Julián Bonequi

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Julián Bonequi
Julián 2007 at Pompeu Fabra University Studio
Julián 2007 at Pompeu Fabra University Studio
Background information
Also known asJulian Bonequi
Born (1974-12-27) December 27, 1974 (age 49)
OriginMexico City, Mexico
Occupation(s)musician, sonor artist
Instrument(s)Drums, vocals, electronics
Years active1995–present
LabelsAudition Records, Discordian Records, Re:konstruKt Istanbul, Radical Matters, Jazzorca Records, Musea, Surrism-Phonoethics, AMP Records, Mandorla, Headphonica, Audioatalaia

Julián Bonequi (born December 27, 1974) is a Mexican artist working mostly with Noise and Improvisation and 3d computer graphics.[1] He plays the drums, and experiments with electronics and voice to create a rhythmic environment much richer in atmospheres and harmonic flow situations. He played in the FOCO Orchestra (Orquesta FOCO – Madrid) (2006–2011), and create with Dave Tucker[2][3] and Ricardo Tejero the project Machinations of Joy

Julian Bonequi established himself in Barcelona within the Spanish improvisation free jazz music scene since 2004, but has since also performed with a wide range of musicians working in diverse musical areas since he lived in Mexico. He has performed as guest with the London Improvisers Orchestra as electronic voice, attracted by the roots of free improvisation

From 1995 to 2000 he participated in several projects of folklore, Rock in Opposition and psychedelia in Mexico City.


Early life[edit]

Since 1995 he played in a lot of punk, psychedelia, stone rock and progressive rock projects, but always trying to give 100% importance to the freedom that improvisation gives to music.

He played with Humus (band) that was founded in 1987 by Jorge Beltrán (guitar, keyboards) and Victor Basurto the full-fledged bassist. Both of them, are formers musician of many other important Mexican bands, as Frolic Froth, Smoking The Century Away, Euphoric Darkness, Loch Ness and Semefo. Since 1997 Westminster became more or less the permanent drummer of Humus, who was preceded by Julian Bonequi (1998–2000) when Jorge Beltrán invited Bonequi to make important contributions to different albums (not yet released).[4][5]

In 1999 he met Decibel.[6] Decibel were a rare exception to the prog acts of the 1978 period in Mexico, and were well versed in European groups such as Faust, Magma, Gong, and the Italian prog masters Il Balletto di Bronzo. The lineup centered around keyboardist Carlos Robledo and the bassist Walter Schmidt. So he found finally a place for improve his skills and experiment more. With them Julian Bonequi perform in the First International Festival of Progressive Rock in Mexico City, with Magma and Gong also in the program. And the next year, in March 2000 in a concert in the Museum Ex-Teresa Arte Actual in the historic centre of Mexico City, they celebrated the 25th anniversary and present the CD release named Fortuna Virilis, in addition to a retrospective with the work done since 1974. This concert is included in the three-disc box Fiat Lux, and it was the last time Decibel, this legendary Mexican band of Rock in Opposition play together without Javier Baviera, or Jaime Castaneda, but with Julian Bonequi on drums and Juan Carlos Ruiz on bassoon, former musician of Nazca, and leader of Culto Sin Nombre

The same year, in 2000, the Israeli Label, MIO Records produced a 3-disc box called Fiat Lux. The complete recordings. 1977 – 2000, which contains all the studio albums of Decibel, and plus live material and rarities of unedited material. And a small booklet of 28 pages with pictures of the beginnings of the band. Also this box contained the 25th anniversary concert at Ex-Teresa Arte Actual.

With Metaconciencia Julian Bonequi recorded the first album "Bestiario" in 2003 published by the French record label MUSEA Records. The critics received well this music work. A rhythm section perform a colourful and warm instrumental rock with multiple influences: Seventies Progressive rock, jazz-rock, Mexican music The music presented in Bestiario is quite intensive all of which is accompanied by quite an extraordinary drumming. [7][8]


Machinations of Joy with Dave Tucker

Since 2007, based in Barcelona, he played as drummer and percussionist with the FOCO Orchestra of Madrid. An active member of the Collective of Spanish improvisers Musicalibre and the FOCO Orchestra. Guest of London Improvisers Orchestra (2008–2009) in the 10th Anniversary of LIO and in Freedom of the City Festival at Conway Hall (voice/electronics).

In the edition of the Festival Hurta Cordel, celebrated the last week of January 2009, FOCO was conducted by New York experimental jazz composer& musician, William Parker, and they present together in the Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona.[9] In 2010 the conductor was the improviser legend, Keith Tippett.


Edu Comelles[10] ( Coordinator and Creator of Audiotalaia )[11] a Catalan Sound Artist living in Valencia, and Julian Bonequi ( Project manager and curator ) living since 2010 in Berlin. They decided to create Audition Records.[12] Audition Records documents the development of Improvisation in Europe by both native musicians and international ones who have settled here— musicians whose curiosity extends their sonority concepts all over the world.

Julian Bonequi, resident artist at NK Projekt in 2010,[13] an artist run independent non-profit organization that is dedicated to Sound Arts in Berlin, taking part in the creation and support of a "culture" with a focus on experimental music. Bonequi announced NK as new collaborator of Audition Records, and they decided together to publish selected concerts and performances in agreement with the artists.[14][15]

Curating and coordinating series in Berlin as associate curator, promoter or project manager since 2012. He was involved in the Ohrengala[16] at Bei Roy, collaborating until October 2012, in RAM,[17] Radical Animation and Musik at K77 in collaboration with Salon Bruit,[18] and in the female soloist serie and documentary episodes in Berlin around improvised, noise and electroacoustic music and contemporary composers, started in February 2013 named Quota;unquota[19] co-curated by Philip Morris aka Sciolist. In winter 2012 Bonequi moved again from Berlin to Mexico City, where he runs and coordinates Audition Records Berlin expanding Audition Records activities to Mexico City.[20]


January 2011, Audition Records announced a new collaboration with re:kontruKt Istanbul Label after a recording with Korhan Futacı (voice, sax, zurna), Umut Çağlar (guitar), Barlas Tan Özemek (guitar) & Yasemin Mori (voice on track 4 & 5), catalogued re044: The Sun, the Moon & the Stars.[21] Umut Caglar is the curator and project manager of re:konstrukt[22] label.


March 2011: New documents collected in Vienna are published in Audition Records as part from one of the strongest scenes happening in Vienna and working hard since eleven years ago in Austria. Conversations with Dieb13[23] about klingt.org[24]


From 14 to 24 February 2011 Julian led a workshop for the 8B from the Borg Krems. There he showed the students how to work in Mudbox and what they could do in Maya. As a present he received a bottle of wine. In February 2011 Bonequi worked and lived in Krems as Resident Artist at Air-Krems:[25] "... Each day we recorded 15 to 30 minutes of short improvisations, then we edited it and mixed, without overdubs. Always respecting the original improvisation and following differents rules we determined before we played..."

Mexico City[edit]

Spring 2013. Audition Records announces "The Mexican Tour, 8 dates, 5 cities: Mexico City, Guanajuato, Querétaro, Tlaxcala, Guadalajara"[26] – Splits gigs with the Norwegian rock noise trio MoE,[27] organized by Audition Records, and Bonequi coordinating the Tour Management, Logistics and Documentation and performing as soloist as previous act.[28]


Improvised Music[edit]




  • Híbridos José Luis Fernández Ledesma "Luna Records" Mexico(2007)
  • La Paciencia de Job "Musea Records". Les Classiques du Futur. France(2004)
  • Metaconciencia Bestiario, "Musea Records" France (2003)
  • Smoking the Century Away "Nuggetphase Records". The Netherlands(2001)


  • Not Me,[51] Impronet: The Improvisators Network


  1. ^ Springerlink [1]Articulated Motion and Deformable Objects,Springer Berlin / Heidelberg
  2. ^ Pax Recordings. Dave Tucker Archived 2010-01-29 at the Wayback Machine Take a word of a madman, Composer.
  3. ^ All About Jazz. Music Improvisation Dave Tucker, Biography.
  4. ^ Obvious Duality. Humus Unrealesed Material, Mexico, 1998.
  5. ^ Old Recordings.Humus Not Yet Archived 2009-02-07 at the Wayback Machine Unrealesed, Mexico, 1998.
  6. ^ Fiat Lux. The Complete Recordings 1977–2000. Decibel MIO Records, Israel, 2000.
  7. ^ Bestiario. Metaconciencia Musea Records, France, 2003.
  8. ^ Bestiario. Detailed Reviews Progressor, Uzbekistan, 2003.
  9. ^ FOCO Orchestra William Parker El Periódico, Palau de la Musica, 2009.
  10. ^ Edu Comelles[2] Sound Artist
  11. ^ Audiotalaia Audioatalaia Netlabel Archived 2010-07-04 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Audition Records[3] About Audition Records
  13. ^ "NK". Archived from the original on 2019-06-29. Retrieved 2020-02-13.
  14. ^ "Mat Pogo". Archived from the original on July 7, 2011.
  15. ^ "Joke Lanz". Archived from the original on July 7, 2011.
  16. ^ Ohrengala[4] Regular experimental serie organised at Bei Roy
  17. ^ RAM[5] Radical Animation and Musik 2012, Audition Records-Salon Bruit
  18. ^ Salon Bruit[6] Archived 2015-11-28 at the Wayback Machine Julian Bonequi, Salon Bruit
  19. ^ Quot;unquota[7] Female Soloists in Berlin, Quota;Unquota
  20. ^ Audition Records Mexico[8] Audition Records in Mexico
  21. ^ [9] re044: The Sun, the Moon & the Stars
  22. ^ re:konstrukt"Audition Records · ar016". Archived from the original on 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2011-05-28. ar016: Re:Konstruct – Istanbul. Improvised Music Label
  23. ^ Dieb13"Audition Records · ar018". Archived from the original on 2011-05-04. Retrieved 2011-05-28. ar018: Dieb13 – Conversations
  24. ^ klingt.org"Audition Records · ar019". Archived from the original on 2011-05-02. Retrieved 2011-05-28. ar019: klingt.org – 11th Years of Experimental Music
  25. ^ Air-Krems[10] Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine Julian Bonequi, Artist in Residence
  26. ^ MoE [11] Splits gigs MoE/Bonequi
  27. ^ MoE[12] Rock Noise From Norway, MoE
  28. ^ Julian Bonequi [13] Splits gigs MoE/Bonequi
  29. ^ Tabla y Cuchillo: Ricardo Tejero, Niko Meinhold & Bonequi [14] RTMA, Berlin, 2012
  30. ^ Ultraspießer: Anton Maiof, Ratbag (Julian Percy) & Bonequi [15] RadicalMatters EditionsLabel, Italy, 2012
  31. ^ Matarratas: Ratbag (Julian Percy) & Bonequi [16] RadicalMatters EditionsLabel, Italy, 2012
  32. ^ Julian Bonequi [17] realtime music archives, Berlin, Krems, 2011
  33. ^ Julian Bonequi [18] re:konstruKt, Istanbul, 2011
  34. ^ Don Malfon, El Pricto, Martin Del Litto, Avelino Saavedra & Julian Bonequi [19] discordian records, Barcelona, 2011
  35. ^ Julian Bonequi [20] realtime music archives, Berlin, Krems, Barcelona, 2011
  36. ^ Julian Bonequi & El Pricto [21] discordian records, Barcelona, 2011
  37. ^ Don Malfon, Alvaro Rosso, Julian Bonequi & El Pricto [22] discordian records, Barcelona, 2011
  38. ^ Ratbag, Anton Anton Maiof & Julian Bonequi [23] realtime music archives, Berlin, 2010
  39. ^ Rogelio Sosa, Mario de Vega, Juan Pablo Villa & Julian Bonequi "Audition Records · ar027". Archived from the original on 2011-09-02. Retrieved 2011-05-28. audition records, Barcelona, 2011
  40. ^ Korhan Futacı, Umut Çağlar, Barlas Tan Özemek, Yasemin Mori & Julian Bonequi [24] re:konstruKt, Istanbul, 2011
  41. ^ Ratbag & Julian Bonequi [25] Realtime Music Archives, Berlin, 2010
  42. ^ Julian Bonequi & Ricardo Tejero [26] Surrism-Phonoethics, Frankfurt, 2010
  43. ^ Berlin Improvisers Orchestra [27] Audition Records, Berlin, 2010
  44. ^ wendel – Nstp.de [28] wendel – Nstp.de, Venues in Berlin
  45. ^ Julian Bonequi Improvisations -jb001- [29] AMP Records Label, Mexico, 2010
  46. ^ Music Technology Group St.Sessions. Machinations of Joy Archived 2010-01-28 at the Wayback Machine Audioatalaia Net Label, Barcelona, January 15, 2010.
  47. ^ Universitat Pompeu Fabra St.Sessions. Los Idiotes AMP Records Label, Mexico, 2009.
  48. ^ Discordian Records – Promotional Compilation [30] Audition Records, Berlin, 2012
  49. ^ Ratbag+Bonequi "WeirdAndWired · We aim for the hearts not the charts". Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2010-09-08. WeirdAndWired, Berlin, 2010.
  50. ^ The Beauty Noise Vol.I. Featuring Kenji Siratori AMP Records Label, Barcelona, 2009.
  51. ^ Julian Bonequi Improvisation – Impro 44 [31] Impronet, Berlin 2010

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