Cristian Amigo is a Latinx sound/music/noise artist and designer for theater, immersive environments, live performance, movement, chamber ensembles, free jazz/blues/new music/r&b/rock/reggae bands, opera, installation, and film. Amigo’s sound compositions are characterized by the use of improvisation, freely tonal and extended electroacoustic techniques, a foregrounding of timbre/color, dynamics, space, intercultural aesthetics, and free movement between multitemporal planes including psychological time.
Amigo’s awards include a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (music composition), a 2016-2019 Senior Fulbright Scholar/Artist Fellowship (Bolivia), and the Van Lier Fellowship from Meet the Composer. He earned a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from UCLA and has studied with masters from various world performance traditions including Wadada Leo Smith (CalArts), Harihar Rao (India), Kenny Burrell (USA), Carlos Hayre (Peru), and Judy Mitoma (UCLA). The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (Oxford Press) contains an entry on Amigo and his work, and he is currently an artist-in-residence at INTAR Latino Theater in New York City.
Amigo has collaborated with hundreds of renowned and diverse theater, music, and dance artists (and poets), including Oscar, Emmy, Tony, MacArthur, Grammy, Juno, Guggenheim, Fulbright, and Pulitzer Prize winners. His theater, dramatic, and performance works have been presented and supported by the Flea Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, PUBLIC Theater, Rattlestick Theater, Ma-Yi Theater Company, LAByrinth Theater Company, Cherry Lane Theater, Danish Arts Council, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company (Washington, D.C.),Grand Performances (LA), Oslo Elsewhere, Atlantic Theater, Brava Theater (San Francisco), Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center, New Dramatists, 59E59, Cornerstone Theater Company, The Coterie, Inner-City Arts (LA), Teatro del Pueblo (Minneapolis), ASK Playwright/Composer Labs, American Lyric Theater, Sundance Institute Film Composer Labs, NYC Children’s Theatre, Asian Pacific Performance Exchange (APPEX/UCLA Center for Intercultural Performance), CSU Dominguez Hills, CSU Stanislaus, CSU Northridge, University of Oregon, Bates College, UM (Farmington, MA), CSU San Diego, UC Riverside, NYU, and CSI (CUNY), World Festival of Sacred Music (LA), Vision Festival, NYC Latin Free Jazz Festival, and the Alternative Guitar Festival, among many others.