Latin American Electroacoustic Music Collection

Guillermo Galindo (Mexico)

Guillermo Galindo
(1960, México D.F.)

Guillermo Galindo's composition work spans from the field of orchestral and symphonic composition to the domains of musical computer interaction, electro-acoustic music, sound dioramas, opera and sound design. His music has been performed at major festivals throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. From 1992 to 2001 Galindo has been composing music for the San Francisco based Asian American Dance Performances Unbound Spirit Dance Company. Since 1997 he has worked as a sound specialist at the California Library of Natural Sounds at the Oakland Museum of California. He has been a panelist in the area of composition for the Marin Arts Council in California. He has taught music, sound and composition at New College of California, Diablo Valley College and at the California College of Arts and Crafts where he presently teaches.

Guillermo Galindo studied at the Escuela Nacional de Música in México City and holds a BA in Film Scoring Composition from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and an MA in composition from Mills College in Oakland California.

Galindo's composition teachers include:
Federico Ibarra, Julio Estrada, Robert Kyr, Andrew Imbrie and Alvin Curran. He also studied North Indian music with master Ali Akbar Kahn.

Some of the awards granted to Guillermo Galindo include: California Arts Council Composers Fellowship 2000. American Composers Forum Continental Harmony Grant 1999, a Residency for Composition at the Bannff Center for the Arts 1999, the ASCAP Special Awards 1995-00, theJovenes Creadores Grant from the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes 1994, Mexico City, Meet the Composer Grant 1997 and the Elizabeth Crothers Mills Award for Excellence in Composition, 1993.

During 2000-2001 Guillermo Galindo wrote and premiered two operas in collaboration with two MacArthur grant recipients Califas 2000 with performance artist/ writer Guillermo Gomez Peña and Decreation in collaboration with poet Anne Carson.

Electroacoustic and interactive pieces:

Hybd Sn_d (2002)
Multidimensional diorama. Live transformation of specific sonic spaces.

Transmission Series (2002)
Series of pieces exploring sonic space and using 4 FM radio transmitters. In collaboration with composer Chris Brown.
Cuarta Bienal Internacional de Radio, Mexico D.F.

Sacrificio (2002)
A piece exploring sociocultural subjects. Including sound transformation via video and "performance art" .

Ajolote Virtual (2001)
A piece written for the "Lightning" , virtual instrument using infrared beams designed by Don Buchla.

Electroacoustic pieces:

Cisma (2001)
For bass flute and pre-recorded sound.
Festival de Arte Sonóro Mexico D.F. Bourges Electronic Music Festival 2001.

Haiku II (1999 revised 2000)
For flute and recorded ambiance,
XXI Foro Internacional de Musica Nueva, Mexico City, flute Guillermo Portillo. Bourges Electronic Music Festival 2001, Bourges, France, flute, Alejandro Escuer.

Dualidad (1999)
FOr marimba and pre-recorded sound.
Commissioned by the Millenium Festival, 2000 Tajin , México.

Detachment/ Desprendimiento(1999)
For computer controlled disklavier in just intonation.
Banff Center for the Arts

Valentina Cubista (1994)
For piano and tape,
Fetez du Musique Avec le Mexique Amsterdam Holland June1999


Califas 2000-Part 2, Jurassic Aztlan
Electroacoustic opera in collaboration with writer/ performance artist Guillermo Gomez Peña.
Heard Museum , Phoenix, Arizona

Decreation Fight Cherries
Electroacoustic opera in collaboration with poet Anne Carson

Califas 2000-Part I, Jurassic Aztlan
Electroacoustic opera in collaboration with Guillermo Gomez Peña.

Dioramas adn sound installations:

MAIZ (2002)
Interactive noise maker robot.

(T) our Time (1997)
SOund installations in towers around the world.
Ferry Tower San Francisco California (1997)
Festival de Arte Sonoro

No Dogs Allowed in Heaven
Sound installation in collaboration with Fernando Hernandez and José Manuel Galindo.
Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco California.

Film and video composition:

Paulson Press (2001)
By Animated Design
Concrete music/ sound design
San Jose Museum of Modern Art .

Contemporary dance piece:

Kiyohime (1997)
Electroacoustic Dance Suite.Theater Artaud San Francisco 1997

(last update by RDF: January, 2005)

Resources available for this composer:
- List of compositions (8 compositions)