Escudero, Óscar

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born in 1992 in Spain, composer and performer extensively playing with sound, video and virtual performative spaces. His work points on social networks as ideology, the mutation of former analogical concepts of “body,” “time,” or “stage” as total virtual representations and the creation of operative artistic devices within a “spam reality.” 

His work has been recognised with several international prizes such as the Giga-Hertz Spezialpreis from the ZKM and Experimentalstudio (2018), Busoni Förderpreis from the Akademie der Künste in Berlin (2017), Premio Jóvenes Compositores SGAECNDM from the Spanish Ministry of Culture (2015), and the 1st Prize of the Thailand International Composition Festival in Bangkok (2013). 

His works have been commissioned and played notably by ensemble mosaik, Neue Vocalsolisten Sttutgart, CrossingLines, Noa Frenkel, PHACE, or Kuss Quartet, featuring at numerous international festivals and stages including the Munich Biennale, Rotterdam Opera Days, L'Auditori in Barcelona, Kontakte Biennale of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, Kunstfest Weimar, ZKM Karlsruhe, Fundación Juan March, and Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid. 

He works in team with composer and musical dramatist Belenish Moreno-Gil, with whom he codirects CLAMMY, an ensemble and YouTube channel devoted to the creation and production of music theater pieces. They are faculty members of KUNSTWELTEN, the pedagogic program of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, and artists-in-residence at HELLERAU – European Arts Centre in Dresden at Música en Segura Festival during the season 2021/22. 

Selected works: Custom #1 for performer, percussion, video and electronics (2015), Custom #2, digital melodrama for three performers ad libitum, video and electronics (2016), Custom #3 (Big data) for cello, piano, video and electronics (2016), Flat Time Trilogy for saxophone, performer, percussionist with VR goggles, video and electronics (with Belenish Moreno-Gil, 2017–18), Subnormal Europe, music theatre (with Belenish Moreno-Gil, 2017–18), BIO, the videogame piece about your pianist life for pianist (piano and keyboard), video and electronics (2018–21), Variations on a theme by Robert Gerhard for string quartet, video and electronics (with Belenish Moreno-Gil, 2020–21).