Arturo Salinas

Born in Monterrey, Mexico, Arturo Salinas studied composition with Robert Cogan at the New England Conservatory, ethnomusicology with Charles Boilès in Montreal, electroacoustic music and microtonality with Jean-Etienne Marie in Paris, and orchestral conducting with Igor Markevitch. His music has been performed in at least 17 countries and has been enriched not only by his research and personal contacts with Mexican Indian and other world musics, but also by his involvement with animal sounds and soundscapes, microtonality, human languages and astronomy. Since 1981, he has been recording authentic pre-Columbian instruments (in museums and private collections) and composing music to bring their ancient sounds back to life with the help of computer and digital systems. Distinquished Visiting Composer in Residence at Mills College in 1987, he has also taught composition in Brazil and at Princeton University.

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