Ricardo Alvarez

PhD Thesis

‘Ricardo Alvarez is a saxophone player and composer. He is researching Andean music as a source to create new sonorities for performance and compositional projects. He is particularly interested in the asymmetrical structures of the brass-band music in the Feast of La Tirana, northern Chile.

He has presented his research at the British Forum for Ethnomusicology Conference (Belfast), Latin American Music Seminar (Senate House, London), RMA Research Conference (University of Bristol), Universidad Aut├│noma de Barcelona and Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain).

Ricardo has worked with the University of York Jazz Orchestra, Julian Arg├╝elles Octet, Quatuor Diotima, The Assembled and his jazz quintet for his practical projects.

In 2010 he was awarded the CONICYT Scholarship for his MA in Music (York) and current PhD research ‘Feast of La Tirana 2012 (Chile): musical analysis, compositions and collaborative projects based on field research’. In 2012 he was awarded the Santander Connections Award for developing his field research in La Tirana. He is based at the Arts and Humanities Research Centre of The University of York.

Supervisor Dr Jonathan Eato