Camilo Giraldo Angel is a versatile musician, composer and producer graduated from the ISA (Instituto Superior de Artes, Habana Cuba), currently working in his own studio based in Bogota, Colombia.
After finishing his Studies in Cuba, (with masters like Leo Brouwer, Jesus Ortega and Tulio Peramo), he returned to Colombia and worked as an academic, teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses in several universities such as Universidad de los Andes and Universidad Nacional. He also started working in different projects as musical director, composer and sound designer; establishing musical groups like Mandrágora 2002 – 2007 (acoustic Latin fusion group), TripTripTrip (guitar trio) 2007 – active, and retroVISOR, (electronic music with live video performance) 2004 - active. retroViSOR has played several venues, with tours in it’s native Colombia, Mexico, Argentina, Netherlands, Portugal, Norway, Switzerland, France, Germany and China (Universal exhibition, Expo Shanghai 2010); this project also focuses on large-scale public events using techniques as video-mapping and interaction. Among their principal events are: "Zaitania" mapping of the “Lourdes” church in Bogotá (Electropolis Festival 2011), Vicachá video mapping of the Church “Las Aguas”, in Bogotá 2012, (this project received a grant -Art and Nature for Life - from the District’s institute for the Arts, IDARTES-) and recently they directed and staged the event "Memory Station " the opening event for the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the city of Pereira, Colombia, for this event they developed a video mapping, with live performances of musicians, actors and dancers.
As a composer he has received numerous awards and commissions, the most outstanding awards include: First place in the National Composition prize "City of Bogotá 2005" (free format chamber music), from the IDCT - District’s institute for the Arts; National Prize for Musical Composition & Literature 2010, from the Colombian Ministry of culture; Grant for Contemporary Music Composition 2014; Two Artistic residencies awarded by the Colombian Ministry of Culture and Mexico’s FONCA; and commissions for original compositions such as the “Bicentennial anniversary Colombian Independence” event held at Bogotá’s “Plaza de Bolivar” and the Inauguration of IDARTES (District’s institute for the Arts).
He also works regularly as a composer and sound designer for contemporary dance companies, among them L'explose, (Colombia’s most renowned dance ensemble), he has accompanied them to several international tours (Spain and Brazil).
He has recorded twelve CD’s and two DVD’s, two off them: "Ensueños y Raíces" with Mandrágora and “Amazonas SOS” with retroVISOR, were nominated by "Semana" magazine as the best albums of Fusion and Electronics in their respective years of production.
Alongside working as a producer in his recording studio, he has developed both musical and audiovisual projects in various formats; (DVD -surround-, installations, multimedia, web, videogames, video mapping, etc.), for clients such as Housing Works - New York, Colciencias, Maloka, Iberoamericano Theater Festival; he also works as a composer and sound designer for a television series called Josefina in the kitchen, (Señal Colombia channel).
He’s currently also working with “La Quinta del Lobo” (Wolf’s Fifth), an interdisciplinary group integrated by artists with experience in the field of electronic arts, music and dance. They began their collaboration in 2010, in 2012 they premiered “Vanitas Libellum”, their 1st play and they’re now staging “The Mangrove Tales” a play that explores the traditional music and aesthetics of the Colombian Pacific coast though a contemporary ensemble with electronic music an d multimedia, the project was featured at the ISPA Congress for a Pitch New Work Session.
La Quinta del Lobo received in 2015 a Grant form the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America program, for a 2015 – 2016 touring season in the US.