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Jorge Amado

Ina, Matt and I are very excited to introduce you to our first ever 8SW Composer Competition winner, Jorge Amado. Jorge is currently a student at ISA (Instituto Superior de Arte) in Havana, Cuba. His submission to the competition, Eidos II, is a very well crafted, powerful and energetic example of the potential future of chamber music. Eidos II is the second of what will be a set of independent pieces for diverse instrumental ensembles. Its title, a Greek term that means “type” or “species,” is a reference to the diverse possibilities with the instrumentation of chamber ensembles. The piece is greatly influenced by Afro-Cuban rhythms and the folkloric ensembles used for Santería ceremonial music. Please do join us at the Tenri Cultural Institute on November 16, 2018 for the World Premiere of Eidos II. For more information please visit here.

Jorge is a delightful, humble and very gifted young man. I find his generosity of spirit and his love for music to be apparent in this interview.

Enjoy!

Suzanne

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  • Jorge Amado

    Ina, Matt and I are very excited to introduce you to our first ever 8SW Composer Competition winner, Jorge Amado. Jorge is currently a student at ISA (Instituto Superior de Arte) in Havana, Cuba. His submission to the competition, Eidos II, is a very well crafted, powerful and energetic example...

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  • Spencer Snyder

    A few years ago, one of Ina’s teaching positions included a chamber music class at The City College of New York. It was structured such that the students who signed up for the class got placed in one, maybe two or even three ensembles. The class time itself consisted of a combination of rehear...

  • Merrill Clark

    Merrill Clark composed Sinfonia Ternion Gestalt for us in late 2009/early 2010. It is a five movement through-composed work, centered around a lamenting non-vocal setting of William Butler Yeats’ The Second Coming. Yeats used Christian imagery in his 1919 poem, evoking post World War ...

  • Peter Jona Korn

    Peter Jona Korn’s Aloysia Serenade, Op. 19 is one of the works included on Albert’s Window, our recent release on Ravello Records. We began performing the Serenade long after Korn had died, and our initial research revealed very little other than a website dedicated to his ...

  • Octavio Vazquez

    Many years ago, in fact far longer ago than I care to remember, I had a teaching position at Turtle Bay Music School, a community music school in midtown Manhattan. Although I left Turtle Bay a long time ago, I am still in touch with several students I taught there and one faculty member. ...

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  • Martin Rokeach

    My initial contact with Martin Rokeach, who lives near San Francisco, began while coaching a chamber work of his for one of my classes at NYU. Not long thereafter, Marty started sending me other pieces he thought would be of interest. I found all of them to be rhythmically lots of fun, alternating b...

  • Robert Davidson

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  • John Newell

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  • Pèter Köszeghy

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  • Hilary Tann

    During the fall of 2002, an envelope addressed to Matt showed up in our mailbox. It was from Oxford University Press and contained a copy of Hilary Tann’s The Walls of Morlais Castle for oboe, viola and cello. Even though the instrumentation was not quite right, we decided to read through ...

  • Tom Flaherty

    We are very excited to be performing Tom Flaherty’s Moments of Inertia during our 2011-12 season. The piece was commissioned by Dinosaur Annex for its 26th season and premiered in Boston on May 4, 2003. We found out about it in the same way we find many works that have not been composed sp...

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    In 2010 we had the great pleasure of premiering Edmund Cionek’s Bad Robots. In October of 2007, Ina and Matt were asked to perform and record Ed’s Concerto for Oboe and String Orchestra with the Bar Harbor Music Festival Orchestra. Soon after, Ed invited the Trio to perform on the Bar...

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