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Emilio Jose Gonzalez

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Emilio José González


Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Emilio José González (b. 17 February 1994, Federal Way, Wash.) is a composer, percussionist, and educator. His music is influenced by classical and pop genres as much as it is from nature and the (super)natural world. His influences range from Silvestre Revueltas to Frank Ocean; from the forests of the Pacific Northwest to folk legends from around the world.

With his performance background as a percussionist, his music explores how to use instruments in an interesting and idiomatic, yet percussive way. His most recent compositions use atonality and rhythmic complexity to try and create vivid imagery, as his primary goal has always been to tell a story -- especially stories that might not be commonly known.

He has received commissions from the Cleveland Chamber Symphony (La Isla de las Muñecas); Robert Benton, Jason Gilliam, and Joanna Ross Hershey, euphonium (Bean Sí for euphonium and prepared piano); Megan Grady, clarinet, and Dr. Erik Steighner, saxophone (Flutters for Eb clarinet and soprano saxophone); from Dan Kexel and the Cedar Heights Middle School Advanced Band (Someday for concert band); and from Dr. Jeffrey Bell-Hanson and the Pacific Lutheran University Symphony Orchestra (Obsession) for the Student Showcase Concert at Pacific Lutheran.

In 2016, he received a Bachelor of Music in Composition from Pacific Lutheran University. He is currently at Bowling Green State University, where he is a teaching assistant in ethnomusicology and working towards a Master of Music degree in composition. His primary teachers include Mikel Kuehn and Gregory Youtz.

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