The Worst [Empanadas] in London: Tribute to Sondheim on ECM

Cheking takes with Anthony de Mare and  2011 Classical Producer of the Year Judy Sherman

Checking takes with Anthony de Mare and 2011 Classical Producer of the Year Judy Sherman at the American Academy of Arts and Letters on October 31, 2014, New York City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liaisons:Re-imagining Sondheim from the Piano has been described as a landmark commissioning project that brought together thirty-six of the world’s foremost contemporary composers from across the musical spectrum in order to “re-imagine” Sondheim’s songs as solo piano pieces.  Lorenz’s The Worst [Empanadas] in London is one of re-imaginations included in a 3-CD box set released by the record label ECM featuring pianist, and Liaisons co-producer, Anthony de Mare. Other composers included are Pulitzer, Grammy and Academy Award winners like Steve Reich, Wynton Marsalis, Thomas Newman, Frederic Rzewski, William Bolcom, David Rakowski, and many others.

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Lorenz travels to South Korea as Composer-in-Residence

Rehearsing with gayageum player Yun-Suk Eom and soprano Won-Yun Yang

Rehearsing with gayageum player Yun-Suk Eom and soprano Won-Yun Yang

Ricardo Lorenz traveled to South Korea on two different occasions as Composer-in-Residence. In 2013, he was the featured guest composer of that Seoul’s Pan Music Festival, the longest running contemporary music festival in South Korea. That year he attended the performance of his work Compass Points by the Seoul Modern Ensemble and offered talks on his music at the universities of Sangmyung and Gachon. The following year (2014), he was the Composer-in-Residence of the 16th Young-Nam International Contemporary Music Festival held in Daegu, serving as adjudicator of the 31st Young-Nam Composition Competition along with colleagues from South Korea and Japan.  On this occasion, Lorenz had the opportunity to rehearse and premiere Come Back for soprano voice and Korean 12-string gayageum, a work especially commissioned by the Young-Nam International Contemporary Music Festival.

Ahead of the tide, Ricardo Lorenz bridges U.S./Cuba divide

Lorenz with Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Rene Hinojosa in Havana

Lorenz with Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Rene Hinojosa in Havana

Four years ahead of the renewed diplomatic relations between former archenemies U.S. and Cuba, Lorenz and his MSU colleague Rene Hinojosa have taken students on a study abroad program to Havana in order to experience the culture of a rapidly changing socialist nation. Initiated in May 2012 and titled Culture and Sustainable Development, this program studies Cuba’s dramatic history, diverse genres of music, and its wide gamut of Afro-Cuban religions against the backdrop of this country’s long affiliation with the United States.The program draws connections between Cuban music and some of the country’s major historical events as they shine a light upon broad themes such as identity, nationalism, syncretism, and transculturation.

At Casa de las Américas with students of the Escuela Nacional de Artes (ENA)

At Casa de las Américas with students of the Escuela Nacional de Artes (ENA)

Of greatest interest to Lorenz is how today, in the city of Havana, music is visibly contributing to stir the country towards a new era, an era in which the socialist culture established after the 1959 Revolution is merging with an individual entrepreneurship mindset driven mainly by tourism.  In tandem, during his many trips to Cuba Lorenz offered lectures on his music at Casa de las Americas and received performances of his chamber works by MSU College of Music faculty at some of Havana’s iconic concert halls.  He also conducted research to support a future opera on Chacumbele, a Cuban legend of dubious origin with lots of room for re-interpretation.

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2014 Come Back, for soprano and Korean gayageum

Commissioned by the Young-Nam Composers’ Association (YNCA), Daegu, South Korea, for premiere at the 16th YNCA International Contemporary Music Festival on November 7, 2014. Text by Constantine P. Cavafy.

Approx. duration: 5:30 minutes.

2014 Olokun’s Awakening, for symphony orchestra

First scene of Symphonic Scenes of Chacumbele. Premiered by the Oberlin Conservatory Orchestra conducted by Raphael Jiménez on September 27, 2014.

Approx. duration: 9:00 minutes.

Instrumentation: 3233 (sop. sax) -4221- timp, 2 perc., harp, pn – strings **

2014 Passacaglia Unrest, for string orchestra

Commissioned by the Dali Quartet Summer Camp and Festival. Premiered by the Festival’s Pre-College Orchestra conducted by Raphael Jiménez on August 10, 2014 at Irving Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Approx. duration: 6:00 minutes.

2013 Lejanía (Far-offness), for two trumpets, one doubling on flugelhorn

Commissioned and premiered by Pamela Smitter and Bill Baxtresser on November 19, 2013 at Cook Recital Hall, Michigan State University.

Approx. duration: 7 minutes.

2015-2016 SEASON (Preliminary)

07.08.15

Puente Trans-Arábico. John Kilkenny, percussion; Sewannee Music Festival Faculty, Sewannee, TN

08.23.15

Fronteras Abiertas. Horacio Contreras, cello. Bienal de Música Contemporánea, Radio Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina

08.27.15

Fronteras Abiertas. Horacio Contreras, cello. Auditorio Olav Roots, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota, Colombia

09.30.15

Vanishing Borders.  Soundtrack for the documentary “Vanishing Borders” by director Alexandra Hidalgo, Sabana Grande Productions.  Film screening at Washington State University, Pullman, Washington.

09.30.15

Vanishing Borders.  Soundtrack for the documentary “Vanishing Borders” by director Alexandra Hidalgo, Sabana Grande Productions.  Film screening at Commfest 2015 10th Annual Film and Arts Festival, Toronto, Canada.

10.20.15

Puente Trans-Arabico.  Orlando Cotto, percussion; Dali Quartet. Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture.  Bronx, NY

10.22.15

The Worst [Empanadas] in London. Anthony de Mare, piano. Loreto Theater at The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture, New York, NY

11.07.15

Pataruco: Concerto for Maracas and Orchestra. Ricardo Gallardo, maracas; Topeka Symphony Orchestra, Kyle Pickett, cond. Topeka, KS

11.08.15

Piedra en la Piedra. Stephanie Espie, flute; Benjamin Goldman, percussion. Gore Recital Hall, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

12.11.15

Cecilia en Azul y Verde. Horacio Contreras, cello; Cesar Cañon, piano. University of Michigan School of Music, Theater & Dance, Ann Arbor, MI

02.23.16

Vanishing Borders.  Soundtrack for the documentary “Vanishing Borders” by director Alexandra Hidalgo, Sabana Grande Productions.  Film Screening at New York University, New York.

03.12.16

Pataruco: Concerto for Maracas and Orchestra. Alcides Rodriguez, maracas. Chicago Sinfonietta; Mai-Ann Chen, cond. Wentz Concert Hall, Naperville, IL

03.14.16

Pataruco: Concerto for Maracas and Orchestra. Alcides Rodriguez, maracas. Chicago Sinfonietta; Mai-Ann Chen, cond. Symphony Center, Chicago, IL

04.21.16

Monkey to the Sky. Benjamin Pirece, euphonium; University of Arkansas New Music Ensemble; Jamal Duncan, cond. Jim & Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center, AR

04.29.16

Fronteras Abiertas. Horacio Contreras, cello. Cook Recital Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

04.29.16

Cecilia en Azul y Verde. Horacio Contreras, cello; Cesar Cañon, piano. Cook Recital Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

06.03-04.16

Fantastic Catalogue (PREMIERE). The University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Barbara Schubert, cond.  Mandel Hall,  Chicago, IL

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