2nd Villa-Lobos International Chamber Music Festival 2016
Music and Visuals – Ginastera at 100 (Part II)
Culver Center of the Arts
Day 2 Performance
Friday, January 22, 2016, 7pm
The Villa-Lobos International Chamber Music Festival, an event conceived by the cellist Lars Hoefs in collaboration with UCR Professor Paulo C. Chagas, celebrates the music of Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) and other Latin American composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. The Second Villa-Lobos International Chamber Music Festival 2016 has a special emphasis on the Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera (1916-83) for his 100th birthday year.
This concert presents two works with music and visuals – the world premiere of Paulo C. Chagas Cotijuba and Mark Zebrowski's Music for David – along with Ginastera's String Quartert No. 2.
Paulo C. Chagas Cotijuba for string quartet and interactive visual projection celebrates the landscape of Cotijuba island located on the Amazon river in Brazil. The word "Cotijuba" means “golden path“ in the Tupi language of the native Tupinambás Indians that inhabited the island. It is an allusion to the many cliffs that expose the yellowish clay that makes up the soil of the island. The music for string quartet and interactive visuals illuminate the fascinating landscape of the island while letting appear a path of exhilarating spirituality rooted on the mythical past of the native Indians.
Mark Zebrowski's Music for David (2015) was composed to accompany Fire, a short film written, directed and animated by David Lynch. Fire is typical Lynchian surrealism, beginning when a man with a skeletal face and elongated arms lights a match, but also "a very melancholic film in a certain sense and also very poetic" according to Zebroswki. He and Lynch have collaborated extensively on this "great successful experiment", according to Lynch.
Alberto Ginastera's String Quartert No. 2. is a work of his middle period that demands a high level of virtuosity form the performers. The California Quartet, ensemble in residence of the Villa-Lobos International Chamber Music Festival 2016, performs the three works of the program.
Paulo C. Chagas: Cotijuba (2016) for string quartet and interactive visual projection (2016) – world premiere
Marek Zebrowski: Music for David (2015) for string quartet (composed for the short film "Fire" by David Lynch)
Alberto Ginastera: String Quartet No. 2, , Op. 26 (1958, Rev. 1968)
California Quartet: Bridget Dolkas and Alice Miller-Wrate, violins; Pam Jacobson, viola; Lars Hoefs, cello
Support has been provided by UCR College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS) and the City of Riverside.