My compositional work has been developed mainly in York since 2010. For my Master final recital I premiered five compositions for small jazz ensemble that were premiered at the Rymer Auditorium in September 2011. These set of compositions have been performed then in York jazz venues such as The Phoenix, The Basement and Kennedy's.
My doctoral portfolio included a compositional element as a musical response of the field research. These compositions were created for differents instrumentations: Saxophone and electronics, jazz octet, Jazz orchestra (Big Band), strings quartet and small ensemble.
The saxophone and electronics compositions were developed in collaboration with Dr. Radek Rudnicki in Kirki Project. More information about this group can be found it in: http://ricalvarez76.wix.com/kirki-project
The jazz octet piece was selected to be performed by Julian Arguelles Octet in a composition workshop organized by the Music Department of the University of York in May 2013.
Tha jazz orchestra piece was performed by the University of York Jazz Orchestra at the National Centre for Early Music in July 2013. The piece is a suite in four movements recreating the music of the Feast of La Tirana.
The strings piece 'Dawn' was composed for a workshop of Quatuor Diotima and was performed by them at the University of York in 2015. In 2016 this piece was selected to be premiered by Latin Strings in Berlin, Germany.
My piece The Eternal was premiered in the York Collective Composers concert at Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall in 2014.
The Assembled (contemporary music ensemble) premiered my piece Hocketing at the York Spring Music Festival in 2015.
My last composition for my doctoral portfolio was Suite for Jazz Quintet that was premiered in April 2015 by my own jazz group. Currently I'm presenting this composition with my jazz quartet.
In November 2016 I recorded my first CD 'Huay Not?' with my jazz quartet. The album included 12 jazz compositions that I composed during my postgraduate studies in the UK.
You can listen some of these compositons in my soundcloud site: https://soundcloud.com/ricardo-alvarez-b
Premiere of Suite La Tirana by Ricardo Alvarez.
National Centre of Early Music, York.
Quatuor Diotima performing my piece Dawn
Julian Arguelles Octet performing my composition Red Rooster
Rymer Auditorium, York
The Assembled performing my piece Hocketing
St-Martin-Cum Gregory church, York
York Spring Music Festival
Performance of my piece The Eternal
Sir Jack Concert Hall, York
York Collective Composers Spring Concert
Performance of my composition Suite for jazz quintet
The Basement, York