Carlé Costa

Written by TGFPR. Posted in Archive 2019

Carlé Costa was born 1959 in Uruguay and grew up in Argentina. He performed in 15 countries spread over three continents presenting his own compositions as well as a great spectrum of repertory.

Carlé Costa performs regularly solo, as soloist with orchestra, as improviser in different constellations, and toured several times sponsored by the Goethe Institut and the Berliner Senatskanzlei.

Further he recorded for national Televisions from Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Uruguay, Sweden, Switzerland, and India.

CD´s with recordings of his interpretations and own compositions are released since 1986 in Argentina, Peru and Sweden. He played among others in:

Berliner Philarmonie, Germany
KUMU Museum of Modern Art, Estonia
Como Uma, Paro- Kingdom of Bhutan
Rabindranath Tagore Cultural Center, Kolkata-India
Festival d´ellaArmonia, Italy
Festival Internacional Ushuaia Clásica, Argentina
Festival Acéfalo de Música Experimental, Chile
Festival Iberoamericano de Música Contemporánea, Peru
Twents Guitar Festival, Netherlands
Uppsala International Guitar Festival, Sweden

In former times he studied with several teachers and in the National Conservatory of Argentina. In his younger years he won two national competitions: one for string instruments, the other for chamber music, but soon, for philosophical and artistic reasons, he avoided to develop his carrier throughout contests, which explains why he denies in present times all kind of requests to be jury member in any kind of competitions.

As a pioneer of contemporary music in Latin America, Carlé Costa gave his first master class for the National Conservatory of Peru in 1981, and then in 1984 the first two seminars of contemporary guitar in whole Argentina – after almost 16 years of a bloody dictatorship that among other things hindered the development of contemporary art in all its expressions-, for the Municipal Conservatory Buenos Aires.

Some of his compositions from those times are considered milestones among contemporary repertory – NN, TráficoPesado-guitar quartet- (both very important references for the development of an alternative way to play the guitar), Cantos en la Piedra, Visionessobre las 9 rocas-for piano- .

Costa developed in former years an intuitive connection with free-improvisation with an own language, which has been recognized by the multimedia improvisation group Vario 6 from Köln –Germany- when he played with them in 1982 in the Goethe Institut Buenos Aires. Later he founded the multimedia group Cuarteto de MediosMúltiples, with dancers Rhea Volij and others, working basically with non-musical instruments: broken objects to produce unusual refinated sounds, but from an unpredictable source. This group performed for Municipal Radio Buenos Aires in the 1st Contemporary Music Festival of EINMC, and other venues and cultural centers.

He paints and photographs making several presentations, and learns Tai Chi Chuan with Sifu Ma TsunKuen, beginning a more integrative path in art.

In the 90th he left Buenos Aires, to live in the forests northwest of Argentina. He considers that part of his life as some melting pot for an inner alchemy, a highly important study about nature and silence, folk-traditions; he rediscovered the guitar, the musical language and artistic forms from another perspective. But until today Costa recreates himself constantly in his creative work, and that is why his opinion is respected as one important reference for art.

He composed on demand by international soloists, orchestras, choreographs and music festivals.

Scores of his music are released by the french publisher “Edition Lemoins” as well as “Ex tempore” and “Chanterelle” from Germany, and recently “DeSantisPublications” from Berlin prepares a large part of his compositions, not only for guitar, but also for piano, flute, orchestra and chamber music, as well as educational works.


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