In this issue: Composers in the News, New Titles, and more!
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Edson Beltrami

Featured Composer

Our featured composer for the months of March and April is Edson Beltrami! Edson is a flutist, composer and con- ductor who is currently assistant conductor and principal solo flutist of the Bachiana Philhar- monic Orchestra in São Paulo. His very eclectic catalog of works, that includes compositions for chamber ensembles, orchestras, symphonic bands and ballet, have been performed and recorded by soloists and ensembles from various countries, such as France, Switzerland, Spain, Russia and the United States. He has developed a particu- larly intense relation- ship with bands throughout the world, and has had his works included in several World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) programs. He has been an invited speaker at events and conferences in Spain, Brazil and the USA.
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Top Five Trends

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Our Composers in the News

This month, six of our composers have been in the news.
On February 18, Alba Triana’s exhibition called, “Silent and Interactive Music,” opened the 23rd edition of the South Florida Composers Alliance Subtropics Experimental Biennial of Music and Sound Arts in the Artcenter’s 924 Projects Space in Miami, Florida.
Luis Ernesto Gómez recently obtained the equivalent of a master’s degree in the Simón Bolívar University in Venezuela. He tells us that this is the highest academic degree in music that is conferred in his country, and that amongst Venezuelan musicians it is a very important distinction.
The German ensemble, “One Earth Orchestra,” premiered Alvaro Zúñiga’s InMóvil on March 12 in the auditorium of the National Conservatory of Peru.
René Silva’s work, Cerro Chena, Estación de la Memoria, which earlier this year won a second prize in the Luis Advis Composition Competition, is going to be performed on March 20 in the Municipal Theater of La Serena, Chile, by the Symphonic Orchestra of the University of La Serena.
As part of the 15th Festival of Sacred Music, Marcelo Beltrán’s piece, Procesión de las palmas, is being performed on March 27 and April 1 in the Sucre Theater in Quito, Ecuador, by the Metropolitan Symphonic Band.
Finally, Luis Pérez Valero writes to tell us that some of his music for unaccompanied flute is going to be performed by Andrés Moreno on April 7, and his guitar piece, In Memoriam Antonio Lauro, is going to be performed on April 12 by Jorge Pérez.

New Titles!

Here are just a few of the new titles we added to our catalog within the past month:
Edson Beltrami, Fantasy No. 1, for saxophone quartet; Alejandro García Caturla, First Cuban Suite, for eight winds and piano; Armando Luis Ramírez, 6 Miniatures for viola and piano and 7 Pinturas de Dalí for euphonium and tuba; and Adriana Verdié, Jira (Yira) che (‘k) Tango for solo cello.

We Were in Mexico!

We took a very successful trip to Mexico last week, where we visited a private conservatory, the Centro de Investigación y Estudios de la Música (CIEM), and also met with and interviewed three composers, José Díaz Infante, María Granillo and Israel Sánchez. It wasn’t all work, though: we went to see the National Museum of Anthropology (impressive!) and also the Templo Mayor (amazing!), which was one of the main temples of the Aztec capital city of Tenochtitlán, which is now part of Mexico City. We hate to say it, but the weather was very nice and the food was great, too.

Latin American Voices

The latest interview in our “Latin American Voices” series, with Mexican composer José Díaz Infante, is now posted. We talked about musical nationalism, his own style and one of his latest pieces, which was inspired by tamale vendors in Oaxaca.
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