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Gallos y Huesos: New Opera by Pablo Ortiz

Americas Society

June 2, 2014
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Music of the Americas, in collaboration with the Centro de Experimentación del Teatro Colón, presents the US premiere of Pablo Ortiz's chamber opera Gallos y huesos (Roosters and Bones). The hypnotic, repetitive libretto of New York-based writer Sergio Chejfec and the mesmerizing video art by renowned Argentine visual artist Eduardo Stupía set the stage for Ortiz's luminescent musical tonalities. Argentine harpist Lucrecia Jancsa joins critically acclaimed New York-based vocal ensemble Meridionalis, led by Americas Society's Music Director Sebastián Zubieta.

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Excerpts from Gallos y Huesos

The poet writes: “The scene that the poems describe is marked by repetition: the meal in solitude, chewing the meat and gnawing the bones, to leave the bones in the sink in the kitchen, and permanent allusions to the physical and moral virtues of fighting roosters, and to the scenery and ambiance of the pits, obviously death. One of the points into which the poems delve is the morphology of the rooster. Do they have a back? What is neck and what is head? The text suggests that it has arms and not wings. The poems are organized as variations on leitmotifs.” 

And the composer writes: “It is, at the very least, original, in terms of subject matter! I find that the almost obsessive, repetitive quality of the poems brings about different grey tonalities, with more or less luminescence (the harp, the high voices) and the occasional opaque moment.”

Excerpts from Gallos y Huesos

Pablo Ortiz was Ars Nova Copenhangen’s composer in residence for the 2012-13 season. Gallos y Huesos will soon be recorded to complete a CD of his music, featuring his Notker and Five Motets. He is professor of music at the University of California at Davis, and a specialist on the tango.

Sergio Chejfec lives in New York City, and his novels have been compared to the work of German writer W. G. Sebald. Read more about him.

Eduardo Stupía recently exhibited in London's Rosenfeld Porcini gallery. Read a review of the exhibition in the New York Times.

This production is a part of SubletSeries@HERE, HERE's curated rental program, which provides artists with subsidized space and equipment, as well as technical support.

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