No Idea Festival presents Iván Naranjo


Sunday, February 24th

ICOSA is pleased to host Iván Naranjo as part of No Idea Festival. The music of Iván Naranjo is the result of his interest in the expressive possibilities of musical situations that involve flexible structures, self-similarity and assemblages of mutually (in)different musics. His work includes composition for orchestral instruments, computer music, live electronics, and sound installations.

His main composition teachers have been Germán Romero, Ron Kuivila, Erik Ulman and Brian Ferneyhough. Naranjo holds a Masters degree from Wesleyan University, and a Doctorate in Musical Arts from Stanford University.

His music has been performed by the LA Phil, Arditti Quartet, JACK Quartet, FLUX Quartet, MIVOS Quartet, Spektral Quartet, Ensamble Liminar, International Contemporary Ensemble, Ensemble Dal Niente, Retro Disco, Distractfold, Adapter, Ensemble Elision, SIGMA Project, Ensemble Pamplemousse, Cepromusic, Now Hear Ensemble, Xelm-Ya, Wilfrido Terrazas, Alexander Bruck, Natalia Pérez-Turner, Julián Martínez, Séverine Ballon, Tony Arnold, Max Murray, Pablo Gómez, Juan Martín López, Dustin Donahue y Scott Worthington, among others.

Naranjo lives in Mexico City and is the Technical Director for Mexico's national contemporary music ensemble, Ensamble Cepromusic.

Initiated in 2003, No Idea Festival is an annual festival of improvised music based in Austin, Texas.

No Idea’s curation focuses on three aspects of creative process generative to the advancement of contemporary music:

  1. Presenting festival curated first-time collaborations between artists.

  2. Advancing existing collaborations that are in various stages of development. 

  3. Establishing new music projects involving festival artists.

During No Idea events, artists articulate a wide variety of working methods and perform within several gradations of improvisation and composition. Audiences witness a broad spectrum of an artist’s work as they move through their most established ensembles, their developing groups, and new, festival-curated first-time meetings. Artists are often brought back to No Idea for multiple years to advance connections and enable a new music to flourish.

Since 2009, No Idea has placed an increasing emphasis on working with musicians and sound artists from Mexico City’s burgeoning contemporary music community. These collaborations seek to create new pathways to establish enduring connections between Mexican artists and the US. Since this time, No Idea has included over 25 musicians, filmmakers, curators, writers, and academics from throughout Mexico and has held events in Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Mexico City, and Mérida, Yucatán. Building on this success, No Idea is expanding its focus to build enduring connections with artists and culture generators in several countries in the coming years, including Germany, Japan, Norway, and France.