Vicente H. Atria is a Chilean composer and drummer based in New York and Santiago. Described as “virtuosic”, “revelatory” (The New York Times) and “ecstatic, (...) filled with a wild distorted energy” (The Guardian), his music riffs on a wide range of idioms, from renaissance dances to Korean sanjo, creating lucid, futuristic sonic worlds. He has written for groups such as the Sun Ra Arkestra, JACK Quartet, Wet Ink Ensemble, Yarn/Wire, TAK Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble, Bozzini Quartet, Science Ficta, and Daedalus Quartet.
As a drummer and composer, his music has been showcased at a wide variety of venues and festivals, including moers Festival, The Shed, MATA Festival, Roulette Intermedium, Re:Sound Festival, Festival Mixtur, ATLÁNTICX Festival, The Stone, Dizzy’s Club at JALC, Saint Vitus, Jazz Standard, and DiMenna Center for Classical Music, among others. His music has been released on Carrier Records, Aguirre Records, and Endectomorph Music, and has been reviewed by publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian, The Wire, Nettavisen, I Care If You Listen, Foxy Digitalis, Vinyl District, and Which Sinfonia.
He is a recipient of a Deutscher Jazzpreis ("Best Debut Album International", 2023), an ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award (2022), an ACF Create award (2021), The Shed Open Call commission (2019), two Chilean Ministry of Culture Fondo de la Música funds (2022 & 2020), and a finalist for the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award (2016).
He holds a DMA from Columbia University, where he has studied with Fred Lerdahl, Georg Haas, George Lewis, and Zosha Di Castri. Vicente is currently leading experimental chamber folk septet Orlando Furioso, as well as performing with collaborative trio Family Plan, improvising electronic music with Buen Clima as Tronador, and designing instruments with Mat Muntz for The Vex Collection, an alt-historical ensemble. Vicente is a 2022-2023 Artist-In-Residence for Wet Ink Ensemble.