Americans in Paris and Back Again - The influence of Nadia Boulanger
Quintet of the Americas will present "Americans in Paris and Back Again" a program that explores the influence of Nadia Boulanger, the famous 20th century composition teacher, on American composers. Boulanger's influence was far and wide with over 1,200 composers coming from all over the world to study with her. In these concerts the Quintet will perform works by Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Elliott Carter, Astor Piazzolla, Irving Fine, and Quincy Jones, all composers who were directly influence by her, as well as music by Bruce Stark, one of the next generation of composers who felt her influence.
`The Quintet will also include an arrangement of "American in Paris" by George Gershwin. Ironically, though Gershwin went to Paris to study with Boulanger, she refused to teach him, claiming he already had a unique style and she couldn't teach him anything! Preparing this concert took us to the Library of Congress to search for a woodwind quintet by one of Boulanger's many female students: Louise Talma.
Watch this space to see if we will be able to perform this woodwind quintet.
Photo caption: Aaron Copland with Nadia Boulanger
The Quintet is thrilled to be working with Lev "Ljova" Zhurbin again! This project will involve working with elementary school recorder players, an elementary school chorus, seniors and a community orchestra in Jackson Heights, Queens. Ljova will work with each group to write a 4-movement piece which will be performed for the whole community in December 2018.
Photo caption: Lev "Ljova" Zhurbin © 2016 by Mark Gurevich / AGMA Photography
The Quintet has been invited to participate in the 31st Festival de la Habana, international contemporary music festival. The festival runs from November 3-11 and the Quintet concert will be on November 6. Watch this space for more information!
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
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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