Ernesto Diaz-Infante composer/guitarist
Born in Salinas, California, Ernesto Diaz-Infante is Chicano (of Mexican descent).
He received his MFA
in Music Composition from California Institute of the Arts and
has created musical compositions that span a broad perspective:
transcendental piano, noise, avant-garde guitar, field recordings, lo-fi four-track manipulations, and experimental song.
ED-I has performed throughout Europe and the United States, and his music has been broadcasted internationally.
He has recorded more than 15 CDs of music and collaborated with numerous musicans. In 2000, his composition, I/O (for chamber ensemble), was performed by the California EAR Unit.
He has been awarded residencies at the Centre International de Recherche Musicale (CIRM) in Nice, France,
The Millay Colony for the Arts, Villa Montalvo,
The Ucross Foundation, among others. He runs Pax Recordings
record label which is dedicated to the documentation, preservation, and contagion of music from the margins of our culture and psyches.
He lives in San Francisco with the filmmaker/video artist Marjorie Sturm and their son.
"He makes a dangerous playmate."
-- The WIRE
VOICES IN THE WILDERNESS: Dissenting Soundscapes and Songs of G.W.'s America
STOP THE WAR! Created out of the anxiety & disillusionment of Bush's reelection on November 3, 2004. This CD of 26 artists transcends music genres & ideologies with the common purpose of dissent towards the Bush regime. END THE WAR IN IRAQ! "Perfect reminder that we must not forget this madness" Tom Sekowski, Gaz-Eta
REVERBERATIONS FROM SPRING PAST: Diaz-Infante/Fernandes/Montoya/Romus
Recorded live & in studio during the Spring Reverb 2004 Festival in San Diego, California. brings together four West Coast veterans who combine their distinctive voices. "Reverberations" is wild, raw, energetic and headstrong." --tokafi
THE ABSTRACTIONS: Novo Navigatio
2004 CD release of West Coast subtle, psychedelia-improv to experimental songs. sinking commentary on the disillusioned atmosphere of George W. Bush's America. "Sounds like Leonard Cohen deconstructed to some really nice abstract noise." --Vital Weekly
ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE & CHRIS FORSYTH: (as is stated...before known)
From their 2004 CD release, a kaleidoscopic range of post-Bailey approaches, quiet Fahey-esque folk-influenced fingerpicking. "I highly recommend this disc for a taste of some other aspects of what guitars can do." Steve Koenig, Jump Arts Journal.
ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE: s/t
2003 solo release & most diverse yet. Conceptual. Minimalist. Field recordings, solo guitar pieces, noise improvs, sound collages and vocals/guitar songs. "A fascinating album, uncompromising to the bone." --Francois Couture, All Music Guide
GRAND MAL: Bruckmann/Diaz-Infante/Shiurba/Stackpole
Combines the discipline of a classical foundation, weaving together American free jazz & European free improvisation. "Grand Mal is solid and uncompromising proof that the Bay Area improv scene has really taken off." Dan Warburton, Paris Transatlantic Magazine
RUDIS/CUSTODIO/DIAZ-INFANTE: Crashing The Russian Renaissance
From three of SF's leading experimental/new music purveyors, in some seriously adventurous compositions for electronics & guitar. Continued musical evolutions, the music constantly evolves from thin soundscapes to heavy improvisational dialogues. "This recording is radical and often extreme" Steven Loewy, All Music Guide
ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE: Ucross Journal
Ucross Journal is San Francisco composer Ernesto Diaz-Infante's 1999 solo piano release. Comprised of 25 Feldmanesque short pieces. Composed during his residency at the Ucross Foundation in Ucross, Wyoming. "Among Diaz-Infante's prolific oeuvre, this is one of the "should haves" --Noah Wane, Splendid E-zine.
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