Luis Velasco-Pufleau (1978, Mexico)

Luis Velasco-Pufleau is an electroacoustic music composer, guitarist and improviser. His artistic practice critically reflects on the relationship between music, sound and politics in contemporary societies. It includes live performances, sound installations and radio works. In particular, he examines the political dimension of human voices, aural memories and sound events. He has presented his work at international festivals and contemporary art forums, such as Lenbachhaus (Munich), Mixtur (Barcelona), ByPass (Toulouse), sonOhr (Bern), Sound/Image (London) and MACLA (Bordeaux). As a guitarist and improviser, he has performed in several projects such as Khimaira Quartet (2009-2017) and Ensemble Regards (2015-2016), and he is active in the experimental post-rock collective Mad Song. Luis Velasco-Pufleau holds a PhD in Music and musicology from the Paris-Sorbonne University (2011) and an MA in Arts from the Bordeaux Montaigne University (2006). He has been an artist in residence at Les Subsistances (Lyon), Château des Lumières in Lunéville and SCRIME (University of Bordeaux). In 2015, he was awarded the SACEM Prix d’encouragement for his diploma in electroacoustic composition at the Conservatoire de Bordeaux.

As a musician and musicologist, Luis Velasco-Pufleau is interested in exploring innovative forms of writing at the crossroads of artistic creation and research in the humanities and social sciences. He is an affiliate professor at the Université de Montréal and a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow at the Institute of Musicology and Walter Benjamin Kolleg at the University of Bern, and at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. Before joining the University of Bern, he has conducted postdoctoral research at the EHESS (Paris) and University of Salzburg, and has been visiting fellow at the University of Oxford and Ircam (Paris). He is the editor of the open access blog Music, Sound and Conflict and an editorial board member of the journal Transposition. Luis Velasco-Pufleau is an elected member of the Swiss Young Academy (SYA) and a member of the UNESCO Roster for Culture in Emergencies (UNESCO Rapid Response Mechanism for Culture in Emergencies).

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