ABOUT

Luis Tabuenca Rueda

Percussionist and composer Luis Tabuenca was born in Zaragoza, Spain. He focuses on contemporary and experimental music.  Tabuenca is also active in the international improvising music scene.

Luis Tabuenca has studied in Europe and in the USA with Steven Schick, Miquel Bernat, and George Elie Octors. He has taken classes with soloists of music groups such as the Ensemble Intercontemporain and the Ensemble Recherche.

As an international solo percussionist, he has toured in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, performing in festivals like the Münstersommer Summer Festival (Freiburg, Germany), the Monday Evening Concerts (Los Angeles, USA), the Newbury Spring Festival (Newbury, England), the International Performance Festival of Bogotá (Colombia), and the Transplanted Roots Percussion Symposium (Montreal, Canada).

Luis Tabuenca’s compositions explore the borderlines between improvised and composed music. He has composed for solo instruments, chamber music, contemporary dance, and film documentaries. He has collaborated with dancers, composers, and visual artists.

As an educator, Tabuenca is regularly invited to give lectures and workshops at universities and cultural institutions around the world. In 2014, he was Artist in Residence at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, New York University, NY. 

Luis has recorded for Aural Terrains, Mode Records, Verso and Naucleshg. He has been honored in several percussion competitions and he has received awards by the Government of Aragon, the Ministry of Culture of Spain, and the Fulbright Commission. Luis Tabuenca is founder and Artistic Director of the International Experimental Music Festival (FAT).