“Domene has his own voice that is both in your face and laden with subtleties.” – Mike Borella (Avant Music News)
“Domene continues his virtuosic exploration of the guitar as a tool to conjure soundscapes, induce pure thought via music, and invoke sonic mayhem.” – Ed Keller (Creative Director Venice Biennale)
Álvaro Domene is a Madrid-born, New York based guitarist, composer, sound designer, and educator operating at the convergence of various styles of contemporary creative music. His sound and compositions are influenced by the avant-garde jazz and western contemporary classical traditions, as well as metal and electronic music. He has performed and taught internationally, and recently worked with Joe McPhee, Karl Berger, Elliott Sharp, Vinny Golia, Henry Kaiser, Briggan Krauss, Michaël Attias, Álvaro Pérez, Jim Black, Ben Goldberg, Michael Bisio, Sam Newsome, Colin Marston, Mike Pride, Ches Smith, Scott Amendola, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Mat Maneri, Tim Dahl, Weasel Walter, Patrick Shiroishi, Killick Hinds, and Billy Martin.
He has released 26 albums as a leader and/or co-leader and is an active performer in New York’s creative music scene, leading various groups in addition to working with numerous artists.
“Álvaro Domene is an utterly uncompromising, fearless presence on his seven-string instrument contextualized within creative processing and experimental techniques. His work yields outcomes ranging from the tranquil and calm to raging, volcanic intensity.” – Anil Prasad (Innerviews.org)
His work has been positively reviewed by Jazzwise, The Wire, New York City Jazz Record, All About Jazz, RTVE Spain, Guitar Moderne, El Intruso, Pop Matters, Angry Metal Guy, Tomajazz, The Free Jazz Blog and many other specialized media outlets like Avant Music News, on which a recent release, “Synaptic Self” by the trio dMu, was included in the list of “Best Albums of 2016”. Álvaro’s latest and first solo record, “The Compass”, was a “Recommended New Release” on The New York City Jazz Record, and Avant Music News featured it on their “Best Albums of 2018” list.
“Domene sounds like a frightful demolition team.” – Paul Acquaro (Free Jazz Blog)
[Photo by Peter Gannushkin / downtownmusic.net]
“Domene’s sound sculptures pose questions of emotion, spirit, intellect, the cosmos- and in the end, these questions of sound invite us to act in some way. The sword hangs upon all our walls and in ringing metal it leads to one destination in unison. A ‘land of song’, puissance, voices raised in glorious clamor. In unison against a falling power.” – Ed Keller (aum.aumstudio.org)
In addition, Álvaro co-runs Iluso Records, an independent record label dedicated to support and disseminate creative new music, also offers audio mastering services, and is the artistic director at the Singularity Music Series in Kingston, New York.