Rodrigo Mata

Rodrigo Mata: Mar Del Norte (North Sea) for double bass and guitar

Rodrigo Mata: Mar Del Norte (North Sea) for double bass and guitar

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About the Composition

One of the wonders of the city of Oslo is that on its southern side there is a fjord, in which you can see the eternal blue of the ocean. It is there, where sometimes I simply look for a quiet place by the sea where I can feel the serenity of the waves, the sound of the birds, the whisper of the wind, and the breeze that spreads in the environment. 

For some time, I was away from my loved one, so far that an entire ocean separated us and due to various circumstances I did not know when we would meet again, in those days when I went to the fjord the first thing I saw was the North Sea, which only represents the beginning of the great ocean that separated my place from her place and the distance of time and space that uncertainty dictated. 

The musical theme of this work evokes this feeling of missing a loved one, of knowing her far away and at the same time feeling moments of hope, moments that inevitably end up suspended in uncertainty.

The premiere of this piece took place in the Majorstua Kirke, Oslo, Norway, in October 2020 and was performed by Rodrigo Mata on double bass and Tomas Laukvik on guitar, as part of the concert "Colloquio", in which they also performed works by S. Gubaidulina, K. Penderecki, and H. Thelin.

About the Composer

Bassist and composer born in 1985 in Guanajuato, Mexico, he graduated in double bass at the University of Guanajuato. Concurrently, he studied with Valeria Thierry (Mexico) in Mexico City and, in 2010, completed an academic stay at Mount Royal University in the city of Calgary, Canada, with Sheila Garrett (Canada), John Hyde (Canada) and Rubim de Toledo (Brazil). From 2019 to 2021, he studied for a Master's Degree in Music Performance at the Norwegian Academy of Music with Dan Styffe (Sweden) and Håkon Thelin (Norway). He has received master classes from renowned musicians such as Stefano Scodanibbio (Italy), Bertram Turetzky (United States), Frank Proto (United States), Markus Stockhausen (Germany), Dominic Seldis (United Kingdom), Thierry Barbe (France), Jeff Bradetich (United States), among others.

As a soloist, he has premiered works by contemporary composers in Mexico, the United States, and Norway. He has performed with Calgary Youth Orchestra in Canada, Orquesta de Cámara de Leon, the Norwegian Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonietta, Ensemble 3030, and the Bergen Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. He is currently a bassist in Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Guanajuato, as well as several chamber music and jazz projects. He is conductor and founder of the double bass ensemble "Mushamukas," with which he has premiered works by avant-garde composers and with which, in 2022, he was a beneficiary of FONCA's Programa de Fomento a Proyectos y Coinversiones Culturales. In 2021 he was a beneficiary of Programa de Estímulos a la Creación y Desarrollo Artístico (PECDA) as a creator with trajectory.

As a composer, he has won first prize in the 2020 and 2022 ISB (International Society of Bassist) Composition Contest, first prize in the 2021 FICI (Festival Internacional de Contrabajo Infantil) Composition Contest, and has been the resident composer of the Latin Orchestra of Europe in 2021, his works have been performed in Norway, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, the Czech Republic, Chile, Argentina, Portugal, Germany, Venezuela, Peru, and the United States.

Both as a performer, as a composer, and as a director, he has participated in numerous international events such as the International Cervantino Festival, the Fjord Classics Festival, the International Festival of Contemporary Art, the Callejón del Ruido International Festival, the International Jazz Festival in Irapuato, the Convention of the International Society of Bassists and the Baja California Latin American Double Bajos Festival, to name a few, and has made album recordings with the Tagma Records, Quindecim Recordings and Evidence Classics record labels.

Additionally, he has served as a teacher in the Community Orchestras of the Sistema Nacional de Fomento Musical, Trinitate Philharmonia, and continues as a double bass professor at the University of Guanajuato.

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