· Where? Arts Santa Mònica
· When? From October 13th to December 12th. 2010
This exhibition devoted to the work of Josep M. Mestres Quadreny invites us to get to know and appreciate in greater depth one of the foremost contemporary composers, a leading member of the Catalan avant-garde whose achievements include artistic collaborations with other creative talents such as the poet Joan Brossa and the artists Joan Miró, Antoni Tàpies, Moisès Villèlia and Perejaume.
Josep M. Mestres Quadreny (Manresa, 1929) studied science at the University of Barcelona and music with Christòfor Taltabull. He was one of the founders of Música Oberta (1960), the Conjunt Català de Música Contemporània (1969), the Laboratori de Música Electroacústica Phonos (1973) and the Grup Instrumental Català (1976), and is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Fundació Joan Miró and the Boards of the Consortium of the Auditori and the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona-OBC and Chairperson of the Fundació Phonos. His creative range is vast: from works performed by the audience (Self-service) and computer-generated compositions (Ibèmia) to chamber pieces, symphonies (Simfonia en mi bemoll) and so on. With Joan Brossa he wrote musical theatre (Suite Bufa, L’armari en el mar) and the opera Cap de mirar. In 2000 he was awarded the Generalitat de Catalunya’s National Prize for Music. He is the author of a number of books and essays on music, including Pensar i fer música (2000).