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Music of the Americas 2019 Spring Preview

Collage of artists performing at Music of the Americas 2019 Spring program

February 08, 2019

Images (clockwise from top left): Manuel Vilas (courtesy) Rocío de Frutos (courtesy)Kopernikus (Sergio Policicchio), Eric Umble (Hajnal Pivnick).

On February 12, in their Music of the Americas debut, the ensemble Tenth Intervention will present a chamber music program "Colectivo: Music from Cuba and New York," including pieces by composers living in Cuba and New York City.

Tenth Intervention is equal parts presenting organization, music series and artist collective in New York City. As "ambassadors of modern music" (Interlochen Public Radio), they present bold and progressive concerts that explore the intersection of performance, experiential art, and its potential to reflect social issues. Founded in 2012 by violinist Hajnal Pivnick and composer/pianist Dorian Wallace, the group forms with the purpose of creating new work in a highly collaborative environment. Together with composers and other artists, the group produces programs that expand the reach of music to be pioneering, diverse, and community-focused.

Hajnal Pivnick and Eric Umble, Marcos Balter's à vis (2007)

On March 5, also in their Music of the Americas debut, El Tuyero Ilustrado—comprising acclaimed cuatro player Edward Ramírez and singer and percussionist Rafa Pino—performs their version of joropo tuyero, a popular musical style resembling the fandango and traditional in the Venezuelan states of Carabobo, Miranda, and Aragua. Ramírez and Pino were brought together by their shared desire to make this rural and traditional style of music accessible to today’s urban audience.

After years of research, they released their self-titled debut album in the fall of 2016, featuring nine original compositions by Pino and Ramírez as well as two traditional selections. Their efforts were rewarded with the Latin Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album in 2017.

"Claro de luna"

On March 25 at St Peter's Church and as part of Carnegie Hall’s Migrations: The Making of America festival, the Gregorio Uribe Big Band—a New York-based, 16-piece orchestra that blends cumbia and other Colombian rhythms with a powerful big-band sound—will highlight Latin American musicians and their contributions in the United States, joined by special guests in Gregorio Uribe’s own compositions, as well as new arrangements of works by Latin American immigrant composers.

"Yo vengo"

On May 9 Peruvian artist Pauchi Sasaki will discuss a recent work in progress, k'uku, a site-specific commission for string quartet, percussion, live electronics, and video (by Nomi Sasaki). The evening will involve a talkback with Pauchi and live performance.

On May 15 and 16 at 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn, Meridionalis and International Contemporary Ensemble will present the New York premiere of Canadian composer Claude Vivier's Kopernikus. In what Vivier described as a "ritual opera of death" the central character—a young woman named Agni—descends into a dreamworld where "mystical beings borrowed from stories, gravitate around her."


On May 28 we will present a showcase of the guitar throughout the Americas, featuring young guitarists in New York City, hailing from Juilliard, Mannes, Hunter College, and Manhattan School of Music. The program will draw from Latin American repertoire. 

On June 17, soprano Rocío de Frutos and harpist Manuel Vilas present a program focusing on the origins of the famous Catholic hymns in both Cuzco and other Quechua-speaking areas of the ancient Viceroyalty of Peru, sung in three languages (Spanish, Latin, and Quechua) and accompanied by harp. This concert is part of GEMAS, a project of Americas Society and Gotham Early Music Scene devoted to early music of the Americas.

"Ojos, pues me desdeñáis"

On June 26we open the 2019 edition of the New York Guitar Seminar with a Leo Brouwer Celebration. During this celebration, Michael Newman and Laura Oltman, of the famed Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo, will perform the world premiere of Brouwer's new guitar duet, El libro de los seres imaginarios. Also performing on this Brouwer tribute concert will be João Luiz (Brazil) and Celil Refik Kaya (Turkey).

Newman-Oltman Guitar Duo and João Luiz perform Luiz's Djavan's Portrait (2018).