David Aguila, co-founder and co-artistic director of aLma.MaddR, is a Los Angeles based performer and composer from Florida. Aguila's work uses acoustic and electronic instruments, spatialization, and perception of sound, time, and memory, which are conceptually abstracted to create sonic landscapes and performance installations. As a performer, Aguila has performed as a trumpeter with various ensembles around the USA and Europe, including the Tonight Show Band , The Industry , Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp International Wind Ensemble, New Century Players, Vinny Golia Large Ensemble, and many others. In addition, Aguila has performed on laptop, live processing instruments and voice, and as a sound projectionist. These performances include Trumpet + Laptop at Roy O. Disney Concert Hall, North American premiere of Mauricio Kagel's Nah und Fern at ArtShare LA, and a live scoring of Carl Theodor Dreyer's 1928 film The Passion of Joan of Arc. As a composer, Aguila's works have been performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; receiving four and five star reviews, the CalArts New Works Festival, the Eastman School of Music, California Institute of the Arts, the Australian National Academy, and throughout Los Angeles and the United States.
Aguila has been accepted to a one time master's program at the Royal Conservatoire in the Hague, for Sound Projection, specifically for Karlheinz Stockhausen's Opera Licht . The master's program will conclude with the most comprehensive performance of Licht at the Holland Festival in 2019 with the Dutch National Opera and Ballet. Over the course of three days, 16 hours of instrumental music and 5 hours of electronic music will be staged and performed from Licht. Pieces to be performed include, Orchester-Finalisten , Helikopter-Streichquartett , Michaelion & others to be announced.
Aguila is one of five candidates from across the globe to be accepted into the Sound Projection program, and one of three Americans to be accepted into the Master's aus Licht degree. While studying at the Royal Conservatoire, Aguila will be learning from experts who have directly worked with Stockhausen, faculty includes: Kathinka Pasveer - Sound Projection, Paul Jeukendrup - Sound Engineering, Renee Jonker - Ensemble Coach, as well as world renowned instrumental faculty. The sound projectionist's role in these works is to prepare the musicians and performance hall for amplification, and perform from the mixing console.
David will be attending the Stockhausen Summer Course in late July through early August. On Friday August 25th from 1 - 11:30pm PST, David held a Farewell Concert at ArtShare LA, and can be viewed below.