I am delighted to share that the commission by the Princeton Festival of my music art video Dreaming/Undreaming will premiere next June 17, 2021 in their virtual season. This has been a dream-come-true project in co-creation with fellow artists Camilla Tassi and Ryan Belock (video), Natasha Stojanovska (piano), Alexa Capareda (movement) and Chia Patiño (dramaturgy). It will be wonderful to count with your virtual attendance on June 17th and thereafter. Check all the information HERE!
II just enjoyed the privilege of a very rich conversation with Dominick DiOrio, the new president of the National Collegiate Choral Organization and Associate Professor of Music at the Jacobs School in Bloomington, moderated by Alain Barker for his series of webinars on future directions in the musical field, which he leads from his Office of Entrepreneurship and Career Development, also at the Jacobs School. The topic was “crossdisciplnay modes in choral music”, a point of entry to discuss […]
This comes from AEON magazine, where one find many provocative new insights on how we and the world work, and could work… In fact, musical modernism exacerbated the idea that musical artists had to specialize–you were a composer, or a performer, or a historian, but rarely expected to be recognized professionally for credible expertise in all these –or other– disciplines. This is gradually changing. The most forward looking music departments and schools are considering interdisciplinarity, which does not eliminate the […]
I include here two very interesting articles that have gone viral among classical musicians. They address the circumstances of classical musicians who are not born in environments where classical music is part of the family culture or profession, but still invest intense creative effort and monetary resources to achieve exalted proficiency in an art they love above all. They are not always rewarded for their devotion. It is a complex issue that does not deserve pandering answers of any kind, […]
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/11/arts/music/george-crumb-90th-birthday.html We begin what I hope will be a oceanic wave of homages to George Crumb, who is turning 90 years old. When I was very young, he was among the living composers who ignited my love of newly composed music belonging to our time. Somehow he was both ancient and utterly futuristic. I thank the teacher who first pointed me to him, Dr. Mary Wennerstrom, at Indiana University. It has been the love of a lifetime.
Pianist Yael Weiss has embarked in a thoughtful and timely project in preparation for the 250’s anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in 2020. At some point she reached out to me about women composers from Venezuela and Cuba, but at that moment I did not realize the full impact of her concept. Beethoven was, after all, a man who espoused and defended the ideals of liberty and justice; the famed anecdote tells of his tearing the original dedication of his Third […]