Like water dashed from flowers… given NYC premiere by Ana Cervantes on November 17

10649908_10154803100720644_2559681895381466296_n Pianist Ana Cervantes will give the New York premiere of my …like water dashed from flowers…, a piece that borrows elements from the folkloric song La Zandunga and Nahuatl poetry translated into Spanish. The piece is somewhat demanding and includes aspects of ritual and song, where the pianist is asked at times to recite text, sing, play a rattle, stomp her foot (wearing ankle bells), or utilize other extended techniques, often while playing the piano at the same time.

The piece was composed as part of a multi-composer commissioning project and CD recording entitled Song of the Monarch: Women in Mexico. Nearly 20 composers from around the world were commissioned to respond to the theme, which conflates the varied historical roles played by women in Mexican history and the annual autumn migration of Monarch butterflies into Mexico.

Ana premiered the piece at the Cervantino Festival in Guanajuato, Mexico in 2010.
The details of the current performance are:

Americas Society
680 Park Avenue
New York, NY
November 17, 2014
7:00 p.m.

Admission: FREE for AS Members; $20 for non-members. No additional fees will be charged when purchasing online. $10 student tickets will be available for purchase at the door with ID.

Repertoire

Silvia Berg (Brazil) El sueño … el vuelo (2010)
Joelle Wallach (USA) Lágrimas y locuras, mapping the mind of a madwoman (2011)
Alba Potes (Colombia/US) Desde el aire: seais instantes (2010)
Paul Barker (UK) La Malinche (2010)
Charles B. Griffin (USA) …like water dashed from flowers… (2010)
Horacio Uribe (Mexico) El viaje nocturno de Quetzalpapálotl (2010)
Jack Fortner (USA) Retrato de Malintzin (2010)
Georgina Derbez (Mexico) Un vuelo para Ana (2011)
Anne LeBaron (USA) Creación de las Aves (2011)
Gabriela Ortiz (Mexico) Preludio y Estudio (2011)

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CBG2_WPRKOriginally from New York, Charles Griffin returned to the U.S. in 2010 to take a position at Florida's Full Sail University as course director of Advanced Music Composition in their MPBS program, after spending 5 years living and working in Latvia. His compositions and arrangements have been performed at festivals and concert halls throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, Brazil, Cuba, and Puerto Rico.

He is also a radio show host on 91.5 WPRK FM. His show Zero Crossings incorporates live interviews with composers, conductors and performers with a focus on the local contemporary art music scene.

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