Artist: Ainara LeGardon

Space: San Pedro de Mera

Project: “Conexión, modulación” (“Connection, modulation”)

“Of the many experimental music proposals we’ve received, Ainara LeGardón’s best responds to the award’s premise. Her wealth of experience as a songwriter and performer further reinforces this decision.” 


Ángel Calvo Ulloa, member of the jury of the First Annual Connexio Awards.

“Conexión, modulación’, by Ainara LeGardon (Project in San Pedro de Mera)

Ainara LeGardon’s sound and performance installation explores the interaction between the history and acoustics of the church of San Pedro de Mera. She has developed this site-specific piece through free improvisation, using her voice and various technologies she has been exploring over the past several years, in order to construct an organic and shifting dialogue in real time between the music and its setting. The piece combines sound art and performing arts, enacting the music in real time based on a loose score developed in advance.

These awards were a perfect opportunity to put into practice one of my sound and performance installations; the acoustics of the space as well as its history make for rich raw materials to work with, and to shape a unique, site-specific sound and performance piece. Ainara LeGardon


Ainara LeGardon (Bilbao, 1976) 

Ainara LeGardon (Bilbao, 1976; is an artist and songwriter with a career spanning twenty-five years. Her seven critically acclaimed solo albums are highly regarded in the Spanish indie scene, and she has toured throughout Europe and the United States. Outside the indie rock scene, Ainara LeGardon has worked extensively in the fields of performance, experimental music and improvisation, both on her own and with Archipiel, colectivo maDam, and other groups.


As a sound artist she has produced a number of pieces, installations and performances, including El deseo como cemento (Wroclaw, Poland, 2015), Caementum, alongside media artist Jaime de los Ríos at Museum Cemento Rezola (Donostia, 2016), and Ecosistemas sonoros piensan, aprenden through a residency with Mugako: Advanced Music Festival, at ARTIUM (Vitoria-Gasteiz, 2018).


In addition to her artistic practice, she leads workshops and gives talks about DIY philosophy and intellectual property.