Friday, November 22nd, 2013, 19.30 SHUT UP AND LISTEN! AWARD 2013 Helga Arias Parra (E/CH): Cellolar Synthesis Cellolar Synthesis The form of this piece is based on the general idea of a continuum or sound stream, which  is roundly built by the addition of the different cello strings. In this sense, the different  “fermatas” do not correspond to sections but to the addition of a higher string. The initial  gesture starts to build a whole structure in which the direction is purely circular. The  electronics are conceived in order to merge together with the instrument and create a  perfect symbiosis between the two of them. The artificial resonances are intended to  extend the sounds of the cello and leave place to a “meta-instrument”. All the samples  used in the electronic part come from real cello recordings, transformed by a wide range of  techniques such as granular synthesis, filters, stretching, resonators, etc. This piece was  premiered by the Spanish cellist Mery Coronado (Ensemble Taller Sonoro) at the RCSM  Victoria Eugenia of Granada and by the Italian cellist Marco Simonacci at the EMUFEST  festival of Rome. Helga Arias Parra Born in Bilbao, Spain. She obtained her piano diploma in the city of Granada, Spain. After  that she began her composition studies in the same city, with the composer Juan Cruz  Guevara and later in the conservatory Giuseppe Verdi of Milan, where she studied with  Mario Garuti and Javier Torres Maldonado. Besides, she has received lessons from other  composers such as Georg Friedrich Haas, Mark André, Alberto Posadas, Dániel Péter Biró,  Ken Ueno, Cristóbal Halffter, Dominique Schafer and Javier Álvarez, among others, and  participated in master classes with Helmuth Lachenmann, Philippe Manoury, José María  Sánchez Verdú or Daniel Teruggi. She has recently been awarded in the international contest  “Città di Udine” as well as in the  RCSM Victoria Eugenia de Granada contest for Symphonic  Orchestra. Her music has been played in festivals such as EMUFEST of Rome, the  Klangwerkstatt in the Konzerthaus Berlin, Festival Mixtur in Barcelona, Atlantic Music  Festival in Maine, USA, Foro Internacional de Musica Nueva (Mexico), Domaine Forget  (Nouvelle Ensemble Modern) Canada, Casa del Suono in Parma (Italy) or Etchings Festival  (France). In October 2013 she participated in the Experimentalstudio Academy of the SWR  Freiburg. Currently she lives and works in Switzerland and is taking Master's Degree in  Computer Music in the Conservatory of Parma at the same time, with the composer Javier  Torres Maldonado. 
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