Gabriela Ortiz Aroma Foliado CD

Gabriela Ortiz Aroma Foliado CD

Gabriela Ortiz is a significant composer from Mexico. A couple of years ago, I was fortunate to play on Gabriela Ortiz’s CD called Aroma Foliado. I played percussion on the first track, Elegía (1991). The CD was nominated for a Latin Grammy and featured a lot of great performances. Be sure to check out the final track which features a piece for steel pan and two harps. Below is the personnel listing and the program notes for the piece. Be sure to check out the sample tracks on the Southwest Chamber site. PERSONNEL 1. Elegía (1991) 15:38 Elissa Johnston, Sharon Harms, Laura Mercado Wright & Ayana Haviv, Sopranos Lisa Edelstein, flute/piccolo/alto David Johnson, timpani Ken McGrath & Dave Gerhart, percussion Alison Bjorkedal, harp Phillip Bush, piano/celesta Shalini Vijayan, violin Kira Blumberg, viola Peter Jacobson, cello Tom Peters, double bass Jeff von der Schmidt, conductor PROGRAM NOTES Southwest Chamber Music continues its vibrant association with the musical life of Mexico with its newest album, Aroma Foliado. A musical portrait of composer Gabriela Ortiz, five important works are represented from her colorful and diverse output ranging from 1991 to 2010. Funded by Mexico’s FONCA, Aroma Foliado is a unique and rare collaboration between a Mexican composer and an American ensemble. The disc includes vocal soloists baritone Evan Hughes singing Rio Bravo and four sopranos in Ortiz’s deeply moving Elegia: Elissa Johnston, Sharon Harms, Laura Mercado-Wright and Ayana Haviv. Inspired by a string quartet by Mozart, the title track of the album is Aroma Foliado which alternates from dream seqeunces to pounding Mexican rhythms. Two works celebrate the rivers flowing through Mexican culture. Río Bravo for baritone is accompanied by 6 carefully tuned cystal wine goblets and solo violinist Lorenz Gamma. The legendary Mexican river Papaloapan inspires the magical sonorities of two harps and steel drum in Río de las Mariposas. The disc concludes with the aerobic athleticism of Atlas Pumas, a recreation of a major soccer match for violin and marimba, excitingly performed by Shalini Vijayan and Lynn...
VIVA 21ST CENTURY – Harmonic Canon Streams

VIVA 21ST CENTURY – Harmonic Canon Streams...

On Saturday, December 27, 2014, I was featured on WPRB 103.3 FM (New Jersey) on Marvin Rosen’s Classical Discoveries VIVA 21ST CENTURY. I performed Steve Kornicki’s Harmonic Canon Streams (2006). Listen here: Click Here for more information about composer Steve Kornicki. Click Here for more information about Marvin Rosen’s Classical...
New Release: Tempo Distortion #4 – Single

New Release: Tempo Distortion #4 – Single...

I am proud to announce that I have a new single that was released on iTunes and CDBaby. The piece is called Tempo Distortion #4 and was written by my friend and composer Steve Kornicki. Tempo Distortion #4 is a conceptual study in simultaneously occurring patterns in different tempi for solo marimba and pre-recorded and processed marimba sounds. Check it out and let me know what you think. Thanks for your continued...
Samba de los Changitos

Samba de los Changitos

I just got the recording back from UT Austin and I am very happy about the performances of my tunes with the UT Steel Band. Check out the recordings of Samba de los Changitos and PanSon. Thanks again Tom Burritt and David Saad! Samba de los Changitos will be published this Spring. PanSon is available from Bachovich Music Publications. Please feel free to contact me if you have any...
Tibetan Singing Bowl Samples

Tibetan Singing Bowl Samples

As I mentioned in a previous post that I am performing an improvisation concert on Friday, February 2. The concert will feature over 50 Tibetan Singing Bowls. Carolyn Bremer has graciously shared some of the audio samples that I talked about in that post. Here are three sounds samples below. Enjoy!       For more information about the concert, visit the FaceBook Event Page. The concert is free and if you have a Tibetan bowl, please bring it with you! Tibetan Bowl Samples by Carolyn Bremer is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. The photo in this post is used under the Creative Commons License: Attribution – NonCommercial – No Derivs 2.0 by reway2007 on...