Tomás I. Gueglio Saccone is an Argentine composer currently based in Chicago. His music has been described as ‘touchingly harmonic’ (Chicago Classical Review) and of ‘an exquisite weight’ (Peter Margasak - Best of Bandcamp). In his creative work, Tomás strives to find unique modes of expression by blending diverging stylistic and cultural lineages. His surreal and evocative works include chamber, orchestral, and electronic music, pieces for actors focused on speech, collaborative work with dancers, and the creation of a device that activates the strings of a piano. Metaphors central to his recent work relate to the conceptual underpinnings of surrealism and magic realism: private languages, the slippery logic of dreams, and states of disorientation and intoxication.
His music has been performed across the Americas and Europe by renowned ensembles and soloists like eighth blackbird, Pacifica and Spektral string quartets, Ensemble Dal Niente, Latitude 49, Marco Fusi and Ben Melsky. Recent and upcoming projects include the composition of a 25-minute piece for Delfos Danza to be presented in Ensemble Dal Niente’s ‘Staged’ series, the devising of a music theater piece based on the figure of Tango pioneer Rosendo Mendizábal, and the release of his first solo album, ‘Duermevela’, in the Winter of ‘19.
Tomás holds a Ph.D in composition from the University of Chicago (‘16), a MMus from Syracuse University (‘10) and a BMus from the Universidad Católica Argentina (‘07). He has attended numerous festivals and workshops where he worked with composers such as Brian Ferneyhough, Phillipe Hurel, Melinda Wagner, Raphaël Cendo, and Mathias Spahlinger. Born in Buenos Aires, a major influence in his musical upbringing was Gerardo Gandini whose workshop he attended between 2003 and 2007.