Xabier Mariño Alvarez (1983)
Xehatu (2010) for violin, piano, guitar
Ensemble del Corso di Musica Contemporanea del Conservatorio di Ferrara
Elisa Saglia, violin; Andrea D’Agostino, piano; Pedro Garcìa, guitar
Stefano Cardi, conductor
“Xehatu” is a word that means a lot of things in Basque language: to fragment, to shatter, to crumble. These meanings (and this visual concept) have inspired me to translate the idea in music. The whole musical discourse is apparently interrupted by a timbal colors game. The piano, violin and guitar turn into a single instrument.
Xehatu was premiered by Smash Ensemble in San Sebastian during the “Quincena Musical” in August 2010 at KursAal’s Auditorium.
Xabier Mariño (27/03/1983) began his musical studies in Ponteareas (Galicia – Spain), his hometown, in piano and oboe. Then he moves to San Sebastian to continue his studies in composition, composition for audiovisual, and electroacoustics in Musikene with Gabriel Erkoreka, Ramón Lazkano, Stefano Scarani and Christophe Havel.
Meanwhile, he complemented his training with composers like Jesús Rueda, Frèderic Durièux, Hilda Paredes, Phillip Hurel, Nicolas Bacri, Matthew Burtner.
He works as composer in residence with the Euskadi’s Young Orchestra as Cameralia Festival. He has been commissioned by Ensemble Krater, Fonos 21, Smash Ensemble, Musikene, Euskadi’s Young Orchestra.
Besides writing symphonic music, he experiments with new technologies creating mixed works for instruments and electroacoustics and interactive installations as “Identidades”. His works have been premiered in Spain, France, Holland and Belgium, by musicians like José Luis Estellés, Christian Wetzel, Dag Jensen, Ensemble Krater, Smash Ensemble, Fonos 21, Ensemble 21, T.A.C., Euskadi’s Young Ensemble, Quatour Arnaga.
Xabier marino has also received a lot of scholarships/bursarys in prestigious institutions like the Fundation Antonio Gala for Young Artits, Marco (Museum of Contemporany Art, in Vigo) and CDG (Galician Drama Center).