Carmina Escobar

Mexico/United States

Carmina Escobar is an experimental extreme vocalist, improviser, sound and intermedia artist from Mexico City.

Her work includes pieces of installation, performance, multimedia, as well as collaborative and interdisciplinary works. She has explored the capabilities of her voice developing a wide range of vocal techniques that she applies to her sound as well as to investigate radical ideas about the voice/body. 

She has presented her work at various festivals, biennials, experimental spaces, museums, galleries, concert halls, and theaters of the Mexican Republic, Europe, Cuba, and the United States: PST: LA / LA 2018 (Los Angeles), Cuban Art Factory (Havana), Borealis Festival (Norway) CTM Festival (Berlin), World Dada Fair 2016 (San Francisco), Current LA Water 2016 (LA), RedCat (LA), Machine Project (LA), MexiCali Biennial, MACO Oaxaca, The Wende  Museum, I-Park Environmental Art Biennial, New Music Festival 2016 (Czech Republic), MATA festival 2018, Borealis Festival 2019 (Norway) among others. 

She is artist in residence in Montalvo (San Francisco), STEIM (Holland), Binaural (Portugal), OMI (NY), Krakow Academy of Music Electroacoustic Music Studio (Poland), Guapamacataro (Morelia), FONOTECA NACIONAL (Mex), and The MacDowell Residency. 

Carmina has received the Endowment of the Arts in Mexico on three occasions: the USArtist International Award with the project Estamos Ensemble, the Master Scholarship of NALAC foundation for Latin artists and the 2020 FCA Grants for Sound Artist.

Her music has been published by Abolipop Records, a wave press, Edge Tone Records, and Relative Pitch Records.

She is co-founder of the experimental and contemporary music ensemble from Mexico LIMINAR, the performance improvisation trio FILERA, and ESTAMOS TRIO.

She has sustained a private studio for voice lessons for over 15 years, and she has facilitated workshops with cultural and artistic institutions as the Pomona College Claremont in the Art School, The Superior Art Institute in Cuba, Colgate College in the Art Department, The Rubin Center in El Paso Texas, The Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno Czech Republic, The University of New Mexico in the Music Department, The Monterrey Opera studio in Mexico, as well as the circuit of Cultural National Centers of the Arts in Mexico.

Avid collaborator  with the museums she has developed workshops with The Austin Museum of contemporary art, Nameless Sound organization in Houston, the Binaural organization in Portugal, Machine Project in Los Angeles, among many others.

Escobar is currently teaching voice technique, experimental voice workshops, contemporary vocal music, and interdisciplinary projects regarding the voice at CalArts.

She is cofounder along with Micaela Tobin with the virtual hub for radical pedagogy for the voice HOWL SPACE.