Gabriel Pareyon

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Gabriel Pareyon
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Gabriel Pareyon, 2003.
Background information
Born 1974
Origin Mexico
Genres Contemporary Music, Mexican composers, 21st century music
Occupations Composer & musicologist
Years active 1995 – present

Gabriel Pareyon (born October 23, 1974, Zapopan, Jalisco) is a polymathic Mexican composer and musicologist, who has published literature on topics of philosophy and linguistics.

He has a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Helsinki, where he studied with Eero Tarasti (2006–2011). He received bachelor and master degrees in composition at the Royal Conservatoire, The Hague (2000–2004), where he studied with Clarence Barlow. He also studied at the Composers’ Workshop of the National Conservatoire of Music, Mexico City (1995–1998), with Mario Lavista.

His works as composer were selected for the Thailand International Saxophone Competition for Composers (Bangkok, 2006, I Prize), the 2nd International Jurgenson Competition for young composers (Moscow, 2003, II Prize) and the 3rd Andrzej Panufnik International Composition Competition (Kraków, 2001, III Prize). His output includes works for common objects (such as bottles, stones, etc.) as well as for classical (European) instruments and ensembles. He also experiments with Mexican traditional instruments (such as huehuetl, teponaztli and a wide variety of woodwinds), and metre and phonetics from Nahuatl and Hñähñu. His music also combines wider aspects of linguistics and human speech, mathematical models (series, patterns, algorithms, etc.), and models coming from bird vocalization and nonverbal communication.


  • On Musical Self-Similarity, Acta Semiotica Fennica 39, Approaches to Musical Semiotics Series, Imatra, & University of Helsinki Press (Yliopistopaino), Helsinki, 2011. [1]
  • The Role of Abduction in Self-Similarity: On the Peircean Concept of the Map of the Map in (E. Tarasti, ed.) Abstracts of the International Summer School for Semiotic and Structural Studies : 25 Years Semiotics in Imatra, Imatra, Finland, 2010. [2]
  • The Ecologic Foundations of Stylistics in Music and in Language, Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference for PhD Music Students, Aristotle University (Thessaloniki) & University of Edinburgh, 2009. [3]
  • A Fractal Conjecture of Language. A Proposal for a Cognitive Frame of Semiotics, Proceedings of the 9th IASS-AIS International Congress of Semiotics, Helsinki and Imatra, 2007.
  • Aspects of Order in Language and in Music, Royal Conservatoire, The Hague, 2004. [4]


  • McHARD, James L. (2008). The Future of Modern Music, Iconic Press, 3rd edition (on page 272 Pareyon is mentioned as a source for the interpretation of Julio Estrada's musical thought).
  • ROVNER, Anton (2005). "Dresdener Tage des Zeitgenossisches Musik" in New Music Connoisseur, no. 13, fall/winter.
  • SOLOMOS, Makis (2004). "Clash and Proportion" in 3rd International Forum of Young Composers, Paris.

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