Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019


Some people talked about

Pedro Duque

Astronaut of European Space Agency (upon Ángel’s project Chasmata – XX Anniversary Guggenheim Bilbao)

“Science is creativity, to keep a restless curiosity. Creativity is found in the formulation of hypotheses that emerge from our mind, later verified or not. Artistic creativity has an expression completely different and it does not end up in a verification: this is the point in which we precisely are now.”

Begoña Martínez Goyenaga

Deputy Director, Communication and Marketing Department Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

“Chasmata has been one of the key projects of the XX Anniversary Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. it is a pioneer project. Never a collaboration between a museum and a space agency had occurred before, joining each other closely so as to merge arts and science.”

Alberto Posadas


“It is really pleasant to observe people that has built themselves authentically. From the Romanesco broccoli to present has been much in the middle, and that was Ángel Arranz. Bravo!”

Raphaël Simon


“It is really interesting, in the piece by Ángel Arranz (Qumran B), those pasages in which electronics try to imitate the acoustical instruments and, at the same time, the acoustical instruments try to imitate the electronics. So, we have a link, an imbrication between them two (…) There is an interesting challenge in some way.”

Daniel Martín Sáez

Director of Sinfonía Virtual (critics on CD Sound of the Clarinet by JM Santandreu, #28, Jan. 2015)

“Listener could not recall, while listening, the consonance/dissonance parameter, since it would not lead the sense of the piece, but rather spatial-temporal coordinates (perhaps purely poetic), harder to be defined by the writing in a quantitative or mathematical way. It is what concerns to the textural interplay, to the diverse suggestive atmospheres, the appearance of more or less dense passages (…), its modern technical possibilities and its materials, such as polyphonic sounds, glissandi, a diversity on attacks (…), key noises, and even, air sound passing through the clarinet’s wood.”

Sixto Ferrero

Music Journalist at La Veu – El País

“The Castilian composer Ángel Arranz proposes in the clarinet solo version of DK <sin>, a really high compositional complexity. The piece results on one hand in a rhythmic play, and on the other hand textures, which makes its listening appealing (…) Among the pieces for clarinet solo, this is the most extreme, as well as one of the most interesting within this CD.”

Babis Giannakopoulos

Composer | visual artist

“Derived from the communal idea from Ángel’s works, it comes to my mind one of the paradoxes by Zenon of Elea. If we let a wheat sack fall down against the ground, that produces a sound. However, if only one of this same wheat grains does it alone, the sound produced by this is imperceptible. One is nothing; by multiplying this, you will have perception. You could say that sound has very different spaces for being, therefore sound is completely an illusion.”

Hikari Kiyama


“Religious music”

Gustavo Carrancio

Biologist and philosopher | Wikimedia Spain

“Ángel compels the definition of music in the direction of other disciplines. There are so few people who really has that unusual sensibility to bring together in the music almost all sources of aesthetic pleasure existing in our somatosensory cortex.”

Aitor Álvarez

Journalist of Diario Vasco, about Qumran at Quincena Musical de San Sebastián [ES], 2012

“The most impressive piece -Arranz’- revolves around the relationship between music, architecture and visual creation. It takes the building Bodegas Qumrán as an abstract model. It was out of this planet, using electroacoustic, bass sax and video projections.”

Kees Tazelaar

Composer | Head of Institute of Sonology

“You do not need to be a geologist to understand the quality of the volcano, you can just spontaneously be impressed with something. I think this kind of music has that quality too.”

Casper Schipper


“Everything is curved.”

Juan Pablo Arias

Composer | sound artist | pianist | filmmaker

“I am glad to confirm that, in the field of trans-individual, multimodal, collaborative artistic creation, life exists beyond artistic-sonic dilettantism, socialogist trifles and another postmodern-like tangles.”

Jesús de la Villa

Professor at UAM | Director of the Sacred Arts Museum Peñafiel

“Y nuestro patrimonio musical, del que nuestro amigo Ángel es patrimonio vivo”.