Horacio Curti

Curti, Horacio

He begins his path in music as a saxophone player and years later, while at the Indian Himalayas, encounters shakuhachi and goes to Japan to study the instrument, receiving in the year 2004 his “shakuhachi Shihan” (shakuhachi master degree) becoming the first person in Spain to be granted this honor. He research in the Japanese musical practices with special attention to their articulation in the social and cultural context. His research areas range from “sound Aesthetics” to “Music and diaspora” among others. He starts to teach at the musicology department of the ESMUC in 2006. At present he also teaches at SAE BARCELONA, and the instrument independently. His academic and artistic activities have taken him to several European countries, Japan and South and North America, collaborating with many universities and other cultural institutions. In 2009 is released his first solo album, “Ichi” and later the book-cd “Contes Zen, petites històries per despertar” including music by Horacio Curti.

Research topics

  • Japan: Sound Aesthetics, Classical and Traditional Music, Stage Arts
  • Asian Musical Practices
  • Video clip beyond pop and rock
  • Inter-disciplinary Contemporary Creation: Music, Dance, Poetry and Video
  • (Ethno)musicologist as a performer
  • Identity construction through Music

Main publications

Marta Millà, com. i Horacio Curti, mús. Contes Zen. Petites històries per despertar (llibre-cd). Barcelona: Viena Edicions, 2012 (in spanish, 2014)

“El sonido de Japón. Reflexiones sobre el ideal sonoro y su articulación en las prácticas musicales japonesas”. A: Jarauta, Francisco (ed.) Cuadernos de la Fundación Botin, vol. 18, pp. 125-155. 2011

The Ashgate Research companion to Japanese Music. Ressenya de llibre. Trans,  Revista Transcultural de Música. 14. 2010. (www.sibetrans.com)

Ichi. Disc Compacte. Agharta Music. Barcelona. 2009


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