Hugo Morales Murguia & Nemø ensemble

About Hugo Morales Murguia & Nemø ensemble

Hugo Morales Murguia is interested in approaching traditional instruments as cultural artifacts and inventing instrumental implementations of rudimentary objects. Many of his works intend to explore the figure of the instrumentalist as a versatile music performer, a musician that beyond mastering their instrument is capable of transforming any object into a musical instrument. His works develop from physical exploration in which instrumental architecture, acoustics and technique relate to each other, generating musical structure as the piece unfolds.

After concluding his studies at the Center of Research and Musical Studies (CIEM) in Mexico City, he moved to The Netherlands to continue his postgraduate studies with the support of institutions such as the The Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education and the “Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes”. He holds a Master’s degree in Music Composition from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, a Master’s degree in Sonology from the Institute of Sonology, and a Ph.D. from the Centre of Contemporary Music Practice at Brunel University in London. He currently teaches electronic music composition at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.

Nemø ensemble was founded in September 2017 and performs contemporary, experimental music. The collective aims to connect existing repertoire with pieces by young artists that are not afraid of crossing boundaries between different genres and artistic disciplines. The group challenges the conventional concert format by exploring different forms of presentation. This gives rise to immersive performances that overcome the distance between those who listen and those who perform.For Nemø, art means bringing people together in a context outside the rush of everyday life. Each show is conceived as an “intensified context” for the audience to fully engage in the material moment of the now. Therefore, Nemø ensemble not only acts as a performer but also as a curator that frames music. In collaboration with other artists, they search to play with light, space and movement in their overarching performances.

iii’s residency program is also made possible through the support of Creative Industries Fund NL.