Murmuring in Comala to be performed at 43rd annual Cervantino Festival in Guanajuato, Mexico by pianist Ana Cervantes, October 15, 2015

980-anacervantespianoOn October 15 at 5PM in the Salón del Consejo Universitario in the principal building of the University of Guanajuato, pianist Ana Cervantes will perform a program titled Exposición/ReExposición (in English, Exposition/Recapitulation): a kind of retrospective consisting of pieces she’s interpreted over the course of her 15 years studying, working and living in Mexico. This program is a Recapitulation –necessarily brief— of some of the music which she has commissioned or premiered, including music of Georgina Derbez, Gabriela Ortiz, Jack Fortner, Alex Shapiro, Mario Lavista, Stephen McNeff, and Tomás Marco, among others. My contribution to the program will be a solo piano work entitled Murmuring in Comala, originally commissioned by Ana as part of a multi-composer project to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the publication of Pedro Paramo, an important proto-magical-realist novel by Mexican author Juan Rulfo. She premiered at the 34th Festival Internacional Cervantino in October 2006 and subsequestly recorded the work on compact disc.

Rulfo’s striking sonic palette (groaning wheels, rattling windows, falling rain and murmuring ghosts), echoes the complex narrative unfolding, where we rarely know whose voice we are hearing initially. Just as sounds imply someone making them, we recognize the voices peripherally, like registering a ghost image. We discover whose voice it was rather than whose voice it is. We must resist the temptation to steamroll through these difficult passages because these veiled voices are so crucial to our understanding. Equally striking is the novel’s non-linear conception of time. It flowers slowly in multiple directions. This is a lovely analog to music, which is surprisingly multidirectional: we listen ahead and backward simultaneously, constantly reinterpreting each new musical gesture by placing it in its previous context and anticipating its direction.

The White House Overture receives local premiere at the Global Peace Film Festival, October 1 & 3

GPFFThe new documentary film about one of the most unique venues in Orlando will receive its local premiere screening at the Global Peace Film Festival on October 1 and 3 in Orlando.

Benoit Glazer and his wife built a concert hall in their Orlando home to share unique experiences of music and art with everyone. Montréal-born Benoit Glazer has been making music professionally since 1981. He is a trumpet player, arranger and a conductor for Cirque du Soleil, La Nouba in Orlando, Florida. His love for music runs deep, so deep, in 2007 he and his wife built a concert hall in their house. Just about every Sunday night strangers (who become friends) gather in their living room to share a unique experience of music and art. Admission is a dish, snacks or a bottle of wine. They’ve hosted over 400 concerts, musicians from 24 countries along with 300 artists. The Timucua white house is quickly becoming a cultural icon in Orlando.

Director, Screenwriter, Cinematographer and Editor Steve Radley graduated in communications from the University of Wisconsin. He has produced and directed short video web vignettes for various companies.

The documentary opens and closes with excerpts from my string quartet, Set Fire to Have Light, which was performed at the White House during the time the documentary was being filmed in May 2013.
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Tambuco performs The Persistence of Past Chemistries at the Festival Présences 2015 in Paris on February 18

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The Mexico-based percussion ensemble Tambuco will give the French premiere of my The Persistence of Past Chemistries as part of Radio France’s multi-week Présences 2015 Festival at the Maison de la radio – Studio 104 in Paris on February 18 at 8pm. Information in French follows below:

Qu’y a-t-il de commun entre les musiques contemporaines et traditionnelles ? Réponse durant ce concert tissé par les membres de TM+ et les quatre percussionnistes de l’ensemble mexicain Tambuco. Les deux pièces où fusionnent les deux ensembles sont signées de deux compositeurs qui ont réussi à traduire leurs généalogies musicales dans un véritable langage de création. Autrement dit, rien à voir avec la soupe froide d’un mauvais compromis.

Le Mexicain Javier Alvarez est un féru de nouvelles technologies dont l’univers poudroie d’inventions, d’atmosphères étranges, d’influences latines et caraïbes. Alexandros Markeas lui ressemble : passionné de multimédia et d’improvisation, il sait également user des matériaux sonores de sa Grèce natale. Une autre Amérique du Sud se fait jour avec le compositeur Januibe Tejera qui puise dans les rythmes des dialectes ancestraux des indiens brésiliens pour inventer un langage musical d’aujourd’hui. Tandis que le New Yorkais Charles Griffin aborde la rémanence des alchimies passées qui résonnent dans les percussions, toutes de bois, de Tambuco.

Alexandros Markeas
Conlon’s Dream pour 2 ensembles

Charles B. Griffin
The Persistence of Past Chemistries pour ensemble de percussions

Januibe Tejera
Flashforward II pour flûte, clarinette, trompette, cor, percussions, violon, violoncelle et électronique (CM-CRF)

Javier Alvarez
Metal de corazones pour 2 ensembles

Ensembles TM+ et Tambuco
Laurent Cuniot direction

Ce concert est à écouter pendant un mois sur France Musique Gratuit le soir du concert pour les moins de 28 ans, sur présentation d’une carte d’identité et selon les places disponibles. Tarif unique : 5 € (placement libre)

“Out of nothingness” and Pieta performed on CF2 Sacred Sounds concert at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Orlando on January 25

CFCF-Sacred-4Local composers present world premieres and recently composed music for a variety of sacred faith traditions. Featuring the Cathedral Choir and Orlando Deanery Boychoir and Girls Choir of the Cathedral Church of St Luke – Orlando, FL. Featuring organist Ben Lane, trumpeter Benoit Glazer and other musical guests. A collaboration between St. Luke’s and the Central Florida Composers Forum, composers include Ben Lane, Charlie Griffin, Stan Cording, Keith Lay, Carl MaultsBy, Glenn Osbourne and Benoit Glazer.

The Central Florida Composers Forum and the Cathedral Church of St. Luke proudly announce Sacred Sounds, a collaborative concert of contemporary spiritual music. Under the direction of Benjamin Lane, spiritual and sacred music will be performed by the adult choirs of the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, along with their Orlando Deanery Boychoir, Girls’ Choir. Guest instrumentalists include cellist Shona McFadyen-Mungall and the Orlando Brass Quintet (Rick Ingoglia and Ken Cutler, trumpets; Michael Barr, French horn; Ben Kon trombone; and William Miller, Tuba). Admission is free.

This will be a fascinating, diverse, and emotionally moving program. Carl MaultsBy’s “I Hear Music in the Air” for children’s choir and organ is based upon and evokes the rich history of U.S. slave spirituals, while Keith Lay’s “Wonderous Love” is a 20th century arrangement of the 19th century Southern folk hymn that expresses awe at the love of God.

Benjamin Lane’s epic and joyful “Te Deum” for choir, organ and brass quintet, Michael Miller and Benjamin Lane’s collaborative “Let the People Praise You” for choir, organ, and brass quintet, and Stan Cording’s celebratory “Praise Ye the Lord” for choir and organ all evoke the celebratory and triumphal side of much sacred music while Glenn Osbourne’s chromatic “God, Your Golden Doorway Beckons” for children’s choir and piano highlights a more reflective side of the sacred.

I have two works on this program, a setting of Rainer Maria Rilke’s “Pieta” for solo mezzo soprano, cello and organ, and “Out of nothingness,” for choir, organ and percussion, which weaves together fragments of poetic texts by various Sufi mystics and evokes non-Western spiritual dance traditions that rely on trance states.

Benoit Glazer’s “Into the Light (Prelude and Fugue in C minor)” for trumpet and organ was written specifically for this concert and marries elements of the improvisatory spirit of Jazz with the rigor of baroque counterpoint as found in the work of the Baroque master of church music, J.S. Bach.

Always Park Free. You can now park anytime 24/7 in the Regions Tower Garage. Entering the up-ramp on Washington, receive an Entrance ticket. At the Cathedral, pick up an Exit ticket from an usher. Using the two tickets, exit the garage free of charge. And street meters are still free all day on Sundays.

The Persistence of Past Chemistries performed at University of Michigan, January 20, 2015

The University of Michigan Percussion Ensemble (Joseph Gramley and Jonathan Ovalle, directors), will perform my The Persistence of Past Chemistries at the University of Michigan Hill Auditorium on January 20, 2015 at 8PM. Other works on the program include Germaine Taillefere’s two-piano/four percussion Hommage a Rameau, Pierre Boulez’s Improvisation sur Mallarme I & II, and Zivkovic’s Trio Per Uno.

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)

Die Freudenkrone: Ehrerbietung zu J.S. Bach performed in Riga’s Dome Cathedral, August 29,

BACHMy Die Freudenkrone: Ehrerbietung zu J.S. Bach for Choir, Organ and Timpani will be performed August 29 at the Riga’s Dome Cathedral by the choir Intis (directed by Ilze Valce), percussionist Normunds Everts and organist Lotars Džeriņš as part of a larger, 7-concert series in the three Latvian cities of Riga, Liepaja and Jurmala devoted to the music of JS Bach and music inspired by him. Commissioned by the City of Liepāja for organist Lotars Džeriņš to premiere at the VI International Organ Music Festival in Liepāja, Latvia in 2007, the title of this work translates to The Crown of Joy: Homage to J.S. Bach. The title derives from the text from the chorale movement (verse six) of Bach’s Cantata BMV 103. For this piece, I used that chorale melody (with my own harmonization), along with fragments taken from his toccata and fugue in D dorian (BMV 538).
The program for the entire concert series (in Latvian) was uploaded here:

The White House Overture premieres at the Montreal World Film Festival, August 23-24

white_house_oThe new documentary film about one of the most unique venues in Orlando will receive it’s premiere screening at the Montreal World Film Festival on August 23rd and 24th.

About
Benoit Glazer and his wife built a concert hall in their Orlando home to share unique experiences of music and art with everyone.
Description
Montréal-born Benoit Glazer has been making music professionally since 1981. He is a trumpet player, arranger and a conductor for Cirque du Soleil, La Nouba in Orlando, Florida. His love for music runs deep, so deep, in 2007 he and his wife built a concert hall in their house. Just about every Sunday night strangers (who become friends) gather in their living room to share a unique experience of music and art. Admission is a dish, snacks or a bottle of wine. They’ve hosted over 400 concerts, musicians from 24 countries along with 300 artists. The Timucua white house is quickly becoming a cultural icon in Orlando.
Production Team
Director : Steve Radley
Screenwriter : Steve Radley
Cinematographer : Steve Radley
Editor : Steve Radley
Film production and Sales : Prod.: Steve Radley, Restless Realm Films, 1135 Summerlin Ave. Orlando, Floride (États-Unis), tél.: 407-758-0268, sradley@me.com
Director
Steve Radley graduated in communications from the University of Wisconsin. He has produced and directed short video web vignettes for various companies.
Projections
Saturday August 23, 2014 – 12:40 PM – CINÉMA QUARTIER LATIN 15
Saturday August 23, 2014 – 07:30 PM – CINÉMA QUARTIER LATIN 15
Sunday August 24, 2014 – 04:40 PM – CINÉMA QUARTIER LATIN 15

The documentary opens and closes with excerpts from my string quartet, Set Fire to Have Light, which was performed at the White House during the time the documentary was being filmed in May 2013.

…like water dashed from flowers… receives premiere in Bogotá, Colombia on November 30

Cervantes_MonarcaAs part of her tour to promote an upcoming CD release, pianist Ana Cervantes will give the Columbia 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. Other composers on the program include Anne LeBaron (USA), Georgina Derbez, Gabriela Ortiz, and Mario Lavista (México), Alba Potes (Colombia), Silvia Cabrera Berg (Brazil), Horacio Uribe (México) and Tomás Marco (Spain).

Ana premiered the piece at the Cervantino Festival in Guanajuato, Mexico last year. This performance will take place at El Teatro Mayor on November 30 at 8PM in Bogotá, Colombia.

set fire to have light performed at the Orlando White House by principals of the Orlando Philharmonic

rimmaTop string players from the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra come together to play my string quartet, set fire to have light, along with music by award-winning, local composers.

CF2 (Central Florida Composers Forum) is organizing a concert for string quartet and other local musicians, featuring the talents of Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra musicians Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, Alex Stevens, Mauricio Cespedes and David Bjella.

The concert will take place on May 12th, 2013 (7:30 PM) at the White House in Orlando.

The White House is the perfect venue for chamber music concerts, since it is in a private home. The Timucua Arts Foundation, led by Benoit Glazer (Conductor at La Nouba, Cirque du Soleil), has been serving the Central Florida community through FREE concerts at his home for over 12 years. The venue contains balcony-seating, modern art by local artists, and state of the art recording technology. It can comfortably accommodate 160 seated guests, but has hosted up to 220 people in a single concert.

Featured composers include Thad Anderson, Benoit Glazer, Eric Brook, Charles Griffin, Keith Lay, Danny McIntyre, Tim Stulman, and Karen Van Duyne.