Wingel Mendoza (Mexico City, 1982) is a composer and sound artist based in Germany. His music has been performed in Mexico, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Netherlands, Lithuania, Spain, Norway, Switzerland, among other countries. He has been a recipient of the «Jóvenes Creadores» program by FONCA (Mexico) in the 2014-15 and 2017-18 editions. He is currently a member of the National System of Art Creators (2020-2023) in Mexico. He has also won various awards and competitions, including first prize in the composition competition «Armin Knab Wettbewerb für Komposition 2016» (Würzburg, Germany) with the piece «Cuitláhuac» for orchestra. His piece «Der Hase des Mondes» (The Rabbit of the Moon) for piano won first prize in the composition competition «Von fremden Ländern und Menschen 2017» (Leipzig, Germany). He has participated in different artist residencies in composition and sound art, such as the artist residency at the Centre for Electronic Arts (BEK) in Norway (2022), Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen, Germany (2021), Ciudad de Arte Kalbe (Milde), Germany (2019), among others.

 

As a sound artist, his work has been presented in various exhibition venues such as Walpodenakademie Mainz, Germany, Soundseeing festival, Notebeck and Coesfeld Germany, Kunsthochschule Mainz in Germany, among others. He has been a resident composer for different theatre productions, such as «Behalt das Leben lieb» at the Wiesbaden City Theater in Germany, and «Figaro lässt sich scheiden» at the same theatre, among others. As an improviser, he has performed on different scenarios, including the Reynosa Festival in Mexico, Festival Ensemble in Germany, ReMusik.org festival in Russia, among others.

 

In his own words, Wingel Mendoza comments: «For me, sound is a material that is made not only of sonic energy, but is also composed of memories, images, objects, lights and shadows, or actions like touching or thinking. Therefore, my personal interest as a composer and sound artist is to expand my sonic context by interacting with external sources, such as the use of electronic devices like sound synthesis, programming, video, space, the interaction of humans with their environment and nature, images, movements, and sensors, as well as the interaction with other arts like dance and theatre, to create new possibilities and paths for musical perception. As part of my search for sounds, I improvise with artists from different disciplines and fellow performers. Finally, as part of my sonic exploration, I have created my own analog and digital devices to be used in my works.»