Music Featured in 1935 Jazz Lecture

In 1935, Spanish composer and musicologist Baltasar Samper presented a series of groundbreaking lectures on jazz at l’Ateneu Polytechnicum de Barcelona and Discòfils at Associacio Pro-Música. Antoni Pizà is preparing a print edition of these lectures from Samper’s own notes. As a teaser, we have prepared a YouTube playlist of all of the recordings referenced in Samper’s talks.


Experimental Flamenco At La Nacional in June

K. Meira Goldberg, visiting scholar at the Foundation for Iberian Music and director of our “Spaniards, Natives, Africans, and Gypsies” conference series, will be performing Sundays in June at La Nacional!


“The Soul of the Spanish Violin” Release and Residency

Recent Graduate Center graduate Eva León is celebrating the release of her album The Soul of the Spanish Violin (Naxos) this Wednesday at National Sawdust in Williamsburg. León completed her Doctor of Music with a dissertation on Joaquín Rodrigo, advised by Antoni Pizà. Her new album is all works by Rodrigo, performed with pianist Olga Vinokur, who is also joining León for the release concert.


María del Carmen Conference Website

We previously announced a new conference upcoming at the University of Murcia (Spain), celebrating Granados and his opera María del Carmen. This conference now has a website, so please bookmark it for future updates. An English version of the site is forthcoming. Paper proposals are being accepted through September 15, 2017.


Recordings from Benet Casablancas’s Birthday Concert

Our frequent collaborator, composer Benet Casablancas, recently celebrated his 60th birthday in his hometown of Sabadell, as we previously posted. Casablancas has composed and premiered several new works with the Foundation for Iberian Music and Perspectives Ensemble, and he received a monographic spotlight from the Columbia University’s Miller Theater in 2010.
Casablancas has shared with us two recordings from one of the anniversary concerts.


“Los Elementos” Makes NYT Best-of List

The New York City Opera’s run of Los Elementos, a little-performed Spanish opera by Antonio Literes, was highlighted by the New York Times last week (following a mention in the New Yorker).

Stage rendering courtesy of the NYCO.

The production was reviewed in Friday’s paper, following its opening Thursday night. The review’s title, “Is ‘Los Elementos’ Opera? That’s Beside the Point,” draws on a question raised in Antoni Pizà’s notes for the program


Literes’s “Los Elementos” in the New Yorker

We announced last week that the New York City Opera will soon give the NYC premiere of Spanish composer Antonio Literes’s opera Los Elementos, in an original production for which our director Antoni Pizà served as an adviser, in addition to writing program notes. The May 8th issue of The New Yorker has some interesting coverage of the opera, in “The Intriguing Return of Baroque Opera.”


Free “Redes” Screening and Concert Thursday

As we previously announced, the Americas Society is holding the NY premiere screening of the lost Mexican film Redes (1937), May 4th at 7 pm. It is free to the public, but you must register, as space is limited.

The screening will include two special treats: first, the Foundation for Iberian Music’s resident Perspectives Ensemble will perform two works by Revueltas (who composed the Redes score); and second, a panel discussion with Joseph Horowitz (PostClassical Ensemble, executive director) and Angel Gil-Ordóñez (whom readers should know and love from his work directing both Perspectives Ensemble and the PostClassical Ensemble), moderated by Carlos Gutierrez of Cinema Tropical.