Agustín Castilla-Ávila (1974, Spain) studied guitar at Conservatorio Superior de Sevilla. He continued further studies at the London College of Music with guitarist C. Bonell, Guildhall School of Music with the guitar player R. Brightmore and the composer M. King, Mozarteum with Isabel Siewers, and Arizona State University with F. Koonce. He attended Composition studies at Mozarteum under A. Hölszky and R. Febel, Luxemburg Consevatoire with A. Müllenbach, and master classes from D. Russell, M. Barrueco, R. Dyens (guitar), S. Sciarrino, D. Schnebel, C. Halffter (composition). He taught at Conservatorio Profesional de Ceuta, Conservatorio Elemental de Lucena, both in Spain and at the Arizona State University. He had concerts in Europe, Asia and the USA. His music has been conducted by D. Russell-Davies, T. Ceccherini, J. Kalitzke, H. Lintu, A. Soriano, H. Schellenberger, etc. He has written solo, chamber music, orchestral, theatre plays, choreographies and two chamber operas. He publishes for Doblinger Verlag.
A very high degree of originality, he is always in search of new horizons (Alexander Müllenbach).
Caged music II & III
The pieces belong to the series Caged Music, composed for one to four prepared guitars. The aim of the compositions is to bring out the intimate and percussive character of the instrument. As Caged music 2 is almost thought as an encore (only rhythmical patterns are developed), in Caged music 3 the music is constructed after a theme on Francisco Tarrega´s Recuerdos de la Alhambra which is “caged” all throughout the piece.