Christopher Luna-Mega is a composer and improviser. Devoted to nature’s sonic complexity, his music blends focused listening, environmental field recording, performance strategies, orchestration, and interdisciplinary collaboration. With the goal of translating the world’s soundscape into music, his work analyzes environmental sound and data, and idiomatically notates them for instrument performers and electronics.
His orchestral music has been performed by the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Montreal-Toronto Art Orchestra, and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México. His music has been performed by ensembles of the highest caliber, such as Splinter Reeds, the New Thread Quartet, Yarn|Wire, The William Winant Percussion Group, JACK Quartet, and The Arditti String Quartet. His music has been featured in venues and festivals world wide, such as the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Seoul International Computer Music Festival (Gwanju), AngelicA (Bologna), Tectonics (Reykjavik), Tectonics (Glasgow), L’Off (Montreal), Avant X (Toronto), Mills Music Now (Oakland, CA), and the International Forum for New Music “Manuel Enriquez” (Mexico City).
His research on acoustic ecology and environmental sound-based composition has been presented and published in journals and proceedings such as the Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research conference and the Jefferson Journal of Science and Culture.
Luna-Mega has taught Composition, Musicianship, Theory, Orchestration and Electronic Music in the National School of Music in Mexico, Mills College and the University of Virginia.