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 unexpectedness, indeterminacy, and improvisation in the performative setting. He often incorporates multi-channel and algorithmic systems into his electro-acoustic works to explore the quadraphonic plane and randomness as a performative devices. He has recently performed his quadraphonic piece Xilaquil x 2 on March 9th, 2019 as an artist-in-residence for the SOUND HEALS ALL WOUNDS series by Rhizome DC, and presented his first algorithmic sound installation Voces on September 20th, 2019 commissioned by The Center for Victims of Torture.
He currently lives in Berlin, Germany.