José María Serralde Ruiz

Musician, Audio Visual Artist, and Teacher in Mexico City, Mexico

José María Serralde Ruiz

Musician, Audio Visual Artist, and Teacher in Mexico City, Mexico

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Performing live music accompaniment for silent films since 1996, he has also written about mexican film music history for academic and media publications. His silent film music career took him into multidisciplinary projects, writing and playing music for visual arts, theatre, dance and non-conventional art forms; even developing a multimedia authorship and coding career for important Mexican stage, opera directors, institutions and festivals.

He founded the Ensamble Cine Mudo in 1998 calling the talents of different musicians, for doing live music for silent film screenings with a special concern on period authenticity and stylistic inspiration. The ensemble is now conformed by a stable trio and tours in Mexico and abroad promoting this art.

Besides Mexico, Serralde’s work has been presented in Canada, Spain, Italy, Bosnia-Herzegovina, France, Germany, and Brazil.

For some reason, he developed a recognised career in video editing and video stage production for the arts (100% free software driven).

He has recently produced and recorded the music for the digital restoration of the 1926 mexican silent film by Gabriel García Moreno, El Tren Fantasma to be released in DVD by Filmoteca UNAM with the music of his Ensamble Cine Mudo, and recorded the piano solo improvised score for Cineteca Nacional of the almost four-hour digital restoration of Enrique Rosas’ El Automóvil Gris, a 1919 classic mostly filmed in Mexico City. He is currently preparing the recording of two upcoming DVD releases of mexican silents: El Puño de Hierro, and Tepeyac (1917) as part of a long-term project with the National University. Additionally he has scored many mexican short films, TV series, and one feature film.

He promotes and teaches the practice of silent film music accompaniment at workshops, and lectures about music for film, media, and even embedded technology development for the arts at different institutions in Mexico.

José loves to trek outdoors, loves food, mezcal, and became a cat person.

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    • Ensamble Cine Mudo