Bertrand Chavarría-Aldrete

Bertrand Chavarría-Aldrete

“I really enjoy working at IAC, the space and facilities are simply amazing, but that would be meaningless if there wasn’t a great staff working inside; a team that is always happy to help you with your ideas and projects. The fluid exchange between the visiting artists, the staff and more stable users like myself, makes the IAC a very happy place to work efficiently!”

PhD research project: “Plastic Extension of Music”

PhD supervisor: Michael Edward Edgerton

Institution: Malmö Academy of Music

Period: September 2020 – August 2024

What is the artistic significance of being a music interpreter nowadays? None.

I propose a new form of interpretation that goes beyond translation, synaesthesia or musical analysis. This form of creative criticism/ intervention is a plastic extension of music taking the instrumental interpretation (praxis) of a work as a poietic process preceding plasticity.

Considering musical performance as an incompleteness that creates a recollection of material: impressions, technical hacks, muscle memory and more subjective information generated during the physical work with the instrument along the exegetical study and the musical interpretation. To thus extend and complete this experience in space, concretising the music through the hands and the eye of the artist interpreter in a new model of interpretation and plastic creation.

Plastic extension takes place through the materialization of these ideas by a production process, where the transformation of this experience passes through the critical filter, the interpreter becoming a management and rejection device which thus makes it possible to produce a new creation. An intervention that extends beyond the ephemeral condition of music and the code of conduct of the score, expressed through this new filter that is a performer with a new voice/hand; an extension of his thought that will go beyond sound, beyond a reproducible material.

Visit Bertrand’s artist website –

Listen to pômrô, an experimental poem for for guitar, sirimcho, stones and electronics by Bertrand Chavarria-Aldrete, 2020 on Souncloud

Listen to fomio, an experimental poem for sirimcho, loop pedal and objects by Bertrand Chavarría-Aldrete, 2020 on YouTube

Listen and see the video performance-presentation with ODRADEK records of [p]ers[on]a mis[ce]lanea, 2020 on YouTube

Read more about Bertrand’s PhD in the Lund University Research Portal –

Learn more about PhD education at the Malmö Academy of Music, by visiting the following website –

<<< Back to PhD students at IAC