Dublin Sound Lab Announce 2024/25 Commission Awardee: Lautaro Figueroa Balcarce

Dublin Sound Lab is delighted to announce the annual Music Current commission for 2024 has been offered to Lautaro Figueroa Balcarce. Lautaro will write a new work for Dublin Sound Lab with electronics and video projection. The new work will be performed at Music Current Festival 2025. 

The commission is offered annually as part of Music Current Festival, with the newly commissioned work being prepared for the following year’s festival. Previous commissioned composers include: Anna Murray (Ire), Panayiotis Kokoras (Greece),  Patricia Martinez (Argentina), Silvia Rosani (Italy), Alessandro Massobrio (Italy/Germany), Brona Martin (Ire), Seán O'Dálaigh (Ire), and João Pedro Oliveira (Portugal). 

Lautaro's proposal was marked by an enthusiasm to use technology in a playful and humorous manner and also engage critically with technology in performance.

Lautaro comments: 

Receiving the Music Current Commission Award 2024/2025 fills me with immense joy and gratitude. It is an extraordinary opportunity that will allow me to further explore our increasingly intricate relationship with technology, with an emphasis on the interplay between digital and physical realities. This exploration will culminate in the creation and premiere of a new composition for ensemble, electronics and video during the festival. I am deeply grateful to Music Current for believing in my vision and giving me the opportunity to collaborate with exceptional musicians.

Lautaro Figueroa Balcarce is a composer from Argentina, born in Buenos Aires. He  obtained his degree in composition at the National University of Arts [U.N.A.] in Argentina under the guidance of Santiago Santero, and studied privately with Luis Mucillo. He is  currently pursuing a master's degree in composition at the Hochschule der Künste Bern [HKB] in Switzerland, with the support of the scholarship "Gisela Timmermann" awarded  by the Mozarteum Argentino, where he studies with Simon Steen-Andersen and Xavier  Dayer. His music has been performed in different theatres in Argentina, France, Germany,  Switzerland and the United States. including: The National Opera America Center, Maison  de l'Argentine en París, UMass Amherst, Zentrum Paul Klee, La Biblioteca Nacional Argentina, and El Centro Cultural San Martín; by performers such as Mivos Quartet, Neue  Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Le Concert Idéal, Odile Auboin, Martina  Copello, Unheard-of Ensemble, and many others.

Learn more about Lautaros's work and music at: https://lautarofigueroabalcarce.com