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The Skin of the Sound

Anthony Fiumara's recent work is characterized by a dynamic style. Key words are speed, energy, layers, clear-cut contrasts. Witness the orchestral work As I Opened Fire (2014), the mercurial opening movement of the string quartet I Dreamed in the Cities at Night (2014) or the rushed ‘Interludes’ in Fiumara’s brand-new requiem, Memorial Park (2017), commissioned by November Music festival in Den Bosch, being the featured composer there in 2017.

An important (and also the most ear-catching) pillar is the repetitive nature of Fiumara’s work. He increasingly seems to use repetition as a means to set up a sound surface – Fiumara prefers to say ‘canvas’ – whereas the larger shape is buttressed by contrasts, collages, or maybe the blueprint of a rock song.

His music betrays a longing for immediacy, for powerful expression that has listeners by the short hairs straight away without them needing to take cognizance of the underlying constructions or deeper meanings. The essence of his work, in all its simpleness, can be taken at face value through the physical experience of the sound itself – or as Fiumara says ‘the skin or the sound’.

Anthony Fiumara received his musical training at the University of Utrecht. He works as a full time composer, but he also enjoyed a successful career as a music journalist, producer of radio programs and lecturer. Anthony was artistic director of Orkest De Volharding and Compagnie Bischoff. He co-founded the Amsterdam Electric Festival, as well as the indie-classical ensemble Lunapark.

He was composer–in-residence at the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and he wrote music for a number of international soloists and ensembles, such as musikFabrik, Trio Mediaeval and Sentieri Selvaggi. Fiumara holds the position of professor of music composition at the Academy of Music and Performance Arts (AMPA) in Tilburg. In 2019-2020 he is the official composer of the city of Tilburg.

Fiumara is also a wanted orchestrator. He arranged the music of Steve Reich, Terry Riley, John Adams, Simeon ten Holt, Brian Eno, Aphex Twin, Massive Attack and David Bowie.

Biografie Nederlands

Recent Articles and Interviews

Margaretha Coonrstra (Luister 2019)
De 'verpixeling' van de wereld

Joep Christenhusz
(Booklet for November Music 2017)
What You Hear Is What You Hear

Margaretha Coonrstra (Luister 2017)
'Eenvoudig is niet hetzelfde als makkelijk'

Joep Stapel
(NRC, 2017)
'Rockachtige' dodenmis van Van Brederode en Fiumara