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Make Music New York: New Work by Valéria Bonafé

Americas Society

June 21, 2015


Valéria Bonafé, courtesy of the artist.

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Admission: FREE and open to the public.

Music of the Americas returns to Central Park for New York City's outdoor music extravaganza, Make Music New York, in a world premiere performance of a new Americas Society-commissioned piece by Brazilian composer Valéria Bonafé. 

About the work

The new piece by Bonafé, entitled "I am at Dalehead Arch, making a personal trajectory of listening," is site-specific, designed to complement the environment of the park, creating a path for audience members to follow and get close to the performers.


Martha Cargo bass flute
Carlos Cordeiro bass clarinet
Jessica Meyer viola
Michael Haas cello
Andrew Trombley double bass
Russell Greenberg percussion
JP Schlegelmilch accordion
Kirsten Sollek voice


About the composer

Valéria Bonafé was born in São Paulo in 1984. She studied composition at the University of São Paulo (USP) with Aylton Escobar and Silvio Ferraz and attended masterclasses with Emmanuel Nunes, Tristan Murail, Stefano Gervasoni, and Mario Garuti. Her works have been performed at contemporary music concerts and festivals such as SONiC Festival (New York), Le mois des compositeurs (Marseille, France), highSCORE (Pavia, Italy), Música Nova Festival (São Paulo, Brazil) and Bienal de Música Contemporânea Brasileira (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). She finished her master's degree in 2011 and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Musicology at USP under professor Marcos Branda Lacerda.

Camerata Aberta premieres Bonafé's LAN at Americas Society in 2011.

History of Music of the Americas at Make Music New York

Make Music New York, a music festival based on France's "Fête de la Musique," takes place every year on June 21, the longest day of the year. Inspired by the event's French slogan "Faites de la musique!," Make Music New York presents more than 1,000 free concerts by professional and amateur musicians throughout the city on the first day of summer. In the past few editions of the festival, Music of the Americas has organized the performance of works by R. Murray Shaefer for a chorus of 100 singers and 12 trombonists (2013), and gathered 40 flutists for a performance of Henry Brant's Mass in Gregorian Chant, conducted by Music of the Americas Director Sebastián Zubieta (2014). Both performances took place in Central Park. 

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