French-Mexican composer and cognitive scientist Bruno Louchouarn’s music has been performed at venues internationally. He has extensive film, theater, and dance credits, ranging from the futuristic cantina music in Total Recall, to sound art exhibited at the Liverpool Biennial, UK.  His recent works are interdisciplinary in nature and favor site-specific works. His musical compositions are informed by his studies in cognitive musicology and often focus on the narrative structure of myths, and the interaction of music and visual movement. Louchouarn lectures widely on this subject and teaches at University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Concert (and beyond) projects: Sol Path, immersive media and live viola installation, Featuring violist Brett Deubner, projection design by Adam Larsen, and directed by Corey Madden. Conceived a the result of a NASA/JPL artistic residency, AxS Festival 2014, Pasadena; Voces en el Polvo/Voices in the Dust, a multimedia chamber oratorio about the 1985 Mexico City earthquake, with a libretto by Juan Felipe Herrera, poet laureate of California 2012 and Current US Poet Laureate, at Boston Court; Drive-Through, piano & video, Pianospheres, Zipper Hall, LA; Les structures du rêve, percussionist Yuri Inoo, and pianist Susan Svrzec, Pianospheres, LA.  Alcances, commissioned by the Pasadena Biennial 09, premiered by pianist Vicki Ray and the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet.

Theater, Installation, and Public Art projects: El Henry, La Jolla Playhouse and San Diego Repertory Theater (San Diego Theater Critics Circle Award winner for best original score); Disgraced, Playmakers Repertory Theater; Wrestling Jerusalem, Intersection for the Arts, Playmakers Repertory Theater, Guthrie Theater; Rain After Ash, a multimedia immersive work commissioned by A X S Festival in Pasadena, California, at the Pacific Asia Museum.  Day For Night a 12-hour film and music installation commissioned by GLOW 2010, Santa Monica beach, and featured at Transatlantyk Film Festival, Poland; Sound Art, for Suzanne Lacy’s Three Weeks in January, Getty’s Pacific Standard Time, and 2012 Liverpool Biennial; Night Falls, a new dance-theater work, ODC in San Francisco; Surf Orpheus, indie rock opera, with book writer, Corey Madden and choreographer, Jacques Heim, UCSD & Getty Villa; Agamemnon, directed by Stephen Wadsworth, featuring Tyne Daly, Getty Villa;  Shekinah, La MaMa, NY; A Weekend With Pablo Picasso, with Culture Clash’s Herbert Siguenza, Alley Theatre, Houston, and Los Angeles Theater Center, Center Rep Walnut Creek, Denver Performing Art Center, and Arizona Theater Company; Café Vida, director Michael John Garcés, Cornerstone Theater with Homeboy Industries, LATC; Eurydice, director Marc Masterson, South Coast Repertory.

Dance Projects:  Cubicle, Diavolo Dance Company (Ordway Performing Art Center, Des Moines Performing Art Center, Broad Stage Santa Monica) and international tour; Metallurgy (America Ballet Theater-Studio, Lincoln Center);  Humachina, Diavolo Dance Company, Olympic Center, Seoul, Korea; Private Life, with choreographer Deborah Slater, CounterPULSE, San Francisco, and ODC, San Francisco; Bouncy, choreographer Kitty McNamee, Celebrate Dance LA; Little Sisters, choreographed by Rosanna Gamson, REDCAT in Disney Hall. 

reviews & awards

Original music:

AGAMEMNON, featuring Tyne Daly

“Bruno Louchouarn’s eerie percussive score [is] particularly strong.”

     Los Angeles Times

“Bruno Louchouarn’s ethereal music carries its doom-laden warnings from afar, as if wafting in from Troy -- which in a sense, of course, it has.”


COURTING VAMPIRES    -    Ovation Awards Nominee 2009 - Best Sound, Intimate Theater

“Deeply moving music”

     Star News

TREE, by Julie Hébert

“This Ensemble Studio Theatre-Los Angeles world premiere is beautifully produced [...] Every design element draws you in deeper, from Bruno Louchouarn’s original music to Leah Piehl’s striking costumes.”

    Los Angeles Times

“Wonderful original music”

     Backstage West

“[Jessica Kubzansky’s] outstanding work is enhanced by Brian Sidney Bembridge’s scenic and lighting design and Bruno Louchouarn’s original music and sound design.”


“Bruno Louchouarn composed gorgeous original music, a combination of jazz, blues, and bluegrass, and created a sound design which incorporates bayou waves and almost inaudible whispers from the past.”



-    Arizoni Awards Winner 2009 - Best Sound

“A wordless story with a way cool musical

score by Bruno Louchouarn.”

     Phoenix New Times


“Original music and sound from Bruno Louchouarn complete our enfolding into the tale.”

     Backstage West

“Bruno Louchouarn injects suspense and terror with imaginative musical montages and sound design”

     Tolucan Times


“Remarkable sound design.”

      Backstage West