The Argentinian clarinettist and alt-saxaphonist Guillermo Gregorio was born in Buenos Aires in the 1940s in a musical family. Already as a teenager he took an active interest in jazz. From this experience and from his interest in Ornett Coleman and the early musique concrète, Gregorio developed a taste for exploring the limits of sound. Influenced by the modernistic spirit of the 1960s he was at first loath to perform in public and carried his experiments out in studios. Evidence of this radical research was first made accessible recently as part of John Corbett´s series ´Unheard Music´ (´Otra Música: Tape Music, Fluxus, and the Improvisation in Buenos Aires 1963-1970´). Gregorio was otherwise busy as a professor of architecture and as a writer of many articles and essays about classical and modern avant-garde forms of music.
Gregorio also took part in the activities of the Fluxus-like performance-group Movimiento Música Mús, the Experimental Group of Buenos Aires and the Group of Contemporary Music of La Plata, with results ranging from multi-media spectacles to experimental concerts and a modern repertoire. In the mid 1980s Gregorio left Buenos Aires and went firstly to Europe and then to the USA, where he is still living and working. In Chicago in 2001 he founded the Madi Ensemble, which is concerned with the bases of various Argentinean avant-garde styles. He also teaches at the Purdue University and was awarded a grant in a promotional program of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra´s.
His very original music combines a lavish use of improvisation within structural frameworks inspired by architecture and graphically recorded, including planimetric spatial projections, with conventional notation. The graphic elements reflect the strong influence on his composing of 20th century modern art.
Since 1995 several CDs from Guillermo Gregorio have appeared under the label ART.
Author: Haus der Kulturen der Welt
This artist took part in the following project(s) organized/funded by the culturebase.net partner institutions.
The New Sound Experience
(20 January 04 - 29 January 04)