Rodrigo Sigal

for solo guitar

duration: 6 minutes


Dogma: A belief, principle or doctrine..........?

Somehow our brain is always dealing with many ideas at the same time, relationships, expectations and feelings. When talking, writing, listening or composing we are taught to concentrate to avoid any "external" idea, we must think in only one thing!………. Maybe this multiplicity of impulses is what give us the chance to see things differently and from uncommon perspectives.

Dogma seeks to experiment with the fact that the links between short ideas do not need to be in any particular order, musical gestures in the guitar do not need to be linear.

Pablo Gomez premiered Dogma at the Bolivar Hall in London in 2000. The score and performance information for the piece is available from

Rodrigo Sigal (b. Mexico City, 1971) has a BA in composition from the Musical Studies and Research Center (CIEM) in Mexico City, and was part of the composition workshop directed by Prof. Mario Lavista.

Since 1991 he has been working as composer, sound and recording engineer in his private studio in Mexico and London, composing for dance, video, radio and TV, and he was the coordinator of the Computer Music Lab at the CIEM from 1994 until 1998.

He has received awards from the Mexican National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA), The CIEM, The Banff Center for the Arts in Canada, the ORS in England and the LIEM Studios and The Ministry of Culture in Spain, the 1st. Prize (Cycles, 1999) and an honorary mention (Tolerance, 2000) in the 1999 and 2000 Lugi Russolo Composition Prize.

He is now a MPhil-PhD student at the Music department at City University, London, with Denis Samlley and Javier Alvarez.

Some of his works are available on CD, and his CD "MANIFIESTO" (CIEM006), has received positive reviews and radio broadcast in Mexico and abroad (

His music has been performed in Mexico, USA, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, Spain, Italy, England, France, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Venezuela, Austria, New Zealand, Hungary, Ireland, Malaysia and China.

Since 1998 takes active part in DAM, a group of six composers that is working together with The Maarten Altena Ensemble in a project to be presented in Mexico, France and The Netherlands.

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