Retratos de América Latina – Portraits of Latin America

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The Latin American Music Center will present “Retratos de América Latina – Portraits of Latin America” at 8:00 PM on Thursday, April 16th, 2015 in Auer Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

The Latin American Popular Music Ensemble, under the direction of Daniel Duarte, will perform instrumental dance works from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and Venezuela. The program will feature works by composers including Terig Tucci, Antonio Lauro, Gentil Montaña, Radamés Gnatalli, Hermeto Pascoal, Arturo Márquez, in arrangements by LAPME director Duarte and current JSoM students Francisco Cortés-Álvarez and Ben Wedeking.

The music presented in “Retratos de América Latina – Portraits of Latin America” explores the rhythms and styles that emerged from the mixture of different cultural expressions present in all of Latin America, in particular the result of the European and African influence.

 

Latin American Music Center presents Salón Latino March 26th

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The Jacobs School of Music’s Latin American Music Center (LAMC) proudly presents its sixth chamber concert in the series Salón latino on Thursday, March 26th, at 8 p.m. in Auer Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature students and faculty of the JSoM performing an all-Latin American chamber music program. Marina and Fred Hammond, faculty for the Young Pianists Program of the Jacob School of Music, will start the evening with a duo performance. Among other participants, the program will also feature two of this year’s Latin American Music Recording Competition finalists—saxophonist Ricardo Martínez and trombonist Felipe Brito with pianist Sebastian Arredondo.

The program includes compositions by Juan Orrego-Salas (Chile), Silvestre Revueltas (Mexico), Leonardo Velásquez (Mexico), Gustavo Beytelmann  (Argentina), Fernando Morais (Brazil), and Alberto Ginastera (Argentina).

Winner’s Concert of the 5th Latin American Music Recording Competition

10995913_10152866804699055_1483771198214604785_oThe Latin American Music Center is pleased to announce the Winner’s Concert for the 5th Annual Latin American Music Recording Competition. Harpist Emmanuel Padilla Holguín will perform a full concert featuring works by Mexican composers on Saturday, March 7th at 8 pm in Auer Hall. The program will include compositions written as early as 1872 up to 2012, music from three different centuries. The event is free and open to the public.

Padilla is a sophomore harp student with Professor Susann McDonald. He will record a professional CD, produced by the Latin American Music Center, of the repertory presented in the recital. The CD will be released at a later date by the LAMC. CDs of past competition winners can be viewed and purchased at: http://blogs.music.indiana.edu/lamcrecordings/

“Me Quiere… No Me Quiere” (Loves Me… Loves Me Not)

While Friday the 13th is one of the universal symbols of bad luck, Valentine’s Day is a celebration for the lucky ones who have found love. On February 13th the Latin American Popular Music Ensemble will perform its traditional Latin valentine concert at 8:00 pm in the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center. The program will feature also both romantic and desperate works, depicting the opposition between Friday the 13th and Valentine’s Day. The ensemble will present music from Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and United States in a variety of Latin American music genres such as bolero, samba, tango and ranchera.

 

 

“Loves Me… Loves Me Not.” A Latin Valentine’s Concert (LAMC)

“Me Quiere… No Me Quiere” (Loves Me… Loves Me Not)

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music’s Latin American Music Center (LAMC) presents a Valentine’s Celebration on Friday the 13th at 8:00 pm in the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center.

While Friday the 13th is one of the universal symbols of bad luck, Valentine’s Day is a celebration for the lucky ones who have found love. On February 13th the Latin American Popular Music Ensemble will perform its traditional Latin valentine concert. The program will feature also both romantic and desperate works, depicting the opposition between Friday the 13th and Valentine’s Day. The ensemble will present music from Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and United States in a variety of Latin American music genres such as bolero, samba, tango and ranchera.

For more information about the Latin American Popular Music Ensemble (LAMPE) please visit the LAMC’s website: http://www.music.indiana.edu/lamc/ensembles/index.shtml

 

2015 Latin American Music Recording Competition winner announced

 

 

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2015 competitors (from left to right): Paulo Silva and Ricardo Martínez (Melos quartet), Felipe Brito and Sebastian Arredondo (trombone and piano), Josue Mora and Andrés Lizano (Melos quartet), and Emmanuel Padilla (harp)

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Bloomington, IN – The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music’s Latin American Music Center (LAMC) is pleased to announce harpist Emmanuel Padilla as the winner of the Fifth Latin American Music Recording Competition, held Feb. 1 in Auer Hall.

Padilla is sophomore student at the Jacobs School of Music studying with Distinguished Professor Susann McDonald. As winner of the competition, Emmanuel will record a professional CD, produced by the LAMC, and will perform a concert on March 7 at 8:00 pm in Auer Hall.

This year’s final round featured three finalists in mini-recitals of approximately 20 minutes each. Repertoire selections included music from Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, and Mexico. Padilla’s performance focused on Mexican harp music including pieces by composers Francisco Cortés-Álvarez (b. 1983) and Mario Ruiz Armengol (1914-2002).  He obtained the composer’s permission to create his own arrangement of Arturo Marquez’s (b.1950) famous Danzón No. 2. Other finalists were the Melos Saxophone Quartet and trombonist Felipe Brito, students of Professor Otis Murphy and Professor Peter Ellefson, respectively.

This year’s jury included Jacobs School of Music faculty members Carl Lenthe, Eugene O’Brien, and Thomas Walsh, and guest and Jacobs School of Music alumna Erzsébet Gaál.

The LAMC’s competition is a continuation of the Annual Competition in the Performance of Music from Spain and Latin America that started in 1998. In 2011, when the LAMC celebrated its fiftieth anniversary, the format was changed to focus on Latin American music, with a grand prize of a professional recording project. Financial support for this event is now provided by the Guillermo and Lucille Espinosa Fund for Artistic and Research Projects of the Latin American Music Center.

Past winners of the competition are violinist Colin Sorgi and pianist Jooeun Pak who recorded the CD “Eco de violín: A Collection of New Latin American Music for Violin with Piano and Electronics”; pianist Daniel Inamorato who recorded “Danza del Parque de las Acacias”; Nicolas Mariscal, who recorded “Nubes bajas: A Collection of Solo Cello Music from Latin America”; and last year’s winners, baritone Bruno Sanchez and pianist Hanmo Qian, who recorded “Minha Terra: A Collection of Brazilian Chamber Songs Based on Folk and Love Themes.”

All these recordings are currently commercially available through the Jacobs School of Music Marketplace, Amazon, iTunes, and CD Baby.

For more information please visit the LAMC’s website: music.indiana.edu/lamc

Finals concert of the 5th Annual Latin American Music Recording Competition

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music’s Latin American Music Center (LAMC) presents the final round of the Fifth Annual Latin American Music Recording Competition, which will take place Sunday, February 1st, at 4:00 PM, at Auer Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

The LAMC received entries of the highest quality, and appreciates the time and effort invested in the submissions by the participating students. After careful deliberation, the competition committee chose three finalists, who will compete in the final round concert (in no particular order): harpist Emmanuel Padilla (student of Susann McDonald); Melos Saxophone Quartet (students of Otis Murphy); and trombonist Felipe Brito (student of Peter Ellefson).

The jury, which will be formed by IU-JSoM faculty members and distinguished members of the community, will pay close attention to the two aspects of the competition: a performance component, where competitors display their technical ability, knowledge of style, and artistic interpretation; and a research component, in which will be evaluated the search for repertoire from Latin American music provided in the competitors’ project. This year the final round features three centuries of Latin American music traditions, a blend of popular and classical music, and a collaborative work between interpret and award-winning composers creating new music written especially for the competition.

Past winners of the Latin American Music Recording Competition include 2014’s Bruno Sanchez (baritone) and Hanmo Qian (piano), 2013’s Nicholas Mariscal (cello), and 2012’s Daniel Inamorato (piano). As the prize, the winner will record a CD, fully produced by the Latin American Music Center’s production team and will perform a solo recital within the JSoM calendar of performances.

With the main objective of promoting the Latin American repertoire among gifted young artists while generating recordings that promote lesser known works from Latin America, the LAMC invites the IU and Bloomington community to the final round concert, which promises to bring together the best of Latin American art music, talent and creativity.

Quaternaglia, guitar quartet: a concert of Brazilian music and world premiers

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The Latin American Music Center in association with the IU Guitar Department will present on January 21st , at 8:00 PM in Auer Hall a guest artistic concert with the Brazilian guitar quartet, Quaternaglia. The program will feature US premieres and various music styles from Brazil.

Quaternaglia has been widely acclaimed as one of the world’s top contemporary music ensembles, after collecting prizes and recording unique albums. Formed by gifted Brazilian guitarists, Chrystian Dozza, Fabio Ramazzina, Thiago Abdalla and Sidney Molina, the quartet focuses on the expansion of the formation’s repertoire while presenting artistic excellence in their interpretations. Over the past twenty years, the ensemble has established a broad canon of original arrangements and new works by important Latin American composers, such as Leo Brouwer, Egberto Gismonti and Paulo Bellinati.

The work Maracatu da Pipa, by Paulo Bellinati will receive its US premiere in the concert; Bellinati (1950-) has become one of the most important Brazilian composers in the last two decades, the composer is also an active performer, arranger and musicologist. Kristen by João Luiz will also receive its US premiere.

 

 

Latin American Music Center Spring 2015 Course Offerings

The Latin American Music Center is pleased to announce its Spring 2015 course offerings. Contact your adviser to find out how a course from the Latin American Music Center fits into your academic program. For more details regarding these courses email us at lamc[@]indiana.edu or visit music.indiana.edu/lamc/education/

 

MUS-M 413 – Latin American and Latino Popular Music and Culture. Course is cross-listed with MUS-Z 413 and LATS-L 400

Meets:  Monday and Wednesday 6:45 pm-8:00 pm, Room M 344

Above class open to Undergraduate Music students only

Instructor: José Francisco Cortés-Álvarez

A survey of the popular and traditional musics of Latin America and the Latino population in the United States, from the late-19th century into the present. Through the course students engage with the geographical, historical, political, economic and social contexts within which each genre is produced and consumed, as well as the relevant composers, performers and instruments of each region and genre. Students from all disciplines may take the course to fulfill their individual major’s requirements. Activities outside class may be scheduled.

 

MUS-X 414 – Latin American Popular Music Ensemble (LAPME)

Meets: Tuesday and Thursday 2:00 pm-3:45 pm, and Friday 3:30 pm-6:00 pm. Room MA B012

Instructor: Daniel Duarte

Dedicated to the performance of Latin American repertoire, the ensemble explores original Latin American genres and their corresponding performance practices through arranging and performing pieces from both the popular and classical repertoire. The LAPME often receives as guests faculty from Indiana University in addition to having its own arrangers and composers in residency. The LAPME has its own performing library with original music and arrangements especially crafted for the ensemble.

Latin music ensemble performs Christmas concert

By Alison Graham

 

Organizers of the Latin American Popular Music Ensemble hope to not only start the holiday season downtown Thursday night, but redefine what people think of as traditional holiday music.

The Ensemble will perform a Christmas concert 8 p.m. Thursday at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center.

The performance is open to everyone and will be in the Whikehart Auditorium.

The Ensemble is a course through the Jacobs School of Music that allows students to explore different genres of Latin music.

Ensemble Director Daniel Duarte said although the ensemble has been around for a while, this year is especially unusual because many of the students have signed up for the first time.

This semester is Duarte’s first year as director of the ensemble.

He was asked by the director of the Latin American Music Center, who oversees the ensemble, to serve as director for the ensemble. Duarte plans to stay on as director for the spring semester, as well.

This Thursday’s concert is Duarte’s debut as director.

“Audiences can expect a variety of music styles and music from different countries,” he said. “It will be a very diverse concert with many different 
instruments.”

Most of the pieces are original arrangements created by Ben Wedeking, a guitar associate instructor at the Jacobs School of Music, and Francisco Cortes, a composer and doctoral student in the Jacobs School of Music.

Wedeking said the biggest challenge for him was working with an ensemble of such a large size.

It’s his first time arranging for a large ensemble, and he had to work out problems that arose from his lack of experience, he said.

“I haven’t really done a huge amount of work in Latin music,” Wedeking said. “But I’ve had great help from Daniel (Duarte) and Francisco (Cortes).”

The Ensemble has been working three days a week for one to two hours. This week there will be more intense practices and dress rehearsals to prepare for the show and overcome 
challenges.

Arranging the pieces and teaching the students to perform them is a challenge itself, Duarte said.

“We have it in our mind how we want it to sound, put it on paper and then teach it to the students,” Duarte said. “They aren’t always familiar with it and have to learn about the history and the style beyond the notes they’re playing.”

In addition to arranging the pieces, Wedeking is also participating in a few aspects of the performance playing mandolin and 
guitar.

The Ensemble will perform traditional Christmas music, as well as new and less well-known music.

“I hope the audience can start to celebrate Christmas there,” Duarte said. “I hope they can have a beginning for the holidays and also learn about music and new styles.”

The performance will include music from different Latin American countries including Brazil, Colombia and Argentina.

They will also perform on a variety of instruments such as the harp, cello, guitar, mandolin and piano.

“In LAPME we try to cover several different genres of Latin music,” Wedeking said.

Wedeking became a part of the Ensemble for the first time this semester when a friend approached him and asked him to join.

He had previously worked with the Latin American Music Center events and with Duarte.

“I decided to come on board because I have a relationship with Daniel (Duarte) and to get experience with the ensemble and different genres of music,” he said.

 

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