José Miguel Candela was born in Santiago of Chile in 1968. Graduated in music at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Chile in 1994. He has followed several courses on composition and analysis with professor Gustavo Becerra-Schmidt, whom he considers his mentor. He has taught in several chilean educational institutions ( University of Chile, University Vicente Perez Rosales, Escuela SCD, etc.) He has composed works for films, theatre and specially for contemporary dances (Chilean National Ballet, Dance Company La Vitrina, etc.) He has also composed non functional works with special emphasis in the electroacoustic music field. In 2000 he was awarded a scholarship by Andes Foundation to compose his project " four symphonic mouvements of  indigenistic nature". One of them, "Machaq Mara" (dedicated to the aymara culture) was played by the Symphonic Orchestra of Chile.  On 2003, he was awarded a scholarship by the UNESCO-ASCHBERG institution to spent two months at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, USA. There he composes his “Saxophone quartet – dedicated to Lola Kepjia, last selk’nam shaman”. His music has been played in Chile and in several countries of America and Europe. He has worked for 13 years at the experimental rock group “Cangrejo” ( , band that he founded in 1992. For four years, he was coordinator of the Electroacoustic Community  of Chile ( , organization that he founded on 2002. He has founded and for 6 years organized the International Electroacoustic Music Festival of Santiago de Chile, "Ai-maako". He is now composition teacher of the ARCIS University’s School of Music  ( ).




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