José Martínez

José’s music incorporates a wide range of influences from Colombian folk tunes to modern art music while borrowing from Latin music, heavy metal, and spectralism. His works range from solo pieces with electronics to orchestral works, passing through chamber ensembles, electroacoustic pieces, and collaborations with dancers.

His main musical interest is the idiosyncratic synthesis of timbral examination, Latin American vernacular music, and technology.

He has written for ensembles such as Alarm Will Sound, Spanish ensemble Taller Sonoro, LA-based chamber group Wild Up, Grammy award-winning quartet Third Coast Percussion, American piano duet Hockett, among others.

José is a recipient of the 2013 Sinquefield Composition Prize, and of three national composition prizes in his home country, Colombia. His music has been presented a SEAMUS 2017 and at several local concerts that examine technology as an artistic tool.

An alumnus of the National University of Colombia as both a percussionist and a composer, he pursued an MM in composition at the University of Missouri, and is currently a DMA composition student at UT Austin.