Arturo Márquez

Danzon No. 2 for Large Orchestra

            Márquez is a Mexican composer, but who spent his youth in a suburb of Los Angeles.  After early musical training on trombone, violin, and piano, he became a student at the Conservatorio Nacional in the early nineteen seventies, and then later studied in Europe with the eminent French composer, Jacques Castérèrede.  He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to the California Institute of the Arts, where he studied with the well-known American composer Morton Subotnick.  Under the influence of the latter composer, earlier on he was active in a compositional style that featured mixed media excursions in dance, theatre, and film.   Computers, tape, electro-acoustic devices, unusual percussion instruments, and actors all contributed to an avant-garde reputation.  But all has not bee