The Spine of Music Catalogue


Joaquin Orellana: The Spine of Music Pocket Book

By Aimé Iglesias Lukin and Karen Marta, Editors

This is a fully illustrated pocket book released to accompany the Americas Society exhibition of the same name, curated by Diana Flatto and Sebastián Zubieta.

Born in Guatemala City in 1930, Orellana studied violin and composition at the National Conservatory of Music in Guatemala and was a fellow at the preeminent Centro Latinoamericano de Estudios Musicales (CLAEM) at the Instituto Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires. There, he became particularly interested in electronic music, and after returning to Guatemala in 1968 he decided to invent alternatives in order to recreate the sound-world he imagined after his experiences in Argentina. The exhibition connects the musician’s avant-garde sensibility with that of artists including Carlos Amorales, María Adela Díaz, Akira Ikezoe, and Alberto Rodríguez Collía, each of whom has spent time with the composer and created work related to his practice. Read the full pocketbook.

Learn more about the exhibition Joaquin Orellana: The Spine of Music at Americas Society. 

Table of contents:

  • Foreword by Susan Segal
  • The Mallet as Brush by Diana Flatto
  • Humanophony: Orellana’s útiles sonoros by Sebastián Zubieta 
  • Efluvios y puntos (Outpours and Dots) by Joaquín Orellana
  • Exhibition Checklist
  • Orellana’s Compositions
  • Bibliography

See all Americas Society publications.

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