Javier Asencio is a pianist, composer and orchestrator of Argentine origin who has a passion for the relation between music, sound design and the visual world. Active in the artistic milieu since his arrival in Montreal, he works in the fields of cinema, contemporary dance and concert music.
Initially a scholarship student at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, he evolved through jazz with his own Javier Asencio Grupo, recording his album Ciclos in 2006 to great critical and public acclaim.
After arriving in Montreal in 2010, he has specialized in scoring for pictures (cinema, televison) with Robert Marcel Lepage with whom he will subsequently collaborate. Asencio has written original scores for feature films by Patricio Henriquez (My National Insecurity) and David Fabrega (Return to Cuba) as well as for short films by Adham Kosht, Alejandro Valbuena and Maxime Brouillet.
In parallel, he has composed the music and sound design for two contemporary-dance productions by choreographer María Isabel Rondón (Barravento and Chevelu) as well as for the installation artwork Morrice and Lyman in the Company of Matisse at Quebec’s MNBAQ national museum of fine arts.
In 2014, Asencio started composing for the Buzz brass quintet, for which he has written a series of works highlighting each member of the group as well as an unprecedented arrangement, with symphony, of orchestral works by Ravel, Dukas and Holst performed at the opening of China’s “Meet in Beijing Arts Festival”. He has also written a series of arrangements and adaptations for the quintet and harpist Valérie Milot, namely of works by Debussy, Khachaturian, Brahms and Piazzolla.
His work has been recognized and supported by the province of Quebec’s CALQ arts council on several occasions. Asencio is currently working on music for Buzz brass quintet’s upcoming new show.