November NY Andalus Ensemble/Asefa Events

Early in November, there are several events in the New York Andalus Ensemble family happening. Under the rubric of Asefa Music (the projects of Samuel Torjman Thomas, who directs the NYAE), there are several music lectures in the coming week, in the northeast.

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Granados Celebration Concludes with a Successful Conference

Last week, the conference En ocasión de María del Carmen: Enrique Granados y su época was held at the University of Murcia in Spain, concluding our Granados Celebration programming. Foundation for Iberian Music director and Granados Celebration co-chair Antoni Pizà was a member of the advisory committee for En ocasión de María del Carmen and several of the Foundation’s past and […]

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New Series, Music and Visual Cultures, from Brepols

A new series edited by RCMI director and Graduate Center faculty member Zdravko Blažeković has just had its inaugural volume released by Brepols. The series, Music and Visual Cultures, will include monographs and essay collections on issues of music iconography and relations between music and the visual arts. 

Late Eighteenth-Century Music and Visual Culture, edited by Cliff Eisen and Alan Davidson, is the first book in the series, and it includes an essay by Blažeković himself.

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Antoni Pizà On Radio IB3

Foundation for Iberian Music director Antoni Pizà appeared this past Sunday on Radio IB3’s program La Ruta d’Orfeu, where he met with the host for an informal chat about some selections of music that he has been listening to recently. They discuss Nina Simone, Bach’s chorale Ich ruf zu dir, and the classical works of classical/jazz pianist Friedrich Gulda.

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Angel Gil-Ordoñez’s Recent Lou Harrison Recording Released in Spain

Earlier this year, Naxos released a recording of Lou Harrison works by Washington DC’s PostClassical Ensemble. Lou Harrison is one of the great early American modernist composers, and one of the first composers to incorporate elements of “world” music in his work, an influence which can be heard especially in his Grand Duo for violin and piano. The album, Lou Harrison: Violin Concerto / Grand Duo / Double Music (with John Cage), was recorded live in 2016 and features soloists Tim Fain (violin) and Michael Boriskin (piano).

It was recently released in Spain and has received mention in some of Spain’s major music periodicals.

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“En ocasión de María del Carmen” Conference Program

The program for the upcoming Granados conference in Alicante, at the University of Murcia, is now available! The conference, “En ocasión de María del Carmen: Enrique Granados y su época,” will be held October 18–20. For attendance information, please visit the conference website.

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Oct 3: Eduardo Frías Performs Grundman at Carnegie Hall

October 3rd, pianist Eduardo Frías will perform the complete works of Spanish composer Jorge Grundman at Carnegie Hall. This concert follows the release of his recording of the works of Grundman, Little Great Stories, on Sony Classical.

Grundman (b. 1961) writes in an expressive neo-tonal style that has been compared to eminent Catalan composer Frederic Mompou and film composer John Barry. He has won numerous awards for his composition and his collaborations with the Brodsky Quartet are Spanish Independent Music Award-winning

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Recent Paper Given in Bern

María Luisa Martínez, guest researcher at the Foundation for Iberian Music, recently gave a paper at a conference at the University of Bern. The conference, held September 7–9, 2017, was entitled Branding “Western Music” and explored “intersections between Western music and the institutionalised management of culture.”

Martínez’s paper was called, “Homogenizing Spanish Musical Practices at the Turn of the Century: The Participation of Spain in the International Exhibition of Music and Theater in Vienna 1892.”

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