Josué Amador Valdez
Dr. Josué Amador is a composer, improvising performer, researcher, and educator. With a strong grounding in experimental music, improvisation, and sound studies, Amador´s practice reflects a keen interest in exploring the various dimensions of sound and its impact on human perception. His work delves into experimental approaches to music composition and performance, incorporating various forms of improvisation and indeterminacy.
Amador's musical journey began as a jazz guitarist with a particular interest in contemporary and free jazz. After obtaining a Bachelor's degree in jazz guitar, his inquisitive nature led him to study Western classical music composition, with the aim of integrating these distinct musical worlds into his practice and creating what he calls "flexible music".
Amador's compositions have been performed extensively in Europe and America and featured in prestigious festivals such as Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Kraków Composers Festival, Città di Barletta Festival, and IFFR, among others. His music has been recorded and released in Mexico, the USA, Portugal, and Poland, garnering critical acclaim.
As a researcher, Amador employs transdisciplinary practices that combine artistic and scientific methods and perspectives to address complex societal issues. His current research is focused on sound, listening, and resonance as potent tools for generating knowledge and understanding, examining the intricate interplay between the urban auditory environment and its social, cultural, and historical complexities.
Amador holds a Ph.D. in Music Composition from the Academy of Music in Krakow, Poland, a Master's degree (MMus) from CODARTS in Rotterdam, Netherlands, a Licentiate Diploma in Composition (LTCL) with honors from the Trinity College of Music of London as well as Musical Theory, Criticism and Literature Degree (AMusTCL) and a diploma from the Institute of Sonology in The Hague, NL.
Amador currently works as a lecturer and researcher for CODARTS University of the Arts and the Rotterdam Arts and Sciences Lab.