Carlos Bandera

Carlos Bandera is a composer who is fascinated by musical architecture and by the music of the past. His recent music explores these fascinations by often placing a musical quotation, be it a phrase, scale, or sonority, within a dense microtonal and micropolyphonic texture. His music has been performed in the Faroe Islands, Uzbekistan, China, and several spaces in the US, including Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall. In 2016, Carlos participated in the Peabody Opera Etudes program, leading to the premiere of his one-act chamber opera of church and state, based on the early activism of Madalyn Murray O’Hair. That year he also organized and participated in a workshop between Peabody composers and the Uzbekistan-based contemporary music ensemble, Omnibus Ensemble. In 2015 Carlos earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition from the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University, where he studied with Elizabeth Brown, Dean Drummond, and Marcos Balter. Carlos recently received his Master of Music degree in Composition from The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he participated in masterclasses with Christopher Rouse and Georg Friedrich Haas and studied privately with Kevin Puts.

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