Ernesto Cárcamo Cavazos is a composer and guitarist of contemporary acoustic and electronic music. Born in September 1987 in Mexico City, he has studied classical and electric guitar since age 9 and has been actively composing since age 15.
He received an Arts Bachelor degree in music composition from Brown University in 2009, under the tutelage of Gerald Shapiro where he received the Ron Nelson Award for Music Compositional Excellence. Directly following in 2011, he received an MA in composition from Mills College in California, having studied composition with Roscoe Mitchell and Fred Frith receiving the Margaret Lyon Prize for Outstanding Music Student.
Upon finishing his studies he has been active in finding new approaches to composition, reflected in new music for acoustic and electronic ensembles, electronic improvisations, spatially-dependent pieces, and combinations of all three. Although artistically focused on musical experimentation and exploration, his approaches have adapted to fit a wide variety of genres and purposes in film and commercial composition. The films he has scored have won numerous awards and have been presented internationally in festivals such as South by Southwest, The Locarno Film Festival, BAFICI, Unknown Pleasures, among others.
Involved in a variety of compositional and performative projects, he has adapted to live performance to explore new compositional ideas based on the unexpectedness of the live setting. He currently lives in Berlin, Germany.