Photo by: Alisha Weng

Adrian Avendaño (1993) is an emerging sound artist, musician and recordist based in Surrey / Vancouver, Canada [unceded First Nation territories].

He has learned from respected musicians and composers in the local and international creative music community such as Manongo Mujica (Peru), Alan Courtis (Argentina), Juan Sorrentino (Argentina), Peter Cusack(England),Ben Brown (Canada), Sammy Chien (Taiwan/Canada), Eva Mendoza (USA), Omar Vargas (Peru), Élder Olave (Peru). He was a student at the Vancouver Community College School of Music studying with Giorgio Magnanensi (Italy/Canada), John Korsurd (Canada), Bernie Arai (Canada) among many others.

In February 2020, he studied experimental electronic music composition and Peruvian music history at Tangible, directed and taught by Dr. Efrain Rozas and Edith Ramos. In addition, he been selected to study programming for live-visuals reactive and with to sound with Christian Oyarzún Roa (Chile) and P5.JS with Ivan Abreu (Cuba/Mexico) through Pumpumyachkan – Audiovisual y Sonido desde la Experimentación in Ayacucho, Peru.

He was a participant of Tsnonami Arte Sonoro’s (Chile) 10 year anniversary artist in residence program, VIVO Media Arts’ Still Creek Salmon Sounds youth mentorship, and Memorias Sonoras del Cusco II where he contributed recordings to Cusco,Peru’s first sound archive. His soundscape composition work with Chilean artist Bastian Diaz-Jerez in Port Parallels – 10,525km between sounds has been presented in Latin American sound art festivals; Sur Aural (Bolivia), Presentes Sonoros (Columbia) and Pumpumyachkan – Audiovisual y Sonido desde la Experimentación (Peru). This and other works were commissioned by the Media Arts Committee (Vancouver, Canada).

Recent projects include Parallel 03 with experimental music duo ENDLINGS (Raven Chacon and John Dietriech of Deerhoof) alongside musicians of the Vancouver creative music community. He was the recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts: Digital Originals funding initiative working with Chilean sound artists Tebo Henriquez and Bastian Diaz. Port Parallels – Acoustic Meridians was remote collaboration exploring open-source hardware and software to develop methods of interpreting graphic and animated scores. He was a performer and composer for John Brennan’s Rudiments for Hexadrome performance and installation project for the 2021 Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

He currently plays with Gamelan Bike Bike and will be studying traditional Korean drumming with Dr. Peter Joon Park.