Yamila Ríos

Composer :: Performer :: Sound Artist

© Yamila Ríos 2010-2014

Female Effects

Female Effects is a project consisting of new pieces for acoustic instruments and electronics, composed by  female composers and curated by Blanca Alvarez and  the harpist/performer  Angélica  Vázquez.
The composers are called to explore and observe the possibilities of   different acoustic instruments (voice, violoncello, harp, flute or percussion), in order to develop applications  for live-electronic music, using extended techniques, as an expansion of the instruments.  The goal of these compositions is to explore new and creative ways of using acoustic instruments in contemporary music.

The pieces are based on an exchange of ideas between the performer and the composer that result in a collaborative and creative process between them. The sound  produced by the performer, is often controlled and modified electronically  by the composer in real time.  Therefore, the performances are characterized by a constant interaction between composer-performer and their roles are blurred. The composer is called to perform, and the performer is equally contributing in the compositional process.



To achieve that, different strategies have been used including improvisation and music composition techniques.   Traditionally opposed sounds, such as acoustic-electric and digital-analog, are blended together and formulate a continuity.  The acoustic sounds are captured by microphones and processed in different ways, in order to change their physical dimensions. Dynamics, pitch, timbre, duration and any possible sound element play a significant role in the final composition and develop a strong impact between the instrument and the computer generated sounds.


"NAM" is an electro acoustic ensemble based on the collaboration between four women from different artistic backgrounds: performers, improvisers, composers, and multimedia artists, NAM is Mei Yi Lee (percussion), Angélica Vázquez (harp), Yamila Ríos (electronics) and Yolanda Uriz (flute).

The ensemble is an experimental project where live music and visual art come together through improvisation and composition, using flexible structures adapted to movement, texture and color. Both disciplines are connected in an amalgam of sounds and colors that range from experimental to avant-garde to contemporary pieces with the intention of creating multimedia performances.

At the moment NAM develops a unique language exploring space and time through sound, light and psychoacoustic experiments. This elements are combined to develop NAM'S own artistic vision in a unique and creative way where their instruments, images and their own bodies will be transformed in organic, immersive, synesthetic experiences for the audience.






Gamila formed in 2006. Its members started by creating improvised music, which developed through the years into much more precise and composed pieces. Gamila is Michiel Claus (drums, laptop), Steindor Kristinsson (laptop, vocals), Ofer Smilansky (laptop, bass, vocals), Yamila Rios Manzanares (cello, laptop, vocals), Ofir Klemperer (Vocals, piano, laptop), Angelica Vazquez (harp). Mainly playing all the five together, the musicians of the band also work in different combinations of smaller groups, and create various artistic pieces and projects involving music, video and performance. Gamila’s unique sounds, harmony and melodies are based on the attention given to the pulse of breath and on the constant interaction between the musicians. In 2010 Gamila completed the album "Sentence for a Title"



Ballade for lost waters

For a solo percussionist, electronics, and double-shadows.
This piece was collaboration between the Japanese composer Tomoko Momiyama , the visual artist Melisa Cruz and Yamila Ríos done in 2008.

People have been fighting to co-exist with water in the Netherlands for as long as they have lived on the land. By the 13 century, a water management organization existed in Defland to maintain sluices, or water channels, which were necessary for keeping the waters from river and sea at a safe distance from each other. After over 700 years of building dikes and canals in order to keep this land dry, what has happened to the water?



In search of water that is alive, we traveled through the city of The Hague with recorders and hydrophones. “Ballade for Lost Waters” is a song for the waters we met through our journey. This journey was possible with the assistance from Hoogheemraadschap van Delfland.








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