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CCO + Chicago Latino Music Festival
October 22, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
Doors and Constellation bar open @8:00pm, concert @8:30pm
Dynamic music by Chicago latino composers including back-to-back concertos by Pablo Chin and Clarice Assad. Hear how these works challenge and explore possibilities for flute, human voice, and orchestra.
– featuring Clarice Assad, voice and piano
Scattered is the first concerto of its kind. Comprised of scat singing, piano and orchestra, this new work emerged from a personal desire of mine to combine all of my dearest passions in one: composing, orchestrating, singing and playing. The piece blends and weaves musical elements of my native country, Brazil seamlessly with those of my adopted country, the United States of America. – Clarice Assad
Brazilian-American Clarice Assad is a Grammy nominated composer, pianist and vocalist of musical depth and ability. Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “a serious triple threat”, Assad is a vibrant, highly prolific and commissioned composer. Carefully crafted colorful textures permeate her soulful and musical world, which embraces a wide variety of styles, including her own original concepts.
– featuring Dalia Chin, flute
The piece contrasts two musical streams: one very hectic and contained, in the soloist part; the other dilated and spatial, embodied by the orchestra. The flute progresses from hectic lines to static ones. The orchestra reverses the process, journeying from stasis to a cathartic Coda with a feast of beats and flurries that celebrate the dissolution of the soloist’s part.
Pablo Chin draws inspiration from the narratives of film and literature, phonetic structures in text, and the use of idiosyncratic transcription methods that enable imaginative exploration of pre-existent musical sources.
…a footnote, an accessory, to Beethoven’s 9th. The image is of Beethoven falling asleep while composing, and dreaming: shards of his Ode to Joy appear half-digested. It mimics the bittersweet emotional state of waking up from a dream so involved you need a few minutes to figure out that a dream was all that was.
Tomás I. Gueglio Saccone is an Argentine composer currently based in Chicago. His music has been described as ‘touchingly harmonic’ (Chicago Classical Review) and of ‘an exquisite weight’ (Best of Bandcamp). In his creative work, Tomás strives to find unique modes of expression by blending diverging stylistic lineages.
“Hecho Ahora” (Done Now) is an orchestral journey through the here and now. As the philosopher Heraclitus said: “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” The orchestra is in constant flux, with an improvisational violin performance by the composer.
Inspired by a broad range of musical genres that span classical, Latin, jazz and traditional folkloric music from his native Brazil, Raimundo Penaforte has appeared nationally and internationally as a composer and performer. His works have been performed in Europe, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Brazil and the United States.
“A voice, a scream, a lament” is about peace and war.
It describes a voice, the unified voice of the people; a scream of horror, a scream from the horrors of war; and finally a lament for the victims of war; the ones who stay behind and have to pick up the pieces.
On Gustavo Leone:
Jonathan Woolf has said on Music Web International “Leone’s is a versatile voice in the contemporary firmament.”
Andrew Patner, writing for the Sun-Times has said “Gustavo Leone’s ‘Absurdopera’ is a comedic gem.”