Biographies

 

 
ana higueras
Ana Higueras is one of the most representative spanish lyric sopranos of the last 50 years. Since the 1960’s she has spetialised in renaissance and baroque repertoire, in Opera, singing coloratura roles in Vienna and other main european opera theatres, in Oratorio, Lied, Spanish vocal repertoire and contemporary music, having performed numerous of premieres of contemporary composers.

Over the last 20 years she develops also an acitivity as visual artist, writer and researcher, having produced several exhibitions, and published books and CDs through Higueras Arte, the company founded by her and her family in 1997. 

http://www.higuerasarte.com/ana-higueras.htm

 

TRAJECTORY:

Born in 1944 she studies singing in the Madrid Conservatory with Lola Rodríguez Aragón, while she learns scultpture in the studio of her father, the sculptor Jacinto Higueras Cátedra.

In 1962 she does her first public performances as singer and in 1965 she wins the First Prize of the International Singing Competition of Toulousse, thus starting a brilliant international carreer.

From 1970 she sings during four seasons in the two main Opera Theatres in Viena: Staatsoper and Volksoper, specialising in coloratura roles such as “Queen of the Night”, “Blonde”, “Susana”, Zerlina”, Cherubino”, “Fiordiligi” of Mozart; “Rosina”, “Elvira” of Rossini; “Adina”, “Lucia di Lammermoor”, “Violetta” of Verdi, “Olimpia” of Offenbach and others.

Between 1970 and 1980 she is part of the Clemencic Consort Música Antiqua, directed by Réne Clemencic, one of the leading specialists in Renaissance and Baroque Music.

In this period also she sings many of the leading festivals, teatres and music venues in Europe such as Salzburger Festspiele, Viener Festwochen, Wiesbaden Maifestspielen, Bach-Festival in Oxford, Bienale di Musica di Venecia, Gulbenkian of Lisboa, Promenade Concert in Hilversum (Holanda), Walloni Festival in Saint-Hubert (Bélgica), S.I.M.C. in Madrid, Granada International Music Festival, and many others.

She has sung numerous recitals with pianists such Félix Lavilla, Miguel Zanetti, Manuel Carra, Fernando Turina, Rogelio R. Gavilanes and others, and a broad oratorio repertoire comprising works by Monteverdi, Bach, Pergolesi, Vivaldi, Händel, Haydn, Mozart, Rossini, Schubert, Beethoven, Gounod, Mahler, Bruckner or Honegger.

She has performed world premieres of works by Camillo Togni, W. C. Baker, Awedis Djambazian, Ernesto Halffter, Carmelo Bernaola, Félix Lavilla, Tomás Marco, Luis de Pablo, Antón Larrauri, José Ramón Encinar, José Luis Turina, Miguel Ángel Coria, Manuel Balboa, and Joaquín Rodrigo, of whom she premiered 8 vocal works, two of them dedicated to her, and recorded a monographic Disc with 15 of his songs. Félix Lavilla, José Luis Turina and Jaime del Val have also dedicated her several song cycles.

She has often perfomed for Spanish, Italian, French, Belgian, Austrian, German and Netherland’s television and radio, with numerous monographic programmes of Spanish composers, in particular of Joaquín Turina, Manuel De Falla, Enrique Granados and Joaquín Rodrigo.

She has done numerous recordings, with companies such as Columbia, EMI-La Voz de su Amo, Erato, Harmonia Mundi, Hispavox, Zafiro y Salinas Record.

Beween 1977 and 2005 she has been Professor of singing in the singing Highschool in Madrid. Between 1980 and 1993 she was singing professor in the International Spanish Music courses “Música en Compostela”.

In the 1980’s she recovers her interets in visual arts and starts an intense activity in the field, developing novel techniques with cement, pvc and wood, and patenting “Transformart” a modality of open transformable art. Since 2002 she has been developing an activity in etching in the studio of Pavel Albert in Madrid.

In 1997 she founds with her family the company Higueras Arte S.L. dedicated to the promotion of contempoary art and thinking, having published several books, a journal, 6 CDs, etching series and organised numeorus exhibitions.

She has published a monumental biography of Lola Rodriguez Aragón, a capital figure of spanish vocal music in the 20th Century, as well as her aunt and teacher, to which she dedicated 5 full years of intense research. She will soon publish her autobiography.

In 2009 she starts together with her son, the multidisciplinary artist, pianist, composer and producer Jaime del Val, the project NINE CENTURIES OF SONG, of which the first 4 CDs have been recorded in 2009. The project will continue in 2010 and 2011 with further 8 CDs constituting the most comprehensive anthology of spanish art song, as well as including german, French, Italian, English, Russian, Portuguese and Latinamerican art song. The project is dedicated to the memory of her parents, who died in December 2009.

 

jaime del val - pianistaJaime Del Val (Madrid 1974) is a multidisciplinary media-artist, composer, pianist, perfomer, producer, theorist, environmental and queer activist, director of REVERSO www.reverso.org.

His projects and performances which develop in the convergence of interactive dance, electroacoustics, video, virtual architecture, performance, urban intervetions and the internet have been presented all over Europe, North and South America and Africa, as well as the Nomad Workshop of the Technologies of the Body which he organises since 2003. His writings on critical theories of the body, art and technology, have been published in numerous print and online journals. In 2000 he edited REVERSO, the first academic journal of Queer Theory and lgttbi studies in Spanish.

Since 2004 he coordinates varios fronts of activism against urban speculation in Spain, being responsible amongst other things of the paralysation of the construction of the Algarrobico Hotel in a protected area in Almeria, for which in 2008 he was chosen by El Pais as one of the 100 Iberoamericas of the year, decribed by Tomas Marco as: “on of the most outstanding examples of an artist concerned with all art forms and with the problems of his time… a clear example of how it’s possible to change the world through art”.

He is the Spanish coordinator of the ETP project http://www.european-tele-plateaus.eu/wp/ a european project concerned wth the development of novel telecommunication concepts and systems in the forms of interactive tlemaic dance installations networked across 4 european cities. He coordinates the group Common Body in Medialab Prado in Madrid http://medialab-prado.es/article/cuerpo_comun. Since 2008 he is Chairman of the Technarte International Conference in Bilbao – www.technarte.com.

In 2010 he presents the first phase of the project NINE CENTURIES OF SONG in 4CDs where he acts as pianist, producer, sound and video technician, musicologist and composer, together with his mother, the singer Ana Higueras.

www.jaimedelval.net - www.jaimedelval.org.

TRAJECTORY:

He studied piano with Felix Lavilla and composition with José Luis Turina in Madrid. Later he studied piano, composition, conducting and philosophy at the Guildhall School and King’s College Unversity, London with J. Gibb and Joan Havill (piano), S. Bainbridge and George Benjamin (composition), J. Deathridge Musicology) and Sir Colin Davis (conducting). He attended composition courses in Spain with Cristóbal Halffter, A. García Abril, Tomás Marco, Claudio Prieto, Mauricio Sotelo; in Paris, (IRCAM), Darmstadt 1996 (Stockhausen, Rihm, Eötvos, Lindberg, etc.) and Greece (Klaus Huber). As a pianist he has given concerts in Spain and the UK and recorded several CD’s with the singer Ana Higueras. As a composer his works have been premiered in London, Madrid (Royal Theatre, Reina Sofía Museum), Barcelona and other venues in Spain. He has collaborated several times with the LIEM-CDMC electroacoustics laboratory in Madrid.

From 1992 he studies classical dance in the school of Carmen Roche in Madrid and later contemporary dance in Karen Taft, Estudio 3, Carmen Senra, with teachers like Cristine Tanguay and in Florencia en Imago Lab with Richard Haisma, amongst others. He has collaborated with dancers like Michelle Man, Iva Horvat or Emili Gutierrez in his interactive dance productions.

Since 1998 he lives three years in Florence, developing an activity as a painter, and studying dance, architecture and etching. He has exhibited his work in Spain, Italy and Austria. He later starts to work with electronic media, video and photography, and founds Higuerasarte and REVERSO.

Since 2000 he develops projects that bring together electroacoustics, dance and media arts, which have been performed over three continents. His interactive dance performances and installations have received several international awards. He regularly lectures, exhibits and performs in international venues and has participated in numerous international congresses, festivals and exhibitions in the fields of digital and visual art, music, dance and critical theory in Europe and North America, such as: Emergent Global Corporealities –Yale University – (EEUU), Rencontres Corègraphiques de Carthague – (Túnez), Humanism and Posthumanism – University of Belgrade – (Serbia), INTERFACE: Cuerpo y Tecnología – Chile, Frames – Portugal, Alterarte – (Murcia), CanariasMediaFest – (Gran Canaria), Zona Híbrida – (Madrid), Digital Cultures Lab (UK), Dancing the Virtual (Canadá), ArtTechMedia, Ciber@rt Bilbao 04, Technarte (Bilbao 2006), Art Futura, ARCO, Tentaciones de Estampa, Museo Reina Sofía, Fundación Rodriguez Acosta (Granada), La Casa Encendida, JIEM (Jornadas de Informática y Electrónica Musical del CDMC – Madrid), VAD (Festival de Video y Art Digital – Girona), Simposio Arte & Media (Barcelona, Caixaforum 2005), MediaLabMadrid, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Higuerasarte, Galería Coldcreation (Barcelona), amongst others.

He has published in print and online publications like Gramma, PADM (International Journal for performance arts and digital media), El Rapto de Europa, CIC-Cuadernos de Comunicación, , Artnodes, AMinima, Blank, Cibersociedad, Ciberart Bilbao, Humanism and Posthumanism, Consciousness Reframed, SIBE and others. He regularly lectures in international conferences of digital art, music, critical theory and other topics.

In the period 1997-2001 he was actively involved in ONG’s dealing with queer (gay-lesbian-transgender-intersexual) activism, participating in leading organisations in Spain and Italy. Since 2004 he has developed large scale interventions in landscape, coast, inland and urban areas through protesting against, sewing and paralysing large scale illegal constructions and future large scale urban developments both in protected areas and in urban environments, with a considerable impact that has induced transformation in urban planning in the administrations, the best known case having been the paralysing of the Algarrobico hotel in Almeria. He is spokesman for the Coordinadora Ciudadana en Defensa del Territorio – www.nosevende.org – a national network of over 600 organisations, in represetation of which he has been speaking as guest in the European Parliament and participating in the writing of the Auken Report on urban abuses in Spain developed by the Parliament. He is coordinator of local organisations in Almeria – www.salvemosmojacar.org – and Madrid – www.salvemoslasrozas.orgas well as participates in over six other related organisations.

 
 His metaformances (indoors, urban and online interventions of the technologically expanded body) propose radical redefinitions of corporeality understood as substract for the subject and the social body. In the project Antibodies he uses surveillance cameras on the skin to perform microdances and produce an amorphous post-anatomical body. The urban interventions of the Pangender Cyborg, in which he walks around naked in the city projecting his amorphous genitals on institutional buidings through cameras and projectors tha he wears on the naked body while the voice is electronically processed live, have earned him disencounters with the police and sensationlist press, as well as the recognition of specialised audiences over three continents.He combines his activity in performance dance & technology, with the activity as a pianist and composer, work on other media like painting, photography, abstract film, electroacoustics, interventions in space, interactive installations, virtual architechture, dance, writing, research, activism and the coordination of production, research, education and diffusion projects in the context of REVERSO, the Body Technologies Institute.
 
Shortly he will be opening the first REVERSO Centre in a refurbished large old house in a small village in Salamanca, Spain, containing the production centre of the company, as well as an ecological country house and artist’s residence and an International Centre for Arts, Technology, Critical Theory and Social Action. He speaks and writes fluently in Spanish, English, Italian, German and French.

     


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