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Music of the Americas: En Casa and Recuerdos, June 1–5

Americas Society

June 1 - 5, 2020


P. Sasaki (Image: Musuk Nolte)

Music of the Americas continues its online video series En Casa  (At Home), featuring original daily performances with musicians from around the Americas, and Recuerdos (Memories), weekly releases of memorable past performances at the Americas Society, some for the first time.

Follow Music of the Americas on  Instagram,  YouTube,  Facebook, and Twitter  to watch and receive notifications of all the performances. We will also be publishing weekly calendars here on our website, including all the videos, so you can catch up on any performances you might have missed.

Monday, June 1, 10 a.m.
En Casa: Stephanie Griffin 
Facebook: @MomentaQuartet, @gordonbeeferman

Prolific composer and talented musician, Stephanie Griffin has spoiled us again with another video for our series. We have included her notes on her piece. In addition, please enjoy her most recent video with the En Casa series where she performed Telemann’s Fantasia No.7.

En Casa: Stephanie Griffin – Fantasia No.7 (Telemann)

En Casa: Gordon Beeferman – “Garota de Itaparica”
(Stephanie Griffin)

Composer Notes: Stephanie Griffin
“Garota de Itaparica” (“The Girl from Itaparica”, 2019)
Composed at the Instituto Sacatar in Itaparica, Brazil and dedicated to Gordon Beeferman

"Last summer I spent two months at the idyllic Instituto Sacatar on the island of Itaparica in Bahia, Brazil," writes Stephanie Griffin. "While I was there, I took some lessons with a local Candomblédrummer named Luis. I was completely baffled by a rhythm he taught me, which turned out to be two rhythms! As I tried to reconcile these two rhythms on the keyboard in my studio, “Garota de Itaparica” (The Girl from Itaparica) emerged. As the piece developed, I realized I was also influenced by the music of my favorite composer and pianist Gordon Beeferman, so I dedicated it to him. "


Tuesday, June 2, 10 a.m.
En Casa: Pauchi Sasaki
Facebook: @pauchi.sasaki

Moved to Friday, June 5.


Wednesday, June 3, 10 a.m.
En Casa: René Izquierdo
Facebook: @rene.izquierdo

Cuban guitarist, active solo performer, chamber musician, and current professor of classical guitar at the Wisconsin State University, René Izquierdo adds his own virtual performance to our En Casa series for the first time. 

En Casa: René Izquierdo- Sonata in A Major, K.208 (Scarlatti)


Thursday, June 4, 10 a.m.
En Casa: Zaira Meneses
Facebook: @zaira.meneses.1

Mexican, Boston-based guitarist Zaira Meneses, who is currently on the faculty at NEC Continue Education, Preparatory and special seminar in performance and entrepreneurial techniques at the New England Conservatory, carved out time in her busy schedule to send us our newest addition to the En Casa series.

En Casa: Zaira Meneses – “La Muerte del ángel” (Piazzolla)


Thursday, June 4, 6:30 p.m.
Recuerdos: ¡Tango!

We uncovered musical moments that will sweep you off your feet and inspire you to turn the volume up and clear the living room floor!

Recuerdos: ¡Tango!- Escalandrum and Orquesta Típica Imperial


Friday, June 5, 10 a.m.
En Casa: Pauchi Sasaki
Facebook: @pauchi.sasaki

Pauchi Sasaki is not only a composer and instrument inventor, but also an accomplished violinist which is clear in her most recent video and moving composition for our series. In addition to to her newest En Casa video, please enjoy her performance from December 2017.

Pauchi Sasaki: Speaker Dress (2014)


En Casa: Pauchi Sasaki- Violin, voice, and live processing