For nearly two decades in the music industry, award-winning Colombian composer and pianist Julián De La Chica has made significant contributions to the alternative electronic scene while exploring the influences of minimalism and post-minimalism. Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, a neighborhood of dichotomies, Julián is considered for his classical music compositions which are known to captivate listeners around the world.
De La Chica rose to fame for his film “Agatha”, a film based exclusively on his piano cycle titled Voyeuristic Images Op. 10. This extraordinary piece by De La Chica explores the surreal dimensions of what is not obvious, of what is uncomfortable, what creates impatience or anxiety. The spectator sees the story through the window, as he did. It is Julian’s intention in this masterpiece, his magnum opus, to allow listeners / viewers to relive someone’s life by simply watching, a narrative that reveals what they see but don’t know. not.
Voyeurist images op. 10 was released on July 24, 2020, under Irreverence Group Music and soon to be adapted into a feature film titled – Agatha. The album consists of 11 songs with terribly appealing titles such as I have a date, My name is Agatha and The Abyss. This phenomenal album aims to capture discussions of reality that are inherently known but cannot be described in any language from afar. Rather, it is a representation of the images that stoke the depthless hearts of viewers and the expressions thus generated about its implications. Agatha comes from a time when looking directly and physically at someone’s life, without tracking location, data mining officers feel absolutely special.
Agatha, an immigrant displacement story to New York, was selected in October 2020 in the 37th edition of the prestigious Bogota Film Festival, “Bogocine”, which had directors such as Pedro Almodovar and Bong Joon-ho as previous nominees. For De la Chica, this was a big surprise as it is an experimental film inspired by his own experience of moving to New York. Rather, it is a representation of loneliness and the displacement of people. Agatha won a “Special Mention” in the “Best International Short Film” category at the awards ceremony. A year later, Agatha was selected in more than 30 festivals around the world, and won more than 17 awards! This amount of success clearly represents Julian’s authenticity and mastery.
Going back to Julain’s roots, in his hometown of Manizales at the age of 5, De La Chica began his musical career in the classical tradition. He immersed himself fully in the world of classical music while growing up, developing a deep affinity for Baroque composers and symphonic sound. He moved to Europe soon after graduating from high school. Interested in spirituality and philosophy, he decided to study humanities in Salamanca (Spain), and also briefly studied philosophy and metaphysics in Madrid. He took several self-guided courses in Bad Münstereifel (Germany), reading classical literature, composition and the study of dead languages. It was in this course of his life, inspired by his reading of Garrigou-Lagrange and Teresa de Avila, that Julian wrote plays and essays on music, philosophy and spirituality. Finding himself dissatisfied with the conservative musical minds of music schools, he decided not to pursue his studies formally at a conservatory.
Fast forward in his life as a highly acclaimed pianist and composer, Julian reached this point by exploring different aspects of music in his own way, inspired by the places he has traveled and the people he has met. His music has been selected and performed by various personalities in international music. What separates him from other composers of this era is that his music is deeply linked to imagery. All of his compositions are linked to images and what they represent and how he perceives them. The “present situation” plays an essential role, if we dare say it, even acts as muses for Julien.
In 2016, De la Chica made her Carnegie Hall debut. He created part of his piano cycle op. 8, and Scorchio Quartet created their first string quartet. Dominican tenor Jose Heredia created his song cycle: Four Short stories at the Standard Hotel, Op. 6. Some of his past contributions before Agatha are Rachel Hippert’s debut studio album in 2017, Cycle Op. 9, “Experimentelle und unbestimmte Lieder “, 2018 piano cycle by pianist Lisa Moore, Préludes op. 8, 2018 film Honor up directed by Damon Dash and produced by Kanye West, 2021, debut studio album by Russian Mezzo Yana Mann, cycle Op. 12, Poems by Bar, to name a few. Also in January 2020, De La Chica collaborated with WQXR host and New York Times contributor Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim on her series, Morning Meditations: Beginner’s Ear.
In July 2021, Irreverence Group Music announced the performance of Russian mezzo soprano Yana Mann, accompanied by pianist Julian De La Chica, at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on February 10, 2022. The concert will be the world premiere of “Los Poemas” de Bar, Op. 12 “composed by De La Chica. Anyone can visit juliandelachica.com, Julián De La Chica’s official website for more information.
De la chica is currently working on her second film, Dora, an exploration of loneliness and madness, based on the days of the New York pandemic. He also continues his opera, “El Castigo de Dios”, based on his book “El Castigo de Dios”.