Tomorrow I sing with the amazing vocalist Kamala Sankaram my piece Mi Lumia (poem by Oliverio Girondo) at Opera on Tap’s upcoming show “New Brew Gets a Brazilian”. This piece was originally for three recorded voices but I made a special arrangement for two voices for us to sing tomorrow. It’s the first time I sing something that’s not a song. I’m nervous.
It’s been a very inspiring past couple of months working with brilliant young composers from New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers Program as well as Little Orchestra Society’s Musical Connections amazing students at Astoria’s PS 122. Things are finally winding own after a busy semester which means I have more time to write music (yay!).
It seems that most of my new songs (which will end up in various different projects) often start as solo songs in which I secretly suffer through the desolation of missing my amazing musicians (Matt, Shayna, Jonny, Evelyn, Insia, Andie, Phyllis, & José!) . This now seems to be a rite of passage for every new song. I write it, play it by myself and then my reward is arranging it for my favorite people to play along with me. You can hear some of these new songs being born this Saturday May 25th at 92YTribeca. I’m honored to share the program with three other sensational solo composers/performers Jennifer Stock, Florent Ghys & Lesley Flanigan.
The day after, my friends from TRANSIT will perform my piece “What I’m Trying To Say Is…” as part of their DoubleBill Festival at DiMenna Center. This piece holds a special place in my heart as it was the very first piece I wrote for a new music ensemble. Plus the musicians get to literally play with toy megaphones and a Speak & Spell!
Summer seems very promising so far: recording a Balún album, an Acopladitos album for the little cuties, putting together Peptalk’s live show, a collaboration with the amazing So Percussion, a performance of my music at the Bang on a Can Marathon and an unexpected trip to Caracas to work with students from El Sistema. More images, words and sounds coming soon!
I’m honored to be performing this Thursday March 14th a very special show at Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. I’m performing three of my new songs joined by an exceptional group of musicians which includes Shayna Dunkelman (xylosynth), Jonny Rodgers (wine glasses), Jacqui Kerrod (harp) and José Olivares (live electronics).
The songs I’ll be playing explore the interaction between preceding, present and imminent instances in time by combining various pre-recorded layers of field recordings and found sounds with voices, toys, wine glasses, reeds, electronics and harp.
If you can’t join us for this but still want to see us perform the show will be webcast live and archived for future viewing here
For my playlist, I opted for soft but powerful voices from the Americas whose music I find transcending, refreshing, imaginative and captivating in various ways. I’ve been charmed and entranced in different moments in time by all of these pieces and to this day they still resonate in my memory, with a timeless essence that makes me revisit them over and over again. – Angélica Negrón
At NewMusicBox we make it a point to feature as much great new music as possible, so we thought it would be fun to start our own mix series, built from some of the new and recent recordings that travel across our desks, land in our inboxes, and hook our ears out in the world.
With music by Angélica Negrón, Cenk Ergün, Drew Baker, David Crowell, and more.
When one thinks of American Mavericks, several names immediately come to mind: John Cage, Lou Harrison, Philip Glass, Steve Reich, John Adams, and a few others. In my series, I tried to focus on artists other than these, some of whom are underplayed, some young and not yet well known and some I believe to be Mavericks in ways that perhaps you don’t expect.
With works by Angélica Negrón, Terry Riley, Phyllis Chen, Tristan Perich, Joan La Barbara, Morton Subotnick, and more.
Trailer for the feature film “Los Condenados” for which I wrote the music and Lawson White produced and mixed the recordings at Avatar Studios, NYC.