at St. Peters Church in New York City. He will be performing later in 2023 at Skanu Mezs (Latvia) as co-leader of The Vex Collection.


Delta Omicron

Vicente Atria worked in the Delta Omicron studio.

Delta Omicron Studio was funded by members of the international musical fraternity in 1927. The building design is somewhat medieval in character, with an unusual cedar shingle pattern, a steeply pitched slate roof, intersecting gables, and small windows. After a 2016 deep-energy renovation, Delta Omicron is now one of the most energy efficient studio on the property…

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