CHALLENGE MET! QUINTET RECEIVED NEA GRANT for MEMORY PROJECT STAGE 2!
Thanks to our wonderful contributors, we have met our match for our $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for a new Memory Project.
New works by Harold Gutierrez, "Retrospectives" for wind quintet and "Dreamer's March" for quintet and youth orchestra were premiered at the Flushing
Library on March 1st to a full house! We had a terrific collaboration with the Corona Children's Orchestra and will play with them again in June at the Queens Museum.
Quintet performing Retrospectives with video of seniors
photographer, Neshi Galindo
Meet The 2014-15 Memory Project Composer Harold Gutiérrez
Harold Gutiérrez began his musical studies at the Conservatory of the National University of Colombia and the Academy of Arts in Bogota with emphasis on Caribbean-Latin American music. Since 2001 in New York, he has been musical director for the Society of the Educational Arts (SEA), an organization that seeks to celebrate the Spanish-American culture in the United States and Puerto Rico through bilingual musical theater. Working with SEA in 2011, Gutiérrez wrote the score for the musical "DC-7 The Roberto Clemente Story," winner of 6 ACE Awards and 2 HOLA Awards in New York, with almost 100 performances in New York, Washington DC and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Since 2002 he has also been the composer and musical director of the "Ballet Folklorico Mestizo". During the last decade, Gutiérrez has been active as a composer, arranger, pianist, session musician and educator in the United States. He is recipient of many prizes including first place in the competition of the League of Composers in Long Island, New York (2009), and the award of "Theory and Composition Leo Kraft" award (2011 - the City University of New York). In 2012, his work Alboroque was a finalist in the National Symphonic Composition Competition in Colombia.
He is currently professor of piano, theory and composition at the Conservatory i-School of Long Island, New York. He has an undergraduate degree and master's degree in classical composition at the Aaron Copland School of Music - Queens College, City University of New York, under the guidance of Bruce Saylor (Juilliard School), Hubert Howe (Princeton University) Henry Burnett ( CUNY) and William Rothstein (Yale University). His music has been performed by internationally renowned musicians in various scenarios of the United States, Europe and Latin America.
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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.
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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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