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JAVIER DIEZ ENA
Double bass player , thereminist and electronic musician. Most of his musical activity (out of his theremin work) is bound to avant-jazz band Dead Capo, playing numerous concerts and festivals all over the world.
Last years he was pretty busy with L’Exotighost, modern Exotica band (album “La ola oculta” 2019 Everlasting Records, distribute by Hi-Tide Recordings for USA) in which Javier is the main composer developing several melodic roles with the theremin.
Also member of other well known spanish underground bands like Ginferno and Forastero and part of the bands of Ainara LeGardon and australian songwriter Aaron Thomas, he colaborated with dozens of spanish artists and bands, playing live (close to 1000 concerts) or recording albums (more than 40 records), he worked also as session musician for theatre and film soundtracks.
He used theremin on theater plays like “Dracula” (Ignacio García May CDN- 2009) or “Suspenso Hitchcock” (Víctor Coyote-Fundación Telefónica -2016) on film soundtracks like “Pixel Theory” (Pepe Macías and Co. – 2013) and “Harakiri” (Alejandro Castro 2020)
In 2017 he released “Theremonial, Dark & Exotic Theremin Music.” (Alehop / Beat Generation) a record with 10 original compositions using only theremin sounds, the theremin assumes all the music roles usually related to a band. In his live presentations he plays strickly live loops (no playback or pre-recording stuff is used) with one or two theremins. The second part Theremonial 2.
More Dark, Exotic & Danceable Theremin music” was released at the end of 2019. This albums got very good reviews in spanish media, it was presented live in festivals and venues from Brasil, México, El Salvador, Netherlands, Poland, Libano, Egypt, Jordania, Portugal… and of course all over Spain.
His new theremin project is Therematic, a new concept, the theremin signal is multiplied once be connected to a multitrack sequencer DAW (Ableton). So a simple theremin melody develops ambiences, bass lines, rhythms and whatever you can imagine, like an automatic chain. “Therematic” is his third 100 % theremin album, will released at the beginning of 2021 by Primavera Labels / El Segell.
Ten original tunes with a wide range of influences, from Cosmic Exotica-Space Age Pop to IDM, House-Techno, Industrial- EBM, Kraut-motorik music. First single “Madriliandroid” will be realeased on digital and streming on 13th november.
He runned several workshops about theremin: Centro Cultural de España en México- CDMX 2018, Casa Tomada de San Salvador (El Salvador), Instituto Cervantes de Utrecht (Netherlands), Centro de las Artes de Sevilla 2017, Encontres Musicales – Menador Espai Cultural (Castellón), Fundación Telefónica 2016, Red Bull Music Academy Madrid 2011, Encuentros Klabbing Pamplona 2008, Media Lab Madrid 2007. Maybe the most popular was his TED conference (TEDxMadrid 2013).
As journalist he is part of the staff of Carne Cruda, a popular radio show (Ondas Prize winner in 2012) broadcasted through Radio 3, Cadena SER and now through Diario.es He also colaborated with lot of musical magazines (Rockdelux, Vanidad, Rollingstone etc..)