Bertrand Chavarria Aldrete

Bertrand Chavarria Aldrete

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What is the artistic significance of being a music interpreter nowadays ?


    I propose a new form of interpretation that goes beyond translation, synesthesia or musical analysis. This form of creative criticism/intervention, is a plastic extension of music taking the instrumental interpretation (praxis) of a work as a poietic process preceding plasticity. Considering musical performance as an incompleteness that creates a recollection of material: impressions, technical hacks, muscle memory and more subjective information generated during the physical work with the instrument along the exegetical study and the musical interpretation. To thus extend and complete this experience in space, concretizing the music through the hands and the eye of the artist interpreter in a new model of interpretation and plastic creation.

    The particularity of music gives us the device that is the performer. It is here that intervention research, in the form of a plastic extension, sets up the study of several parameters to be managed for the harvesting of material to be in space. These parameters are originated in the gleaning phase of instrumental praxis, the musical gesture, performer's body, sound production and the impossibility of fixing music in time and space, a hybridization of these elements in a repository of impressions caused by physical and intellectual contact with the same source: the interpreted work.

    The plastic extension takes place through the materialization of these ideas by a production process, where the transformation of this experience passes through the critical filter, the interpreter becoming a management and rejection device which thus makes it possible to produce a new creation. A unique plastic creation, an auratic splitting of each individual, with their culture, their entourage, their genetics, their geography, their uniqueness, their intimacy, to express themselves in their own language, with their own singularity. An intervention that extends beyond the ephemeral condition of music and the code of conduct of the score, expressed through this new filter that is a performer with a new voice/hand; an extension of his thought that will go beyond sound, beyond a reproducible material.
    This type of plastic intervention between the score and the sound, allows to bring into play diverse technical means [music, visual-plastic, theatre, dance, photography…] to express the complexity and uniqueness of the impressions generated by the music inside a new hermeneutic circle of creation, intervention and interpretation.

    Music needs to recreate its own mythology, to invent its new iconography as an extension and concretization of the ephemeral and the subjective present in the unconscious of the performer. Create new and unexplored paths of expression in music.

Artistic work

Bertrand Chavarria-Aldrete (Lyon, 1978) is an artist with various working methods all originating in sound: performance, composition, poetry, theatre, plastic, and visual arts.

As an interpreter he has premiered more than 80 works as a soloist and in chamber music, recorded on several occasions for the radio and labels, playing at the most important halls and festivals in Europe and America. Between 2006 and 2016, in Spain, he co-founded and directed SMASH ensemble, focussed on the creation and promotion of contemporary music.

As of 2015, his work has extended to include the plastic arts developing a new type of interpretation, an intervention in music performance: “Plastic Extension of Music”. Exhibiting and taking part at artistic residences in Spain, France, Germany and Portugal, his visual work ranges from photography to painting, from sculpture to documentaries.

As a composer, he works on a diversity of outputs; he earned 2nd prize at  the “7th International Competition Quatuor Molinari” for his string quartet “douleur exquise." In theatre, he created “La nef des fous”, a tableau vivant with music and actors, and composed several improvisational and performative works for performers with special needs, including, most recently, “de(cor)o”. In 2021 was awarded the Winfried Böhler Kulturstiftung-Netzwerk Neue Musik Baden-Württemberg e.V. “ad libitum” competition in Germany for the composition of “Sc(herz)o infinito”, a new tableau vivant of Pieter Brueghel’s “Children’s Games”. 

Since 2020 works on a series of solo compositions of experimental poetry inspired on the troubadour tradition.

He studied in Mexico, France, Netherlands and Portugal. Currently lives between Paris and Malmö while working on his PhD, “Plastic Extension of Music,” at Lund University, Sweden. 

Bertrand Chavarria-Aldrete studied in Mexico (Gregorio Rangel, Edgar Cortés, Andrés Licéaga, Pedro Salcedo, Martín Madrigal), France (ENM d’Aulnay-sous-bois - Judicaël Perroy, Raymond Gratien, Than Hanh Nguyen, Patrick Gallois, José Luis Campana, Octavio López) Netherlands (Koninklijk Conservatorium - Zoran Dukic) and Portugal (Faculdade de Belas Artes of Universidade do Porto - Fernando José Pereira, Pedro Tudela, Carlos Lima).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

UKÄ subject classification

  • Arts
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts

Free keywords

  • Plastic extension of music
  • Guitar
  • Visual Art
  • plastic art
  • Music
  • Contemporary Music


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