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Diaz de Leon Album Release

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Mario Diaz de Leon

Cycle and Reveal

An evening of new music by acclaimed composer and longtime ICE collaborator Mario Diaz de Leon, featuring performances by ICEensemble musicians Rebekah Heller, Claire Chase and Joshua Rubin, and a live audiovisual set by the composer. Presented by The Kitchen, this event celebrates the release of Cycle and Reveal on Denovali Records and takes place at the Queenslab space in Ridgewood.


Mario Diaz de Leon: Mysterium

Mario Diaz de Leon: Labrys


Rebekah Heller, bassoon

Claire Chase, flute

Joshua Rubin, clarinet

Add to Calendar 10/24/2019 08:00 PM 10/24/2019 10:00 PM Diaz de Leon Album Release queenslab

Mario Diaz de Leon is a composer and multi-instrumentalist, whose work encompasses modern classical music, experimental electronic music, extreme metal, and creative improvised music. Working extensively with NYC based collaborators including ICE, Talea, TAK Ensemble, and Mivos Quartet, his classical music has been celebrated over the last decade for its “hallucinatory intensity” (New York Times), “snarling exuberance” (Pitchfork), “helter-skelter, electronically enhanced cadenzas” (New Yorker Magazine), and coupling of “crystalline clarity with the disorienting turbulence of a sonic vortex” (Wire Magazine). “Cycle and Reveal”, the fourth full length album documenting this body of work, will be released by Denovali in September of 2019. Under the name Oneirogen, Diaz de Leon toured internationally and produced a series of experimental electronic recordings from 2012-16, exploring linkages between ambient, drone, metal, and industrial music genres. He is guitarist and vocalist in Luminous Vault, a band co-founded with bassist Samuel Smith (Artificial Brain) in 2015. Combining black and death metal with machine rhythm and synthesizers, their EP “Charismata” was released by Profound Lore Records in 2017. Other current projects include Bloodmist, an electroacoustic improvisation trio with Jeremiah Cymerman and Toby Driver, whose most recent recording was given favorable reviews by National Public Radio and Downbeat Magazine. Recent live performances include events at Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), Donaufestival (Austria), CTM Festival (Berlin), Chicago Symphony Center, Hakuju Hall (Tokyo), Venice Biennale, Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), Musica Nova Helsinki (Finland), National Gallery of Art (DC), Ojai (California), Roulette (Brooklyn), The Kitchen (NYC), and commissions from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, ICE, Talea, NYSCA, and Chamber Music America. Diaz de Leon is a native of St. Paul, Minnesota, and has been a resident of NYC since 2004. After receiving his doctorate in music composition from Columbia University in 2013, he held a postdoctoral appointment as Core Lecturer in Music Humanities from 2015-2018, while also teaching at the Columbia Computer Music Center. In 2019, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Music and Technology at Stevens Institute of Technology.

Earlier Event: October 19
Soundlines at NYU Skirball
Later Event: November 14
Appalachian Spring & The Auditions