Bruno Louchouarn

Composer and Cognitive Scientist

French-Mexican composer and cognitive scientist Bruno Louchouarn’s music has been performed at venues internationally. He has extensive film, theater, and dance credits, ranging from the futuristic cantina music in Total Recall, to sound art exhibited at the Liverpool Biennial, UK.  His recent works are interdisciplinary in nature and favor site-specific works. His musical compositions are informed by his studies in cognitive musicology and often focus on the narrative structure of myths, and the interaction of music and visual movement. Louchouarn lectures widely on this subject and teaches at University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Concert (and beyond) projects: Sol Path, immersive media and live viola installation, Featuring violist Brett Deubner, projection design by Adam Larsen, and directed by Corey Madden. Conceived a the result of a NASA/JPL artistic residency, AxS Festival 2014, Pasadena; Voces en el Polvo/Voices in the Dust, a multimedia chamber oratorio about the 1985 Mexico City earthquake, with a libretto by Juan Felipe Herrera, poet laureate of California 2012 and Current US Poet Laureate, at Boston Court; Drive-Through, piano & video, Pianospheres, Zipper Hall, LA; Les structures du rêve, percussionist Yuri Inoo, and pianist Susan Svrzec, Pianospheres, LA.  Alcances, commissioned by the Pasadena Biennial 09, premiered by pianist Vicki Ray and the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet.

Theater, Installation, and Public Art projects: El Henry, La Jolla Playhouse and San Diego Repertory Theater (San Diego Theater Critics Circle Award winner for best original score); Disgraced, Playmakers Repertory Theater; Wrestling Jerusalem, Intersection for the Arts, Playmakers Repertory Theater, Guthrie Theater; Rain After Ash, a multimedia immersive work commissioned by A X S Festival in Pasadena, California, at the Pacific Asia Museum.  Day For Night a 12-hour film and music installation commissioned by GLOW 2010, Santa Monica beach, and featured at Transatlantyk Film Festival, Poland; Sound Art, for Suzanne Lacy’s Three Weeks in January, Getty’s Pacific Standard Time, and 2012 Liverpool Biennial; Night Falls, a new dance-theater work, ODC in San Francisco; Surf Orpheus, indie rock opera, with book writer, Corey Madden and choreographer, Jacques Heim, UCSD & Getty Villa; Agamemnon, directed by Stephen Wadsworth, featuring Tyne Daly, Getty Villa;  Shekinah, La MaMa, NY; A Weekend With Pablo Picasso, with Culture Clash’s Herbert Siguenza, Alley Theatre, Houston, and Los Angeles Theater Center, Center Rep Walnut Creek, Denver Performing Art Center, and Arizona Theater Company; Café Vida, director Michael John Garcés, Cornerstone Theater with Homeboy Industries, LATC; Eurydice, director Marc Masterson, South Coast Repertory.