A Colombian composer born August 27, 1986.
Violeta Cruz studied composition at the Javeriana University of Bogota (Colombia), then at the Conservatory of Boulogne-Billancourt in the class of Jean-Luc Hervé and the Paris Conservatory in the classes of Stefano Gervasoni, Yan Maresz and Luis Naon. She also followed the composition computer music course of Ircam. In 2015 she won the Prize of the Fondation Francis et Mica Salabert and, in 2016, she was in residence at the Villa Medici.
Cruz invents and constructs sound objects, mechanical constructions that produce partly aleatory rhythms, the behaviour of the sound being extended by interactive electronic equipment. Interested in elementary substances such as water and light, she has devised an ‘Electroacoustic Fountain, a ‘Little Bell of Light’ and a ‘Machine à bonshommes’ (Man machine). She works on musical texture and on the relationship between sound and matter. She composes instrumental, vocal, electroacoustic works and readily incorporates her sound objects that provide a visual, scenic even tactile counterpoint to the more abstract world of sounds. An artiste in sound, she seeks to stage sound, and develop a scenic approach to composition. Works include: Sozu for percussion and electroacoustic fountain, first performed by Guy-Loup Boisneau in Paris, Carreau du Temple (2017); Pli, participative work for mixed chorus, children’s choir and percussion, premiered at the Seine Musicale by the choir Accentus and a children’s choir of Boulogne-Billancourt (2017); La Princesse légère, opera for four voices, two actors, ten musicians and electronics, based on a fairy tale by George MacDonald, first performed by the ensemble Court-Circuit at Lille Opera (2017); Glide-glow for little bell of light and accordion, premiered by the ensemble Ars Nova in Poitiers (2018).