Winds of Change - The Environment with new commissions by Kevin James and Bruce Odland
Bruce Odland, an award-winning composer of sound installations, theater, dance and film scores has created a new work for the Quintet "World Winds". This "sonification" uses data in real time on the earth's air currents (http://earth.nullschool.net/) as a source for musical expression performed by the wind instruments.
The programs will include poems about the earth by Ralph Waldo Emerson. See upcoming concerts for these programs in Queens at West End Temple in Neponsit, Beacon Rehab in Rockaway Park, the Queens Botanical Garden, the Salvation Army in Jackson Heights, and Rockaway Waterfront Alliance's RISE. NOTE: Special concert in Manhattan on June 14th at 7:00PM at the National Opera Center in Manhattan.
Photo caption: Gina Cuffari working with composer Bruce Odland
Quintet celebrates 40 years since its founding in Bogotá, Colombia
The Quintet will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its founding with a concert on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016 at 7:00PM at the Salvation Army in Jackson Heights, Queens. The concert will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Colombian composer, Jorge Olaya Muñoz, the founder of SAYCO (the equivalent of ASCAP in Latin America).
Our special 40th anniversary concert will feature a number of dances by Jorge Olaya Muñoz, Retrospectives and Dreamers' March by Harold Gutiérrez, and Judah Adashi's Songs and Dances of Macondo inspired by Gabriel García Márquez' One Hundred Years of Solitude.
In 2015 the Quintet commissioned Harold Gutiérrez to write a piece for our Memory Project based on interviews with seniors from the Latino community in Corona, Queens. We are pleased to be presenting again the resulting work, Retrospectives. The Quintet will be joined by special guests, students from the P.S. 69 Jackson Heights School orchestra, for a performance of Dreamers' March, also written for us in 2015. Photo of rehearsal for premiere of Dreamer's March with the Corona Children's Orchestra. (Composer on right at back in yellow sweater.)
Two Exciting Projects for the 2016-17 season!
The Quintet will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Ella Fitzgerald's birth with eight free performances between January and June 2017. We are excited to welcome jazz vocalist Renée Manning and trombonist/arranger Earl McIntyre as guest artists for these concerts. Music will include works by Ellington, Jimmy Heath, Louis Armstrong, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Earl McIntyre, Renee Manning, and others. Be sure to look for these free concerts at Bayside Senior Center, Elm-Cor Senior Center, Langston Hughes Library and Cultural Center in Corona, Beacon Rehab Center in Rockaway Park, Brooklyn Conservatory in Park Slope, Prospect Hill Senior Center (in the South Slope) and Eileen Dugan Senior Center in Cobble Hill in Brooklyn.
Quintet receives CMA award for residency in the rockaways
The Quintet has received a 2015-16 Residency Partnership Program Award for an extended residency in the Rockaways. Chamber Music America is the national service organization for chamber music professionals. CMA membership includes thousands of individual musicians, ensembles, presenters, artist managers, composers, educators and others in the national chamber music community. CMA's Residency Partnership Program takes ensemble music out of the concert hall and into the community. The program supports creative collaborations between chamber music professionals and community organizations, bringing interactive performances and music education to new audiences across the country. The Quintet's residency, supported by the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund, is organized in partnership with the Rockaway Artists Alliance, P.S. 114 Belle Harbor School, Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, West End Temple, and Beacon Rehabilitiation and Nursing Center. Our first residency activity takes place on Saturday, September 17th at 4:30PM at RAA at Fort Tilden.The residency will include Phase III of the Quintet's Memory Project. Composer Lev 'Ljova' Zhurbin will write a new quintet based on the memories of seniors, many who have immigrated from the Caribbean.
See the Quintet on Youtube
First Memory Project - Bayside Senior Center, Queens, NY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RP0s4XwF8-g
New Memory Project work, "Retrospectives" by Harold Gutierrez on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4iVRrj-iQo
Memory Project post-concert interviews with students and parents from the Corona Youth Orchestra after our premiere performance of "Dreamers' March" for solo quintet and youth orchestra by Harold Gutierrez https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYWhS2PhZFA
New NYSCA Commission "Variable Winds" by Daniel Ott on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQAKs__qfNc
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The Quintet announces the release of its exciting new recording, SOUNDS OF BRAZIL, on the MSR label. The music includes choros, lullabies and songs by Gaudencio Thiago de Mello who performs with the Quintet on his unique organic percussion from the Amazon. Thiago plays with the Quintet on works by Ernesto Nazareth and Pixinguinha as well. The Quintet is proud to include Changes, a work they commissioned by Brazilian-American pianist and composer Marcelo Zarvos. Rounding out the CD is Ventos, another Quintet commission by a gifted young composer on the New York scene, Ricardo Romaneiro. Guest artists include Blair McMillen on piano and Scott Kuney on guitar.
SOUNDS OF BRAZIL on the MSR Label
Karel Husa Recollections on the New World Records label.
Dancing in Colombia on the MSR Label - 15 Colombian dances including bambucos, pasillos, bundes and paseos.
Self Portrait on the CRI label - avant garde music for Quintet including works by Pauline Oliveros, Elliot Sharp, Amy Rubin, Christopher Culpo and Lee Hyla
Discovering the New World on the MMC label - music from the Carnegie Hall Concert (Louis Ballard, William Thomas McKinley, Roberto Sierra, and "America (Suite Popular)" - Ilan Rechtman).
Souvenirs, 20 Musical Mementos from the New World on the XLNT label - Samuel Barber's "Summer Music" and many Quintet favorites.
Quintet of the Americas visits the New York Hall of Science and Flushing Meadow Park. Hear El Picaflor (also available for download on Amazon from the Dancing in Colombia CD.)
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