In this issue: Our Composers in the News, Student Corner, and more!!!
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Fernando Oliveira

New Composer!

We are pleased to announce that Brazilian composer Fer- nando Oliveira has joined our family of international composers. Oliveira, who studied composition at the Rogerio Koury Conservatory and the prestigious Tatuí Conservatory is one of Brazil’s most important emerging composers. The recipient of several awards and commendations, he was most recently a semifinalist in the 2015 Maurice Ravel International Composition Competition. Welcome, Fernando!

New Titles!

Here are some of the new titles added to our catalog during the last month: three works by Luis Pérez Valero, Cumanagoto, a grade 3 piece for concert band, Yacaré, for flute and guitar, and Ideas for a Triptych for flute and oboe; and by Fernando Oliveira, his flute quartet, Gorjeios. All are printed and available for sale.

Student Corner

Rhythm is one of the most important characteristics of Latin American classical music. In addition to the commonly used sequiáltera (alternating measures of two and three beats), Latin American composers are oftentimes inspired by local dance rhythms, such as the tango, the joropo (pro- nounced ho RO po) or the pasillo (pah SEE yo). However, these rhythms are not necessarily consistent from one place to another or from one period of time to another. Because of this, we strongly recommend infor- ming one’s self about a work’s influences as part of the process of preparation.

Our Composers in the News

Luis Ernesto Gómez reports that September was a busy but very creative month. He finished three works, the first, Sobre la rama baja, was composed for our affiliated artist group, the Khemia Ensemble. (This piece is currently being prepared for publication). He also completed a work for bassoon and piano, Guasacaca con Catara, and another for solo percussion, Resonala, which was commissioned by the well-known percussionist, Diana Montoya. In addition, he informed us that on October 31 he will be sharing a podium with Venezuelan composer Adina Izarra. They will be speaking about the use of birdsong in electroacoustic composition during a contemporary music festival in Caracas.
Cinco miniaturas imaginarias, by Andrés Levell, was premiered by the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra on October 10.
Fernando Oliveira was just interviewed by a local TV station regarding his start in music and experiences in competitions and at residencies. Stay tuned: we’ll post that video as soon as we get it.
On October 29, Jannet Alvarado’s polytonal work for orchestra, Pasillo mío, will be premiered by the Symphonic Orchestra of Cuenca.
Federico Núñez wrote to let us know that his work for Bassett horn, Blur Thoughts, is going to be premiered by Marcelo González on October 31 at the Franklin Rawson Provincial Museum of Fine Arts in San Juan, Argentina.
Andrés Levell, Danza del Desgarramiento

Help Us Help the Ondas Ensemble!

The Ondas Ensemble, a performing group that specializes in classical music of the Americas, is pleased to announce a joint project with Cayambis Music Press to perform our publications at the Kentucky Flute Festival in January. For the past several months the two organizations have been working in coordination with Cayambis composers to create a program of new Latin American music for soprano, flute and guitar.
As the ensemble begins to prepare for the Kentucky event, we have implemented a means by which a portion of our profits can be used to help defray the cost of travel from Chicago to Richmond, Kentucky: Through December 31, on any order up to five titles (excluding orchestral and concert band pieces), we will not only give a portion of the proceeds to the Ondas group, but you, our valued customer, will receive 10% off when you use the coupon code “ondas” (just the five letters, no quotation marks) at checkout.
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