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Born: 1964, Mexico City
"Why do I write music? I don't have an explicitly reasoned response. What I could say is that the best way of expressing myself is with sounds. For me, music has always been a way of learning and understanding the most profound and intimate aspects of being human."
A composer of wide-ranging interests, Gabriela Ortíz has written music for dance projects and sculpture installations, for electronic media, and for traditional instruments ranging from solo recorder to full orchestra. Her parents were folk musicians, and Ortíz first began strumming popular rhythms on the guitar and charango. She studied composition in Mexico with Mario Lavista and Federico Ibarra, and in England with Robert Sexton.
Altar de muertos (Altar of the Dead, 1996)
Kronos Quartet (Nonesuch)