Rafael Anton Irisarri is an American composer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer living in New York.
Described by the press as “one of contemporary ambient music’s most celebrated practitioners,” Irisarri‘s music often has a mournful, elegiac quality where ostinato phrases tap into minimalist ideals while atmospheric layers of effects suggests a more cinematic approach. In all, his compositions are deeply emotive and epic, like a symphony recording that’s been rescued from attic entombment after half a century.
Irisarri concerts at museums, churches, synagogues, and other non-traditional performance spaces explore the physicality of sound. Combining an array of heavy metal bass amplifiers, multiple loudspeaker configurations, synthesizers, bowed guitars, notebook computers, video images, and lighting, Irisarri decontextualize the audience’s relationship to the venue, creating an immersive, otherworldly environment.
Irisarri’s recorded works are widely published internationally, made available through Ghostly (USA), Morr Music (DE), Room40 (AU), and Umor Rex (MX), among dozen other labels.