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CrossingLines · biography

CrossingLines, was formed by some of the most notable young musicians in Spain today. Under the artistic direction of composer Luis Codera Puzo, it has established itself as one of the most important new music exponents in Catalonia, through commissioning, premiering, promoting and recording a new generation of artists’ works. Its particular instrumental formation, its current musical vision, and its exhaustive preparation of each programme, places the group amongst the most innovative Spanish cultural contributors.

Since its formation, CrossingLines has experienced exponential growth and artistic recognition, as well as audience appreciation thanks to the care invested in their musical performances and attention to detail in every aspect of artistic activity.

The ensemble dedicates a huge part of its resources to enriching the cultural network of new music creation, convinced that their activity should not be limited to just playing concerts. In its involvement in spreading new music, CrossingLines incorporates unusual educational proposals into its projects. They introduce contemporary music to the audience by various methods, such as analysis and explanation of their repertoire, master classes in schools, educational activities for diverse audiences and the production of its own media campaign.

In 2011 CrossingLines received the INJUVE award at classical music modality, and carried out a tour in several Spanish cities. The following year they programmed their own contemporary music season as resident group at L’Ateneu Bacelonès, receiving top critiques in the specialised press. During the 2013-14 season, CrossingLines played several concerts at Tàpies foundation contemporary music series, organized by Neu Arts. The same year, it presented a monographic concert on Japan at L’Auditori de Barcelona, and carried out a comprehensive project on the new generation of Spanish composers at L’Ateneu Barcelonès. During the 2014-2015 season, the group’s presence in Barcelona, and its international impact, rose considerably. Their regular programming in the city saw record audience attendance for contemporary music events in concert halls like L’Auditori de Barcelona (where the group opened the new season of the Sampler Series) or the Arts Santa Mònica space. In addition, CrossingLines participated in a concert programmed by the Colegio de España de París and by INAEM in the French capital, at MIXTUR Festival, and also at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

For the 2015-2016 season, CrossingLines will further increase its national and international presence. They will present another concert at L’Auditori de Barcelona with pieces by promising, young, international composers. The will perform several concerts and activities at the Arts Santa Mònica, Centre d’Art Tecla Sala or Centre d’art la Panera as a part of the out.side music festival. They will also give a concert in Mallorca organized by Placa[base association, and will take part in an ambitious programme at the main Swedish contemporary music festival –The Sound of Stockholm. Finally they will present two concerts in Paris and Aarhus (Denmark). For the following seasons, the group will play numerous concerts and projects around Europe and Australia, highlighting a project in collaboration with the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart.

The group has participated in the recording of a portrait CD of Luis Codera Puzo for the Austrian label Col legno, appearing alongside prestigious groups such as the Ensemble Modern and The Ensemble recherche, in addition to several recordings produced by INJUVE.

This season, the group will record a monographic CD of the American composer Morton Feldman, with the label Neu Records. CrossingLines will continue as the resident group of ESMUC, an institution with whom it does several collaborative projects, including educational activities for its students. During the 2014-2015 period, CrossingLines, for the second time, received the support of the prestigious Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung foundation, one of the most important European institutions for XXI century music promotion.