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CHÉVERE

 

GOTTSCHALK | CAROLLO | WARSHAUER | REESE

MATAMOROS | SIMONS | KAWARSKY

 

OVERVIEW

 

Ansonica Records’ new release CHÉVERE richly explores and demonstrates the myriad cultural intersections that have recently become available to American and Cuban musicians. The album  came together at a recording session that took place in Havana, Cuba in the month of January in 2017. The release presents a variety of collaborations between American, or American-based, composers and Cuban instrumentalists, arrangers, singers, and composers. Some of these connections are relatively straightforward, while others are more nuanced and personal; yet, they all enrich the compositions on CHÉVERE with the energy unique to the interaction of two powerful musical traditions.

 

Arthur Gottschalk’s Imagenes de Cuba and John A. Carollo’s In Your Hour of Need represent the album’s most nuanced and personal connections to Cuba. Gottschalk’s work draws on his many trips to Cuba, referencing various elements of modern Cuban culture as observed in his travels. Carollo’s piece, on the other hand, gains its Cuban character directly from the input of CHÉVERE’s producer in Havana, Dayron Ortega, who arranged this work for instrumental ensemble. Originally a piano étude, Carollo and Ortega collaboratively transform In Your Hour of Need into a brilliant and truly fascinating amalgam of Euro-American musical ideas and Cuban instrumentation and orchestration.

 

Meira Warshauer’s plaintive choral works Oseh Shalom and Akhat Sha’alti represent the classic form of cultural exchange wherein Warshauer’s voice as a Jewish-American composer is brought to life by the renowned Cuban vocal ensemble Schola Coralina. The lyrical, mostly meditative choral works, drawn from Jewish liturgy and set in Hebrew, are rendered in a stunning performance, which is made more meaningful by the blend of cultures it represents.

 

¡La Habana, Mi Amor! is a three movement piece which originated as three short works by composer Mona Lyn Reese. In collaboration with the musicians of Havana, her piece was arranged for Cuban jazz band and voice and serves as an excellent example of the artistic collaboration between America and Cuba amidst the lifting of various regulations in the American Cuban embargo.

 

Jay Kawarsky’s Grace Dances, which is loosely inspired by an early Christian text, resembles Warshauer’s works in that its performance marks the cultural exchange between an American composer and Cuban instrumentalists. Grace Dances is scored for oboe and string quartet, and unfolds like a chamber concerto for the oboe. The work opens with a slow, expansive oboe melody, but is most notably characterized by playful, rhythmically active counterpoint. Kawarsky often manipulates the string quartet’s texture and sonic perspective, drawing solo instruments out of the group for brief duos, trios, and quartets with the oboe. Overall, Grace Dances is charming, lovely, and energetic, and even reminds one of Igor Stravinsky’s Jeu des cartes, as both works briefly quote Rossini’s overture to The Barber of Seville.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

Consider the depth and richness of the cultural exchange between American, Cuban, and European musical traditions represented on the album (i.e. in Warshauer’s pieces we hear Cuban vocalists singing an American composer's settings of Hebrew religious texts).

 

There are a couple of very unique Cuban elements on the album, namely in Imagenes de Cuba and In Your Hour of Need, which, together, reference social, political, and musical concepts from Cuba’s modern and traditional culture.

 

CREDITS

 

IMÁGENES DE CUBA ”MANISERO” | ARTHUR GOTTSCHALK

Commissioned by Apollo Chamber Players

Apollo Chamber Players  |  Anabel Ramirez violin I  Matthew J. Detrick violin II

Whitney Bullock viola  Matthew Dudzik cello

 

IN YOUR HOUR OF NEED | JOHN A. CAROLLO

Pedro Luis González García, Dania Pérez Fonseca, Moisés Hernández Dumenigo & Carlos David Guerra Serrano french horn Vilma Sofía Garriga Comas piano

Rubén González González double bass Leyvis López Wilvert drums

Eduardo Silveira congas & batá

Director of Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba: Daiana García Silveiro

Dedicated to the memory of William K. Dresser, M.D.

 

AKHAT SHA’ALTI (ONE THING I ASK) | MEIRA WARSHAUER

I. AKHAT (ONE) II. OTAH AVAKESH (THIS I REQUEST) III. SHIVTI B’VET HASHEM

(TO DWELL IN SACRED SPACE)

Schola Cantorum Coralina | Alina Orraca conductor

Choir directed by Alina de los Milagros Orraca Llama

 

¡LA HABANA, MI AMOR!

I. CENA ROMÁNTICA

Kat Parra vocals Yuniet Lombida tenor saxophone Tomy Lowry trumpet

Alejandro Falcón piano Dayron Ortega Guzmán acoustic guitar Lázaro Rivero “El Fino” bass Oliver Valdés drums

II. MI POSTRE, MI AMOR

Kat Parra vocals Yuniet Lombida tenor saxophone Tomy Lowry trumpet

Alejandro Falcón piano Dayron Ortega Guzmán acoustic guitar Lázaro Rivero “El Fino” bass Oliver Valdés drums Eduardo Silveira congas & batá

III. ¡CHOCOLATE CALIENTE!

Kat Parra vocals Yuniet Lombida tenor saxophone Tomy Lowry trumpet

Maikel Elizarde tres guitar Dayron Ortega Guzmán classical guitar

Eduardo Silveira bongos, congos & maracas Arranged by Dayron Ortega Guzmán

 

OSEH SHALOM (MAKER OF PEACE) | MEIRA WARSHAUER

Schola Cantorum Coralina | Alina Orraca conductor

 

SON DE LA LOMA/EL MANISERO | MIGUEL MATAMOROS & MOISÉS SIMONS

Maykel Elizarde tres Eduardo Silveira percussion Yariel Laúd Dayron Ortega guitar

 

GRACE DANCES | J.A. KAWARSKY

Frank Ernesto Fernández Neira oboe Ariel Rafael Salduy Méndez violin Desiree Justo Castilla violin Roberto Herrera Díaz viola Alejandro Rodríguez Tirado cello

Director of Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba: Daiana García Silveiro

 

Release Date: October 13, 2017

Catalog #: AR0005

 

 

TRACK INFO

 

ARTHUR GOTTSCHALK COMMISSIONED AND

PERFORMED BY APOLLO CHAMBERS PLAYERS

IMÁGENES DE CUBA

1I. MANISERO

 

JOHN A. CAROLLO

2. IN YOUR HOUR OF NEED

 

MEIRA WARSHAUER

AKHAT SHA’ALTI (ONE THING I ASK)

3. I. AKHAT (ONE)

4. II. OTAH AVAKESH (THIS I REQUEST)

5. III. SHIVTI B’VET HASHEM (TO DWELL IN SACRED SPACE)

 

MONA LYN REESE

¡LA HABANA, MI AMOR!

6. I. CENA ROMÁNTICA

7. II. MI POSTRE, MI AMOR

8. III. ¡CHOCOLATE CALIENTE!

 

MEIRA WARSHAUER

9. OSEH SHALOM (MAKER OF PEACE)

 

MIGUEL MATAMOROS & MOISÉS SIMONS

10. SON DE LA LOMA/EL MANISERO

 

J.A. KAWARSKY

11. GRACE DANCES

 

ALSO ON ANSONICA RECORDS

 

INTERSECTIONS

CROSS-CULTURAL COLLABORATIONS

IN SOUND

 

JEFFREY JACOB

HEIDI JACOB

STEVEN BLOCK

SERGIO CERVETTI

CHRISTINA RUSNAK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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