Carlo Diaz

I am a composer and artistic researcher: PhD candidate on the docARTES trajectory at Leiden University and the Orpheus Institute, adjunct faculty in music composition and audio technology at Harper College, and project and communications coordinator for the Committee on Environment, Geography and Urbanization (CEGU) at the University of Chicago.

As composition, arrangement, editing, curation, and concert production, my work explores the historical and political rhetoric embedded within contemporary musical practices. I have collaborated with ensembles including Stile Nu, Ugly Pug, Nieuw Ensemble, wild Up, and Ensemble Linea and spoken at conferences organized by the Association Européenne des Conservatoires, IRCAM, University of Aveiro, Orpheus Institute, and Leiden University.

As a concert producer I have worked with the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Philharmonic, International Music Foundation, CBRE, and others to organize seven iterations of Make Music Chicago and more than 75 Rush Hour Concerts, bring live music to corporate events, initiate an outdoor concert series at Gallagher Way, and put on music, dance, film, and multimedia events at venues including the Auditorium Theatre, Orchestra Hall, Harris Theater, Millennium Park, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Concertgemaal, Oosterkerk Amsterdam, and Korzo. I have also organized lectures, book talks, and conferences at the University of Chicago and the Orpheus Institute.

In 2018 I received my Master of Music in composition from the Conservatory of Amsterdam, where I studied with Richard Ayres, Willem Jeths, and Wim Henderickx. In 2016 I received a Bachelor of Music in composition and interdisciplinary arts from Northwestern University under the guidance of Jay Alan Yim and Hans Thomalla. I also briefly studied visual cultures and composition with Patricia Alessandrini at Goldsmiths College in 2014 and returned to London in 2015 and 2018-19 to conduct archival research on 17th- and 18th-century music at the British Library, National Archives in Kew, London Metropolitan Archives, and with local private antiquarians. My PhD research is supervised by Anna Scott and Richard Barrett.