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inti figgis-vizueta (b. 1993) is a New York-based composer whose music focuses on combinations of various notational schemata, disparate and overlaid sonic plans, and collaborative unlearning of dominant vernaculars. She often writes magically real musics through the lens of personal identities, braiding a childhood of overlapping immigrant communities and Black-founded Freedom schools—in Chocolate City (DC)--with direct Andean & Irish heritage and a deep connection to the land. Reviewers say her music constantly toes the line between "all turbulence" and "quietly focused" (National Sawdust Log), and “alternately smooth and serrated melodies” (The New York Times).
inti has been commissioned by JACK Quartet, Crash Ensemble, National Sawdust, Music from Copland House, Amanda Gookin’s Forward Music Project, and cellist Andrew Yee, among others. Her music has been performed at the Kennedy Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Ecstatic Music Festival, Spoleto Festival, Seattle Symphony’s Contemporary Music Marathon, and the New Latin Wave Festival. She has collaborated with artists such as violinist Jennifer Koh, Spektral Quartet, Wild Up, Alarm Will Sound, Face the Music, and clarinetist Gleb Kanasevich as well as been featured by organizations such as American Composer’s Orchestra, Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, Mizzou New Music, and Montpelier Chamber Orchestra.
Her advocacy on access and education includes work with Luna Lab, Boulanger Initiative, New Music Gathering, and the International Contemporary Ensemble as well as articles for publications like American Composer’s Forum and Sound American. She curates for Score Follower, an online archive championing universal access to contemporary musics, with a focus on finding and featuring queer and poc artists. She gives regular lectures on her music, most recently at the Manhattan School of Music, UC Boulder, and American University.
inti loves reading poetry, particularly Danez Smith and Joy Harjo. inti honors her Quechua grandmother, who was the only woman butcher on the whole plaza central and used to fight men with a machete.
inti studies with Marcos Balter, with recent private studies with George Lewis and Donnacha Dennehy.