Argentina born composer Pablo E. Furman is recipient of awards from the Guggenheim and Koussevitzky foundations, California Arts Council, Djerassi Foundation, International Computer Music Association, the Composers Conference, as well as several research and artistic awards from the California State University. His music is recorded on Capstone Records’ The Electric Saxophone, IMG Media’s Ghost Strings, Centaur’s ICMC Commissions, Music from CREAM, Music from SEAMUS Vols. 9 & 15, and by the Mexican Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes. Furman composes for traditional instruments and ensembles and the electro-acoustic music medium.
“To hear [his music] is to be carried along a road of blazing colors, through rugged terrain that's virtually sand-blasted by rhythm and topped with melodies speaking of beautiful doom. It grabs the gut. It fascinates.” [San José Mercury News, 1/11/2010].
“This concerto, for string quartet and string orchestra, is the most appealing and imaginative work of his I’ve heard. It unites the bounce and vigor of his violin and electronics piece, Sureña: Memorias Australes, with the geniality of his concertino for bandoneón and strings. The music has bite and wit…” [San Francisco Classical Voice, 1/10/2010]
“…[Sureña] felt timeless: hugely amplified violin served as the narrow present, with computer-vague prophecies and electronic echoes… we knew that we were on the wrong side of the mirror, the balance of fire and ice broken in the glass.” [Piedmont Post, 10/29/2008]
“Graeme Jennings, once of the Arditti Quartet, proved a mesmerising protagonist in Pablo Furman's Sureña: Memorias Australes... Pizzicato passages return sounding like Javanese temple gongs, birds flutter, an Argentine dance emerges from loudspeakers and Jennings solos in a concerto whose accompaniment is of his own devising.” [Financial Times, 10/22/2008]
“Furman's [Concertino], which matches the fire and dignity of tango… conveys a wistful, lost-in-thought lyricism.” [San José Mercury News, 8/29/2007]