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CANCELLED SONiC Festival: Onix Ensamble

Americas Society

October 21, 2015


(Image courtesy of the artists)

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Music of the Americas presents a concert by Onix Ensamble, one of Mexico's leading new music groups, widely recognized for their virtuosity and innovative musical interpretations. Led by flutist Alejandro Escuer and including clarinetist Fernando Domínguez, cellist Edgardo Espinosa, violinist Abel Romero, and pianist Edith Ruiz, Onix celebrates its 20th anniversary this season with concerts in Mexico and international tours. Their repertoire spans a wide spectrum, ranging from the most recent trends in new music to classics of the 20th century. The ensemble has released five albums and premiered several pieces written expressly for them.

This concert is part of the 2015 SONiC Festival, a production of American Composers Orchestra which celebrates the music of composers under the age of 40.

About Onix

Mexican flutist Alejandro Escuer, who founded Onix in 1996, has been the artistic director and producer of more than 100 concerts with more than 60 premieres in Mexico, Japan, United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Hungary, Austria, Australia, Argentina, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Costa Rica, to name a few. He has received numerous prizes and awards, including: a Rockefeller Foundation Award; first prize at the National Interpreters Competition INBA in 1986 and 1987; The National Scholarship Award for the Arts, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México (UNAM) in 1989, 1991, and 1995; and Líderes de México Honorary Award in 1998; as well as various awards and fellowships from Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (FONCA). He is a full-time tenured faculty at the Escuela Nacional de Musica at UNAM and has given master classes and lectures throughout the Americas. He was a Fulbright scholar at Indiana University. Escuer holds degrees from Conservatorio Nacional de Música and UNAM. He obtained his Masters degree from Sweelinck Conservatorium Amsterdam and his doctorate from New York University.

About the SONiC Festival

Heralded in its inaugural edition in 2011 as “a brilliant and unpretentious showcase for music in the new millennium” (The Guardian), SONiC (Sounds of a New Century) is a festival of 21st century music by more than 60 composers age 40 and under. SONiC returns to New York from Thursday, October 15 through Friday, October 23, 2015. Produced by American Composers Orchestra, SONiC events range from a daylong marathon to late-night AfterHours concerts, from a free symphony concert at Brookfield Place Winter Garden to collaborations between emerging choreographers and composers. SONiC concerts take place at venues throughout New York City, and include performances by 13 extraordinary ensembles featuring at least 19 world premieres, three U.S. premieres, and 14 New York premieres. 


Victor Ibarra (Mexico) Química del Agua (2015) *US premiere
Travis Alford (USA) Cycles (2012)
Charles Halka (USA) Por la fuerza las tierras (2010) *US premiere
Francisco Cortés-Álvarez (Mexico) Callejones Virtales/Virtual Alleys (2010) *US premiere
Juan Pablo Contreras (Mexico) Silencio en Juárez (2011)
Armando Luna (Mexico) Pasatiempo Concertante (in memoriam)


Onix Ensamble produced by Espacio Vinculacióon Artística on Vimeo.