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Alan Courtis

Argentine/Czech composer Alan Courtis was born in 1972 in Buenos Aires, where he currently lives. His grandfather was Czech and settled in Argentina in 1927, allowing his family to have dual citizenship. Courtis studied classical guitar, piano theory and composition. His scores have been played by ensembles from Switzerland, England, USA and Argentina.

During the early 90's he was founder member of the band Reynols. Later on he started solo works and collaborations with multiple projects, which are released in more than 200 records from worldwide labels like: P.S.F., Pogus, Porter, MIE, 8mm, Sedimental, Feeding Tube, Blackest Rainbow, Tonschacht, Prele, Quasipop, Antifrost, Riot Season, Blossoming Noise, No-Fi, RRR, Kning Disk, Ikuisuus, Beta-Lactam, Public Eyesore, Herbal, Purifiva, 267Lattajjaa, Smittekilde, Slottet, Alt.Vinyl, Monotype, Xerxes,Mikroton, etc.

He has toured extensively in Japan, Europe, USA, Australia, New Zealand & Latin America and has collaborated with musicians like: Pauline Oliveros, Phill Niblock, Jim O'Rourke, Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Otomo Yoshihide, Eddie Prevost (AMM), Okkyung Lee, RLW, L.A.F.M.S., C.Spencer Yeh, Makoto Kawabata, Daniel Menche, Rick Bishop, Yoshimi (Boredoms), Toshimaru Nakamura, Thomas Dimuzio, Seiichi Yamamoto, Tetuzi Akiyama, Lasse Marhaug, Rapoon (Zoviet France), Uton, Birchville Cat Motel, Kaffe Mathews, Jaap Blonk, Jazkamer, Gert-Jan Prins, Avarus, L'autopsie a révélé que la mort était due à l'autopsie, Kemialliset Ystavat, etc.

His music has been broadcast by radios like: BBC (UK), WFMU (USA), SBS (Australia), Resonance-FM (UK), CJSF (Canada), WDR (Germany), Sveriges Radio (Sweden), Radio France, NRK (Norway), RTVE (Spain), WNUR (USA), Radio Nacional (Argentina), etc. Courtis has composed music for films by directors like Claudio Caldini, Sergio Subero, and Guillermo Ueno & Pablo Mazzolo.

He teaches music in Buenos at Conservatory "Astor Piazzolla", Talleres Fontanarrosa, Fundacion Artistas Discapacitados, Centro de Investigaciones Artisticas and has been also coordinating music workshops in: Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Denmark, Germany, England, Mexico, Peru, Chile, United States, Australia, New Zealand & Japan.

Sendungen im ORF-Kunstradio:03

10. 08. 2014: „Listening Proposals of  Czech Radio’s Radiocustica program"