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Divergent polymath, culture architect, and multi-hyphenate artist Julián Esteban Torres López applies his 25+ years of global experience in numerous fields to help organizations, changemakers, and artists explore, imagine, transform, innovate, and create beyond socially constructed boundaries.

Albums

by Julián Esteban Torres López
Discography
Producer
Forthcoming

• Liminality, released in May 2022.

Hirˌīth​(​Ē​)​Ə, released in March 2022.

• SFUMATO, released in January 2022.

• Volume 1: Petrichor, released in February 2021.

ôˈtäktänik

espacement et différance

ˈlimərənSH(ē)ə

əbˈsesivo-kəmˈpəlsivo

Selection

You can find Liminality and its tracks on Bandcamp now, and on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, and most other streaming and music platforms throughout June 2022.

Liminality is an experimental classical music album that loosely interprets the reflections of an untethered Other…

Liminality translates transitions…
      … across borders
      … across boundaries
      … across thresholds
      … across spaces
      … between love and hatred
      … between calm and fear
      … between belonging and estrangement
      … between acceptance and ostracization
      … between growth and destruction
      … between healing and wounds
      … between consent and coercion
      … between cooperation and force
      … between inclusion and exclusion
      … between peace and war
      … between life and death.

Liminality is…
      … the silence between our heartbeats
      … the gray between absolutes
      … the space between doors
      … the hallway between rooms
      … the lobby of hotels
      … the waiting areas at airport terminals
      … exploration and yearning
      … it is the meaning lost between translations
      … the conversations between different species
      … it is the hopes and dreams before a catastrophe
      … the history and cultures erased and rewritten by colonizers
      … it is the rejection of conventions
      … the wind born without a shadow
      … it is the infinity between our glances
      … the recognition of the Other
      … it is the instance when beings become aware of their selves and environments
      … It is the invisible matter between my consciousness and yours.
 

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Released May 31, 2022

ALBUM / TRACKS
      • Music composition, arrangement, and audio design by Julián Esteban Torres López
      • Performed and produced by Julián Esteban Torres López
      • Album cover design by Julián Esteban Torres López
      • Label: The Nasiona

You can find Hirˌīth(Ē)Ə and its tracks on Bandcamp, Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, and most other streaming and music platforms.

Hirˌīth(Ē)Ə is the location of a homesickness for a safety I cannot return to or that never was.

Hirˌīth(Ē)Ə explores my relationships…

      … to my colonizer and colonized identities,
      … to the open wounds of settler colonialism,
      … to my ancestors and heritages,
      … to the environments and situations that bruised and traumatized me, and
      … to the mothering arms that held and nourished me.

The album’s five stories are kinfolks who retrace steps to who we were before trauma disrupted our narratives. These blood relations mourn and grieve our loss of land, culture, and family.

These kinfolks take risks by…

      … confronting abusers,
      … dissecting egos,
      … centering our concerns as a form of self-love,
      … rerooting and replanting ourselves to reclaim deferred dreams, and
      … retaking authority of our authenticities.

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Released March 31, 2022

ALBUM / TRACKS
      • Lyrics and audio design by Julián Esteban Torres López
      • Performed and produced by Julián Esteban Torres López
      • Album cover design by Julián Esteban Torres López
      • Label: The Nasiona

_”Seeking Lost Tribes,” audio and words originally published in The Soul In Space, Issue 2.

_”A Settler Colonial Phlebotomy,” audio and words originally published in The Soul In Space, Issue 2.

_”Uprooted from Medellín,” audio and words originally published in Alebrijes Review, Culture section, January 2022.

_”Mother’s Records, Mother’s Books,” words originally published in The Acentos Review, December 2020.

_”Rerooted in Medellín,” early version of words originally published as “Medellín” in Colombia Reports, November 2010.

You can find Hirˌīth(Ē)Ə and its tracks on Bandcamp, Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, and most other streaming and music platforms.

SFUMATO is a collection of audio stories

      … A fading, vanishing, borderless memory

      … Smoke

      … The silent foot of our own shadows following us

      … Home.

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ALBUM NOTE
You may notice that the first three pieces I included in SFUMATO I wrote between 1999 and 2006. I didn’t feel comfortable sending them out for publication consideration until very recently (2020/2021). This is because I tend to spend years, sometimes decades, refining my work until I am satisfied with sharing it with the world. My therapist suggests this is a symptom of my Obsessive-Compulsive Personality “Disorder.” At this rate, the stories I’ve created between 2006 and 2021 will most likely be out for public consumption in a decade or two, if my patterns continue. In a weird sense, my stories you consume today are no longer really representative of me today, but of a much younger self. The stories I publish today are fleeting moments and historical artifacts of my previous selves. Fading, vanishing, borderless memories… Smoke… The silent foot of my own shadows following me home.

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Released January 31, 2022

ALBUM / TRACKS
      • Lyrics and audio design by Julián Esteban Torres López
      • Performed and produced by Julián Esteban Torres López
      • Album cover design by Julián Esteban Torres López
      • Label: The Nasiona

_”The Wind,” originally published in Rigorous Magazine, Volume 5, Issue 2.

_”Surgically Enhanced Mannequins (1-13),” originally published in Unmute Magazine’s Winter 2/22/22 Edition.

_”Neurodivergent,” originally published in a magazine, but I later retracted publication because of the white supremacy apologist position of the publication’s EIC. Currently in search of a new publication to publish this piece.

_”Sleepwalking Through the 20th,” originally published in Havik 2021: Inside Brilliance.

Selection

Producer

The Nasiona’s compilation album, Volume 1: Petrichor is the first volume of The Nasiona’s music series encapsulates all the glorious highs and the searing lows of navigating the world as an empathetic, curious individual. The works contained in this volume — from mournful piano compositions, dazzling spoken word, spellbinding vocal layered-songs, to beautiful instrumentals — express the intricacies of being an artist of color in a too-often indifferent world; and like the scent that lingers long after the downpour, these masterpieces ask you to sit awhile, to close your eyes, to pay attention.

     co-Produced by: Aïcha Martine Thiam and Julián Esteban Torres López

     Musical Artists: Mallika Vie ° whenthecitysleeps ° Chromic ° Eki’Shola ° Samantha Pearl °
       Whitney & The Saying Goes ° Stephanie Henry ° Annah Sidigu ° Jinnat ° Tony Tennyson °
       Beezy Montaña ° San Palo

Selection

Julián is going live with seven audio storytelling albums in 2022. Titles in order of tentative release dates below of remaining unreleased albums.

    • ôˈtäktänik
       7/31/2022

    • ˈlimərənSH(ē)ə
       9/30/2022

    • espacement et différance
       11/30/2022

    • əbˈsesivo-kəmˈpəlsivo
       12/31/2022

Audio Storytelling Albums

Forthcoming in 2022

If my voices were a painting...

 

"... the paint brush would be dipped in Beethoven hues, shades of Sandro de América, a rainbow mixture of Django Reinhardt’s Romani jazz and Thelonious Monk improvisations, a bit of Blues, some blood red Flamenco, caramel coffee Cumbia, carnation pink Vallenato, African violet Mapalé, lilac panpipe flutes, the hypnotic rhythm of a copper penny pendulum, and the silences in between black holes. Those are the colors of the spectrum of my voices."

 

-Julián on how he characterizes the sounds of the six storytelling albums he is releasing in 2022.

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Julián Esteban Torres López (he/him/él) is a bilingual, Colombia-born storyteller, public scholar, and culture architect with Afro-Euro-Indigenous roots. Some of his other intersectional identities also inform his work, such as: atheist, multiply neurodivergent, formerly an undocumented immigrant, (non-visibly) disabled, chronic mental health conditions, Latine/o/x. 

Learn more about Julián…

SERVICES

With over two decades’ experience in community development and advancing social justice on the ground and in academic, corporate, and nonprofit settings, Julián is available for consulting, public talks, keynotes, workshops, training, coaching, mentorship, and interviews.

SPECIAL PROJECTS

Julián is also available to partner with others to advocate for and center, elevate, and amplify the voices, experiences, and concerns of survivors of oppressive systems and dominant cultures.

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Divergent polymath, culture architect, and multi-hyphenate artist Julián Esteban Torres López applies his 25+ years of global experience in numerous fields to help organizations, changemakers, and artists explore, imagine, transform, innovate, and create beyond socially constructed boundaries.

The Nasiona

Julián is the founder of The Nasiona, a movement and multi-media platform that centers, elevates, and amplifies the personal stories of those Otherized by systems of oppression and dominant cultures.

We believe that the subjective can offer its own reality and reveal truths some facts cannot discover.​

Our work centers decolonization, liberation, empowerment, healing, and transformation. Through our magazinepodcastpublishing housementorship program, music series, live events, along with other initiatives and partnerships, we strive to humanize the Other.

The Nasiona Podcast

Renowned for his trauma-informed explorations of the nature-nurture of being, Julián and his The Nasiona Podcast guests examine existential concerns with compassion, care, and nuance through a decolonial prism.

These are engaging, in-depth, long-form conversations with creatives, changemakers, experts, culture architects, and justice activists that investigate our humanity, creativity, and journeys toward liberation.

Conscious Thrive

As the managing director of consulting and strategy at Conscious Thrive, Julián strives to bring back the HUMAN at the center of business relationships. We help you embody diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging from an inside-out approach — holding the whole human and individual as part of the whole.

We work with companies that have already committed to doing the work and have started implementing strategies and initiatives toward their commitment to creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment within their companies and external influences.

We offer consulting, workshops & training, and coaching.

To connect with us, schedule a free intro call: click here.

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