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Martín Loyato

 – composer, trumpeter, improviser, poet, conductor, visual artist and educator – was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


As a trumpet player, Dr. Loyato has shared the stage with such notable artists as Arturo Sandoval, Poncho Sanchez, Yusef Lateef, Ray Anderson, Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, Charles Davis, and iconic Lebanese composer and writer renowned throughout the Middle East and beyond Ziad Rahbani, among others.


Martín was invited to perform in the First Latin Grammys in 2000. In 2003, Dr. Loyato conducted under Pierre Boulez for the Ojai Music Festival in California. He has performed with numerous orchestras around the world and has composed and performed concert works for electro-acoustic, dance, theater, choral, orchestra and chamber ensembles, as well as music for television features and advertisements. 


Among many private commissions from Europe, New Zealand, Asia, North and South America, he has been commissioned to write a children’s musical, En el Fondo de Mar, to benefit poor children in Buenos Aires. He has received several awards for his compositions. In 2003 he was invited by the Janacek Academy in Czech Republic to participate in an international performance and composition workshop for percussion. The renowned Penderecki Quartet selected his string quartet Allí Buenos Aires in 2004 for a performance workshop discussing and demonstrating the latest in writing for strings. Celestial Spheres, a multi-media piece notated graphically for forty musicians, was premiered at CalArts in 2005. This piece is published in the book Notations 21 an anthology of innovative musical notation by Theresa Sauer. In 2016 another Loyato’s graphic score was featured in a book published in Spain called Partituras gráficas y gráficos musicales circulares en el Arte Contemporáneo (1950-2010) (Circular Graphic Scores: Between Time and Space), BRAC – Universitat de Barcelona by Spanish visual artist Marina Buj.


As an educator, Dr. Loyato was part of Morton Subotnick’s team in Los Angeles, California, contributing to the development of a series of music software and programs that introduce music and technology to children of all ages. He has been an Assistant Professor at The Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon, since 2013, where he is currently teaching, theory, music history, music technology, composition and direct an experimental interdisciplinary ensemble. In addition, he was one of the main pillars to developed the curriculum for the first BA in Performing Arts not only in Lebanon, but also in the region, and today the degree has been accredited in USA as well.


His anthology of poetry, Helechos del Alma, was published in Argentina in 2006 and K-ro Suite Poética de Seis Pétalos (Limited Edition) in 2012. 


2010 marked the release of his first solo album, Syncretism, in which he explores the colors of the Indonesian Gamelan orchestra, Middle Eastern and Latin rhythms, big band, electronics, jazz and poetry. 


2017 marked the release of his second solo album Involution. An electro-acoustic experimental ambient album that features an international group of 30 brilliant musicians from Argentina, Australia, Germany, Greece, Korea, Lebanon, Spain and USA. The orchestration is a mixture of Eastern and Western instruments, electronics, vocals and a youth choir. 


His last performances covered USA, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Singapore, China, Lebanon and Turkey. He was awarded as an artist in residence at Seaside Institute in Florida in 2010, for the program Escape to Create “A Celebration of Art, Life and Community”, and in 2012 at Pedra Sina Residence in Madeira Island, Portugal.


Dr. Loyato has been living in New York for the past eight years and recently joined the Department of Communication Arts at the Lebanese American University in Beirut, as an Assistant Professor in the School of Arts and Sciences. 




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