Tiempo de amor presented in California, Barcelona, and recorded by Patricia Caicedo

Tiempo de amor (Time for Love) (2015) for soprano, tenor and piano, was commissioned by soprano Patricia Caicedo, founder and director of Barcelona Festival of Song.  It was premiered at the Barcelona Festival of Song in July 2015.  Patricia Caicedo recently performed this work at the Biblioteca de Catalunya (Sala Llevant) on December 12, 2016, and at the University of California Riverside on February 1, 2017.  She has recorded this work on CD along with Brazilian tenor Lenine Santos and pianist Nikos Stavlas and is available on Mundo Art Records.

Tiempo de amor (Time for Love) (2015) for soprano, tenor and piano is set to texts by Andalusi poet Ibn Zaydun (1003-1071) and princess Wallada (1011-1091). Both poets were born in Cordoba at the height of the Al-Andalous culture in Spain and were known as the lovers of Cordoba, due to their passionate love relationship. The text used in this work are fragments of the letters they wrote to each other, which have come to us through Wallada in the form of poems.

This song cycle includes six songs that are sung without a break. The tenor (Ibn Zaydun) and soprano (Wallada) sing alternate songs as if it were a dialogue, sometimes questioning each other or commenting on the state of their relationship. The text of the last song are the epitaphs written in a monument in Cordoba dedicated to them.

Extended program notes and text lyrics in Spanish

 

Triomos to perform Voces de mi tierra in Spain and Argentina

Triomos, a young group based in the Netherlands, will present Voces de mi tierra for flute, cello & piano in several concerts in Spain and Argentina.  More details to come.  Promo video of their tour. Recent performance of Voces de mi tierra by Triomos.

2017 USA Tour – Voces mi tierra for piano trio with Trio Nova Mundi

Trio Nova Mundi will perform a series of concerts in the USA featuring Voces de mi tierra for piano trio. Twelve performances  will take place from February through June in Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Oregon, and Washington State.  In addition, this September they performed Voices de mi tierra in three concerts in Michigan.

September 30, 2016, Accents Catalans performance by the Bucheon Philharmonic in Bucheon

A second performance of Accents Catalans (2016), a Symphonic overture based on Catalonian folk music, was performed by the Bucheon Philharmonic with Maestro Youngmin Park in Bucheon on September 30, 2016, 7:30 PM.  Accents Catalans (‘Catalan accents’) was commissioned by The Bucheon Philharmonic of South Korea and Maestro Youngmin Park, and was premiered at the Concert Hall of the Seoul Arts Center during the Orchestra Festival Series on April 10, 2016.  This September concert will replaced the originally scheduled May 12 concert. Maestro Park just released a new CD on SONY records featuring Mahler’s 6th Symphony. 

July 15, 2016, Plaça del Rei, Barcelona, performance of Symphony No 1 for Band (two mov.)

On July 15, 2016, the Banda Municipal de Barcelona conducted by Maestro Salvador Brotons performed the second and last movements of Symphony No. 1 for symphonic band, at the Plaça del Rei in Barcelona.

‘Wandering Spirit’ for vln & pno, was performed on July 2 at MNAC (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya) in Barcelona by Heriberto Fonseca and Keiko Ueno

Wandering Spirit (2013) for violin and piano was recently performed several times in Barcelona by Heriberto Fonseca, violin, and  Keiko Ueno, piano. On July 2, 2016, at MNAC (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya), on June 27 at Puig Pianos, and on April 30 at Sole Luthiers.

Wandering spirit for violin and piano is a musical metaphor for the quest for truth, symbolized musically by moments of discovery, with longing and soaring solo lines in the violin, and moments of struggle marked by dissonant interaction between the violin and the piano. This work ends with a bright major harmony through which both the music resolves and the quest comes to an end.

Published by Friedrich Hofmeister Musikverlag.

June 2016, Barcelona, Symphony No. 1 for Symphonic Band recorded for Naxos by the Banda Municipal de Barcelona with Maestro Brotons

This June, the Banda Municipal de Barcelona conducted by maestro Salvador Brotons recorded for Naxos Elisenda’s Symphony #1 for Symphonic Band. On July 15, two movements from the Symphony were performed at the historic Plaça del Rei in Barcelona on July 15.  Symphony #1 for Symphonic Band was commissioned and premiered by the Banda Municipal de Barcelona on February 8, 2014, at L’Auditori de Barcelona with Maestro Youngmin Park conducting.

April 10, 2016, Seoul Arts Center Orchestra Festival, premiere of ‘Accents Catalans’ by the Bucheon Philharmonic & maestro Youngmin Park

Accents Catalans (‘Catalan accents’), a Symphonic work based on Catalan folk music commissioned by The Bucheon Philharmonic of South Korea and maestro Youngmin Park, was premiered to an enthusiastic audience at the Concert Hall of the Seoul Arts Center during the Orchestra Festival Series on April 10, 2016.

May 13, 2016, IBK Concert Hall (SAC), Ensemble La Mer et L’ille performance of Voces de mi tierra

Ensemble La Mer et L’îlle performed two movements of Voces de mi tierra for violin, cello and piano at IBK Concert Hall of the Seoul Arts Center on June 3 and at Ulleung Island on May 13, 2016. Voces de mi tierra is available from the publisher Friedrich Hofmeister.

Pianist Jinha Park at Kumho Art Hall on May 27 performed Homenatge a Mompou

Pianist Jinha Park offered a piano recital at Kumho Art Hall on May 27, 2016, at 8 PM which included Homenatge a Mompou commissioned and premiered by Dutch pianist Marcel Warms in 2006.  This work was written as an homage to Catalonian composer Federico Mompou, which I had the pleasure to meet and play for back in the late 70s. Jinha’s recital also included works by Beethoven, Chopin and Schumann.
Homenatge a Mompou is published by Friedrich Hofmeister Musikverlag.