Born in Madrid (1995), A. Crespo Barba is a Spanish artist and composer. He graduated with honors in Contemporary Music Composition at Escuela TAI (Madrid), where he was awarded with the Beca al talento scholarship. He also studied his Master of Composition at Codarts (Rotterdam), having graduated Cum Laude.
His music is a mix of many influences that go from experimental music to the oldest flamenco forms, the latter being the main topic of his most recent works. In addition, his way of thinking about art establishes ideas in common with artists from other disciplines, as he had worked with experimental choreographers, visual artists or fashion designers such as Mateja Drev, MAISON the FAUX, Boris Edrosa, LITTLE WOTAN or Lukas Karvelis. He has participated in different festivals in The Netherlands, like Flamenco Biënnale Nederland, Red Sofa!, Grachtenfestival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, November Music, O-Festival and New Music Conference (where he was awarded with the Best New Composer Pitch Prize); and abroad, having premiered pieces in other European festivals and events such as Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in England, New Baltic Festival in Lithuania, Musika-Música in Spain and Crossing Borders in Italy. Since 2023 he teaches at the Conservatory of Rotterdam as member of the Artistic Research Department.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS / PRESS
Artist in residency at Centro Coreográfico de La Gomera, ES (2023)
Honoured with the Werkbijdrage Muziekauteur by the Fonds Podiumkunsten (2020)
Winner of the Best New Composers Pitch organized by New Music Conference and November Music (2019)
Selected artist for the radio programme La casa del sonido - Música electroacústica en España (2) by RNE (2019)
Selected composer at New Notes for James Oesi, organized by Gaudeamus Muziekweek, November Music and Grachtenfestival (2019)
Artist in residency at Residenza IDRA, IT (2019)
Winner of the Codarts Artistic Research Festival (2019)
Finalist of the Fontys Artistic Research National Competition (2019)
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