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Ensemble dal Niente program

Ensemble Dal Niente

Ensemble Dal Niente

IGOR SANTOS

confined. speak. (McKim Commission, world premiere)

TANIA LEÓN

De Memorias

NUR SLIM

Humming Between Branches

LUIS AMAYA

Tinta Roja, Tinta Negra

TOMÁS GUEGLIO

Lamarque Songs (world premiere)

HILDA PAREDES

Demente Cuerda

Ben Melsky, harp  |  Carrie Shaw, soprano
MingHuan Xu, violin  |  Winston Choi, piano

Dal Niente performs music by leading Latin American composers, including Nur Slim’s Humming Between Branches, in which the singer’s voice dances within widely varying instrumental textures, which shimmer, dive, and groan with kaleidoscopic virtuosity.  The ensemble becomes an extension of the solo harp in Hilda Paredes’ Demente Cuerda, while in Tomás Gueglio’s Lamarque Songs, the music evokes a kind of 40s glamour - at once shy and loud, at the same time proper and unapologetically melodramatic. Luis Amaya’s Tinta Roja, Tinta Negra mesmerizes the listener with subtly shifting textures that resonate around an amplified jarana, and the concert closes with ​Tania León’s classic wind quintet De Memorias.

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