Rafael Valle

Composer, 2012


Composer, conductor and computer musician, Rafael Valle was born in the state of Rio de Janeiro in 1985, where he began his musical career as a rock guitar player and audio engineer. His works are written for different media and are equally influenced by psychoacoustics, human-computer interaction, and the visual/psychological aspects of rock concerts and meditation.

In the past years, Valle met and collaborated with important musical figures of our century. Composition masterclasses in the USA include David Rakowski, Stacy Garrop and Augusta Read Thomas at the fresh inc festival, and Stephen Dembski at the New Music Festival @ ECU. In Brazil, Ricardo Tacuchian at UNIRIO, Rodrigo Cichelli at UFRJ, Jocy de Oliveira and João Guilherme Ripper at the International Campos do Jordão Winter Festival, Krzysztof Penderecki at Música Nova na Unirio and Thomas Adès at the FoCo. In Europe, Unsuk Chin, Oscar Strasnoy and Philippe Hurel at the Acanthes Festival (France), and Fabien Levy (Germany).

His oeuvre has been recently performed in the Americas and Europe, in festivals dedicated to contemporary music including next_generation 4.0 at ZKM (Germany), Acanthes (France), fresh inc (USA), XIX Bienal Brasileira de Música Contemporânea (Brazil), Tsonami festival (Chile), UNCG New Music Festival, ECU New Music Festival and SCI Student National Convention by ensembles and performers such as Orchestre National de Lorraine, Quinteto Villa-Lobos, Weimarer Bläserquintett, Doriana Mendes, Echtzeitensemble, Marc Peloquin, ECU NewMusic Camerata, Elan Duo, Out of Bounds ensemble…

Valle started his Master’s study in the USA at the East Carolina University where he studied composition with Edward Jacobs, orchestral conducting with Jorge Richter and was assistant conductor of the ECU Symphony Orchestra. He earned a Master’s Degree in Computer Music/Composition from the Musikhochschule Stuttgart where he studied with Marco Stroppa and Piet Meyer, focusing on psychoacoustic compositional strategies, human-computer interaction and installations with vibrotactile interfaces.

An advocate of contemporary music, Valle co-founded Criação Dois Hum in 2006 — an international contemporary music series to showcase the music of student composers. Valle has also given lectures in Brazil, Germany and the USA, as well as radio interviews on the music of emerging composers. As a conductor and performer, Valle is responsible for the premiere of works by living composers, having worked with ensembles such as the International Contemporary Ensemble, Ensemble Abstrai, 4’33” Ensemble, and the East Carolina Symphonic Orchestra.

Valle is working as electroacoustic and assistant musical director to Jocy de Oliveira’s multimedia opera Berio sem censura, to be premiered in August 2012. The opera includes the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira, actress Fernanda Montenegro and a laboratorio di fonologia — liveelectronics specially designed by Valle, based on Berio’s experimentations with the human voice.

Valle has recently received a full-scholarship to meditate in California and continue his research in human-computer interaction and vibrotactile interfaces at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) at UC Berkeley.

You can find more information about Rafael on his website.  You can also follow him on Facebook and Twitter.


Le Miroir Inverse
for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and french horn