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Gabriel Bolanos

Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0405

Gabriel José Bolaños is a Nicaraguan-American composer of solo, chamber, orchestral and electronic music. He frequently collaborates closely with performers, and writes music that explores unusual structures and timbres. He is interested in computer-assisted-composition, auditory perception and linguistics. His recent music engages with theories of ecological listening: how our sense of hearing evolved primarily to interpret our environment. He enjoys listening to music by Harvey, Furrer, Ligeti, Grisey, Cerha, Romitelli, Messiaen, Os Mutantes, Simon Diaz, Sabicas and Bach.

Bolaños received a bachelor's in music from Columbia University and a doctorate in music theory and composition from University of California-Davis. His principal composition teachers include Mika Pelo, Pablo Ortiz, Laurie San Martin, Fabien Lévy and Sebastian Currier, and he studied orchestration with Tristan Murail. 

Before coming to ASU, he was visiting lecturer at Bates College for the 2018-2019 academic year and taught courses in music theory and music technology. As a 2016-17 Fulbright Visiting Scholar in Nicaragua, he was composer-in-residence and visiting conductor for the UPOLI Conservatory Orchestra, and visiting professor at the UPOLI Conservatory of Music. He is co-founder and artistic director of Proyecto Eco, Nicaragua’s first new-music ensemble. He has also helped organize artistic and cultural exchanges between U.S. and Nicaraguan musicians. Beyond his work as a teacher and composer of concert music, he has also written music for film, theater and dance, and has experience performing as a flamenco dance accompanist.

  • Ph.D. Music Theory and Composition, University of California, Davis
  • B.A. Music, Columbia University
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
MTC 323Composition
MTC 494Special Topics
MTC 499Individualized Instruction
MTC 523Advanced Composition
MTC 590Reading and Conference
MTC 591Seminar
MTC 598Special Topics
MTC 723Advanced Composition
MTC 790Reading and Conference
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
MTC 422Musical Acoustics
MTC 591Seminar
MTC 598Special Topics