2016 Latin American Music Recording Competition Jan. 31

The Latin American Music Center, with the support of the Guillermo and Lucille Espinosa Fund, presents the final round of the 2016 Latin American Music Recording Competition on Sunday, Jan. 31, at 4pm in Auer Hall.

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Latin American Ensemble – “Batuque: Brazilian Popular Music”

The Latin American Ensemble has the pleasure of inviting you to “Batuque,” a concert curated by Brazilian ethnomusicologist and Visting Fulbright Scholar Carlos Sandorni, which will take place on Friday, December 4th, at 8pm at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center.

“Batuque” is a Portuguese word derived from the verb “bater” or “to hit” It was used since the 19th century in printed sources to describe music and dance by enslaved Africans in Portuguese America. In late-nineteenth century, musical scores using “batuque” as a title or as a genre used syncopation and, allegedly, were inspired by African-Brazilian traditional music.

This concert will feature two important pieces titled “Batuque,” one composed in 1873 by Henrique Alves de Mesquita and another one in 1913 by Ernesto Nazareth. Additionally, the concert program will include a collection of 20th century Brazilian music related to popular merriment, such as samba and frevo. It will also feature the guest appearance of the Butler University Women’s Chorus, conducted by Dr. John Perkins and Visiting Fulbright Scholar Patricia Costa.

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.