Dear Friends of Quintet of the Americas, YOU did it! We made the match, raising over $3500 and we have received the $10,000 gift from Bloomberg Philanthropies. THANK YOU YOU SO MUCH! Your gifts have helped support the MEMORY PROJECT.
Quintet Launches the Memory Project
While searching for new composers to commission, our clarinetist Nick Gallas suggested Lembit Beecher and described his work And Then I Remember, based on stories told by the composer's grandmother. This gave us the idea for the "Memory Project," three pieces we would commission based on memories told to us and the composers in interviews with our audiences at Bayside Senior Center, Elm-Cor Senior Center in Elmhurst and seniors at the Salvation Army in Jackson Heights. We matched each composer to a group of seniors: Lembit with the folks at Bayside, Carl MaultsBy with the seniors at Elm-Cor and Lev "Ljova" Zhurbin with the seniors in Jackson Heights.
The Quintet received a Chamber Music America Residency grant for the Quintet's activities, and the project was launched in the fall of 2012. The Quintet introduced the concept by playing concerts of music important to each Quintet member. This was followed by meetings at each center with the composers and Quintet members interviewing the seniors. We made a video so pictures of the seniors could be used to accompany the new works. These seniors had heard the Quintet perform many times but now we had a chance to get to know their stories!
The seniors' interest in inter-generational projects inspired us to expand the project into the Renaissance Charter School in Jackson Heights and the Langston Hughes Library after-school program. We performed concerts and held workshops with the students on composition. Ljova has written us a new piece to perform with students in Jackson Heights and the students in the afterschool program made instruments and composed pieces to perform on our concert at Langston Hughes Library.
The composers have finished the new works and we were thrilled to be premiering them at each center. See Concerts for details. As a result of the interviews, we have developed a stronger bond with our special audience of seniors. They, in turn, have had the opportunity to form a bond with a composer. They are as excited as we are to hear the new works, "their new works".
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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.
See the Quintet on Youtube
Save the date: Thursday, Novembre 21, 2013 at 7 PM
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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