• The cover of Hypnos

On his remarkable debut album as a composer, 2009’s Enter Houses Of (Tzadik), Mario Diaz de Leon located the intersection of contemporary classical music and electronics and then pushed from there into the realm of noise, finding an artful balance between delicate, almost beautiful acoustic instrumentation and abrasive synthetic cacophony. A concert of his music presented by the International Contemporary Ensemble brought his charged juxtapositions into thrilling 3-D relief at the Velvet Lounge in November 2010.