My work emerges from a deep interest in the elegant, inherent intelligence that exists in nature. Universal laws of chance, natural behaviors and phenomenon, and structural modes of operation frame my approach to art/music making. This is why I engage creative methods that are holistic, complex, and multidimensional. Thus, my oeuvre crosses the boundaries of a diverse set of fields.
Informed by my life experiences and the technological developments I encounter, my artistic production is hybrid and takes a variety of forms, including interactive musical installations, resonating spaces, sound and light sculptures, and vibrational objects. These pieces, expressed in both space and time, are heard, walked through, and seen.
Especially in the past 10 years, the fields of the sonic and visual have become unified in my work. In that time I have concentrated on experimenting with the properties and behaviors of different types of waves and the resonating phenomenon of physical bodies that emit sound and/or light. Most recently, I’ve created spaces in which there is interplay between the visitor and the resonating elements of the work.
As in the universe, my artworks tend to be self-generating and evolving. Statistics, probabilities, and stochastic procedures are used to set the rules and conditions that define the identity and functioning of different parameters in a work. This allows for an infinite amount of outcomes that can be determined and controlled.
Alba Triana’s artistic practice focuses on exploring the inherent intelligence of nature. Her artworks—which are musically conceived and include interactive installations, resonating spaces, sound and light sculptures, and vibrational objects—are hybrid and cross the boundaries of a diverse set of fields. Artburst Magazine describes her as a “sound sculptor explor[ing] the interface between natural science and music… she combines rigor and poetic finesse.”
Triana has received numerous honors, including the Civitella Foundation Fellowship (worldwide), and was the winner of awards in Colombia, such as IDCT National Composition Contest, National Electroacoustic Music Contest, “Otto de Greiff” National Contest, and French Alliance Best Exhibition of the Year Award. She has received commissions, residences, and grants from Kronos Quartet, American Composers Forum, ArtCenter/South Florida, GMEB (France), and Ministry of Culture (Colombia), among others.
Her work has been shown in many venues around the world, including Biennale Nemo (Paris), ISEA-International Symposium of Electronic Arts (Manizales, Colombia), CMMAS (Mexico), and York University (U.K.). Triana has participated in music festivals such as Futura, Synthèse (France), and Zilele Muzicii Noi (Moldova), to name a few. Her work belongs to private collections in Europe and the U.S., as well as in the High Quality Cultural Portfolio of Colombia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
After earning her Bachelor's degree at Javeriana University in Colombia, achieving Academic Excellence and Merits, Triana was a Fulbright scholar and obtained her master's degree in Composition New Media and Integrated Media at CalArts. She pursued PhD studies at the University of California, San Diego, for Music Composition.
awards, grants and residencies
2019-2020 Co-creation Project, COINCIDENCIA/ProHelvetia Cultural Exchange Program, Switzerland
2018 Research Trip, COINCIDENCIA/ProHelvetia Cultural Exchange Program, Switzerland
2018 Worldwide award, Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, U.S., Italy
2018-2019 Resident Artist, ArtCenter South Florida, FL, U.S.
2011 Honorable mention, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood Fifth Biennial, Hollywood, FL, U.S.
2009 National Creative Grant Award, Ministry of Culture, Colombia
2008 Best Exhibition of the Year Award, French Alliance, Colombia
2008 Juror, National Artistic Residences Awards, Ministry of Culture, Colombia
2007 Homage to her artistic production, Bank of the Republic of Colombia, Colombia
2006 Juror, National Composition Awards, Ministry of Culture, Colombia
2003 Ph.D studies scholarship, University of California, San Diego, CA, U.S.
2001 International Artistic Residencies Award, FONCA Mexico | Ministry of Culture, Colombia
2001 Selected from 126 composers from U.S. and Canada to show her work, College Music Society Annual Meeting, Santa Fe, NM, U.S.
2000 Creative Grant Award, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, U.S.
2000 Graduate studies scholarship, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, U.S.
1999 Graduate studies scholarship, Fulbright Commission, U.S.
1999 Graduate studies scholarship, Mazda Foundation, Colombia
1998 First prize, “Otto de Greiff” National Contest, Colombia
1998 Juror, National Musical Band Contest, Colombia
1998 National Creative Grant Award, Ministry of Culture, Colombia
1997 First prize, National Composition Contest, IDCT, Colombia
1997 Artistic residency award, L’Institut International de Musique Électroacoustique, Bourges, France
1996 Artistic residency award, L’Institut International de Musique Électroacoustique, Bourges, France
1995 First prize, National Electroacoustic Music Contest, Colombia
1993 Honorable mention, National Music Council, Colombia
1993 Honorable mention, Colcultura National Prizes, Colombia
selected commissions | collections
2018 Four-piece intervention, FLORA ars+natura, Bogota, Colombia
2016 Music for Four Resonators, Kronos Quartet, San Francisco, CA, U.S.
2013 Body Music, University of California Institute for the Research in the Arts, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.
2001 American Composers Forum, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.
Private Collections, Colombia
Private Collection, Basel, Switzerland
Mosquera Collection, Miami, FL, U.S.
High Quality Cultural Portfolio, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Colombia
2018 Polifotonía, Museo de Arte Moderno, Medellín, Colombia
2017 Alba Fernanda Triana Arte Sonoro - Teatro Colón 125 Year Anniversary, Teatro Colón, Bogota, Colombia
2017 Music in the Waiting Room, Art@Work | Mosquera Collection, Miami, FL, U.S.
2016 Soy la Voz Abstracta de la Naturaleza, Beta Galería, Bogota, Colombia
2015 Silent and Interactive Music, ArtCenter South Florida | Subtropics XXIII Festival, Miami Beach, FL, U.S.
2013 Sounding Score, Subtropics XXII Festival | Miami Beach Cinematheque, FL, U.S.
2011 Interactive Music: Alba Triana, French Alliance, Bogota, Colombia
2011 Special Guest Exhibition, Sonorama, XII Latin American & Caribbean Feminist Conference, Bogota, Colombia
2009 Sounding Score, Luis Ángel Arango Library, Bogota, Colombia
2008 Work in Progress, French Alliance, Bogota, Colombia
2008 Gamelán Electrónico, Luis Ángel Arango Library, Bogota, Colombia
selected group exhibitions
2018 Voltaje - Art and Technology Salon | Feria del Millón, Bogota, Colombia
2018 RAW Pop Up, The Moore Building, Miami, FL, U.S.
2018 Between a view and a milestone, ArtCenter South Florida, Miami Beach, FL, U.S.
2017 Les Faits du hasard, Biennale Némo - Biennale Internationale des Arts Numériques | 104 Le Centquatre-Paris, Paris, France
2017 Duo Exhibition, Nature into Art | Art into Nature, PAXy, Miami Beach Botanical Garden, Miami Beach, FL, U.S.
2017 Microcosmos, ArtCentre South Florida | Subtropics XXVI Festival, Miami Beach, FL, U.S.
2017 International Symposium on Electronic Art - ISEA, Manizales, Colombia
2016 International Art Fair, ArtBo, Bogota, Colombia
2015 International Art Show, Scope, Miami Beach, FL, U.S.
2015 III Points Festival, Wynwood Warehouse Project, Miami, FL, U.S.
2015 Voltaje - Art and Technology Salon | Feria del Millón, Bogota, Colombia
2015 Art and Technology Salon, V2B, National Library, Bogota, Colombia
2015 Seventh All Media Juried Biennial, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL, U.S.
2013 Sonósferas, Odeón Theatre Foundation, Bogota, Colombia
2011 Sound Art in Colombia, Los Andes University, Bogota, Colombia
2011 Fifth All Media Juried Biennial, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL, U.S.
2010 Vociferous, Diapason Gallery, New York, NY, U.S.
2010 Trayectorias de la Luz, Espacio Alterno Gallery, Sede Uniandinos Bogota, Colombia
2009 Duo Exhibition, La Colombie à Paris, Alliance Française, Paris, France
2003 Trimpin: Klavier Nonette, Jack Straw Productions New Media Gallery, Seattle, WA, U.S.
2001 You are Hear, Eclectic Orange Festival | Orange County Museum of Art, CA, U.S.
1997 Una Mirada Expuesta, National University Museum, Bogota, Colombia
selected concerts | performances
2017 Concert, Kronos Quartet, Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santodomingo, Bogota, Colombia
2014 Concert, XI International Contemporary Music Festival, Cultural Park, Valparaiso, Chile
2014 Concert, CMMAS - Mexican Center for Music and Sound Art, Morelia, Mexico
2013 Concert, Recital de Pian, XXII International Festival Zilele Muzicii Noi, Chisinau, Moldova
2007 Monographic Concert, The Composer and Her Work, Luis Ángel Arango Library, Bogota, Colombia
2007 Concert, Compositores Javerianos III, Luis Ángel Arango Library, Bogota, Colombia
2004 Concert, Contemporary Colombian Music, York University, Heslington, England
2003 Concert, DeciBelio in Concert, American Theatre, Bogota, Colombia
2003 Concert, Colón Electrónico, Colon Theatre, Bogota, Colombia
2003 Women's International Listening Room, California State University, Fullerton, CA, U.S.
2002 Concert, Desde el Sur, IDB - Inter-American Development Bank, Washington D.C., U.S.
2001 Concert, College Music Society Composers, College Music Society Annual Meeting, Santa Fe, NM, U.S.
2001 Soundscape, Evening on the Roof, MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.
2001-1992 Concerts, International Festival of Contemporary Music (versions: I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII,), Colombia
2001 Performance Art, Heart Piece, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, U.S.
1999 Concert, Sound Event, Gilberto Alzate Avendaño Foundation, Bogota, Colombia
1999 Concert, End of the Millennium Colombian Composers, Luis Ángel Arango Library, Bogota, Colombia
1998 Performance Art, A la Mesa, Cerro Monserrate, Bogota, Colombia
1997 Performance Art, Una Jugada de Dados, Colon Theater, Bogota, Colombia
1997 Concert, Concert des Fédérations Nationales de France et de Colombie, Synthèse Festival, Bourges, France
1997 Concert, Suite Logique, Futura Festival, Paris, France
1996 Concert, Young Colombian Composers, Colombo-American Center, Bogota, Colombia
2002 Ph.D. studies, Music Composition, University of California, San Diego, CA, U.S., Professors: Chaya Czernowin, Roger Reynolds, Chinary Ung, Rand Steiger
2001 MFA, double emphasis degree, Music Composition | Integrated Media, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, U.S., Professors: James Tenney, Stephen Mosko, Daniel Rothman, Sara Roberts
1997 BFA, Merit and Academic Excellence Distinction, Music Composition, Javeriana University, Bogota, Colombia, Professor: Guillermo Gaviria
1995 Music Composition Advanced Certificate Program, National Center of the Arts, Mexico D. F., Mexico, Professors: Stefano Scodanibbio, Franco Donatoni, Mario Lavista, Javier Álvarez
selected lectures | presentations | conferences
A. Triana, R. Frehling, G. Matamoros, R. Barge, E. Bobb (2018, June). Symposium, Sound Art/South Beach, Audiotheque - ArtCenter SouthFlorida, Miami Beach, FL, U.S.
A. Triana (2017, June). Keynote, Everything Boils Down to Vibrations, International Symposium on Electronic Art - ISEA, Manizales, Colombia
A. Triana (2017, May). Lecture, Alba Triana and Her Work, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia
A. Triana, J. Cerda (2017, April). Panel, Sound Art, Universidad Antonio Nariño, Bogota, Colombia
A. Triana, M. Galeano, G. Gaviria (2017, April). Panel, Discussion on Contemporary Composition, Teatro Colón, Bogota, Colombia
A. Triana (2016, November). Lecture, Alba Triana and Her Work, Florida International University, Miami-Dade County, FL, U.S.
A. Triana (2015, October). Lecture, Alba Triana and Her Work, Art and Technology Salon - Voltaje, Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia
A. Triana (2015, March). Lecture, Sound Mass and the Sonic Sciences, Listening Club, Miami, FL, U.S.
A. Triana (2014, April). Lecture, Concrete to Abstract, Listening Club, Miami, FL, U.S.
teaching or related experience
2012 - present Member of the Executive Board of Directors, South Florida Composers Alliance, Miami, FL, U.S.
1998 - 1999 Art Department Advisor, Ministry of Culture, Bogota, Colombia
1997 - 1998 Professor, Music Theory and Composition, Javeriana University, Bogota, Colombia
1997 Music Theory Director and Professor, National Pedagogic University, Bogota, Colombia