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Another collaboration, a new host, and the fruits of 2011.

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

2012 was a year where we had the great opportunity to slow down the tempo a bit, and maximize the achievements that came in the previous year.  We have been working towards the upcoming presentations in Mexico during the fall of 2013 of our program 3 Huapangos, a program that aims to take some of our listeners towards Mexico’s contemporary music, composed and performed by young Mexican artists today.  We have chosen José Pablo Moncayo’s iconic piece Huapango as a guiding thread that takes the listener through newer soundscapes, which also stem from Mexico’s rich and colorful culture and are a part of the international contemporary music scene.  This program was presented at the Hospicio Cabañas in Guadalajara, Mexico, during the closing ceremony for the Global Public Policy Summit 2011.  To see a clip from the concert you can visit the following link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqMPbtYaEKQ&feature=youtu.be

The presentations at Utzon Center and Odin Teatret in Jylland, Denmark last august mark the fourth series of concerts we have held in Denmark, our first host country since the beginning of this platform in the fall of 2008.  We met wonderful and warm people at these two very beautiful centers dedicated to art and creativity.  We would like to thank our hosts at Odin Teatret and Open Days for making this possible. We are looking forward to visiting you again!

During the coming month of November we will present our first concert in Poland, and thus we’ll be adding one more host country to our list of collaborations.  The concert will be performed by Santiago Gutiérrez Bolio and Santiago Lascurain on Sunday November 18th, at The Frederic Chopin Academy in Warsaw, and will present music by Mario Lavista, Tomás Barreiro, Manuel M. Ponce and Gutiérrez Bolio among others.

Another important development towards the end of this year is the recording of the CD Water Cycles, which includes music for guitar and percussion by Ivan Olsen, Mauro Patricelli and Gutiérrez Bolio, performed by Matias Seibæk and Santiago Gutiérrez Bolio.  We like to think of this CD as a direct result of what our platform aims at when at its best: the collaboration between two artists from different parts of the world, each sharing their own artistic viewpoint and craft, while sharing the music from their home countries.  It will be available in December 2012, more details coming up at www.santiagogb.com

 

After a busy 2011, the SOFMEX 2012-13 Season is under way.

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

2011 was an important year for Sounds of Mexico. It gave our platform the chance to close an important cycle started during the very first beginnings of the project in Denmark back in 2008. Last October, we performed the program Lige over vandet / Océanos Cruzados at Festival Internacional Cervantino XXXIX ed. – Latin America's most prestigious Scenic Arts festival http://impreso.milenio.com/node/9048561 (Spanish). Here we presented Danish and Mexican new music for guitar, electronics & percussion, performed by an even mix of Danish and Mexican artists with whom we have been collaborating for the last couple of years. The network of collaboration that we are working to establish ideally develops in several stages – we visit different countries and share our music while getting to know local artists and possible collaborators; we visit again to realize these collaborations, and finally we offer the use of our network to our collaborators – we invite them to play in other countries, and hopefully bring them along to Mexico and share the work we have done, this time in our own country.

This has been the case with Denmark, where we started the project with our first series of concerts in 2008, we followed up with presentations during 2010 &2011, and with our first visit to Mexico last fall and our concert at Festival Internacional Cervantino, we achieved for the first time this '3-step' collaborative process. We are also looking forward to reaching this stage with more of our host countries.

2011 also gave us the chance to start working on our first recording (http://vimeo.com/30290246) We recorded Más Música Mística for guitar quartet & percussion, written in 2010 in memoriam Max Jardow-Pedersen – a Danish ethno-musicologist who spent a great part of his professional life in México, studying the music of the Maya. The recording of this piece was made during our visit to Copenhagen in early fall, and we had our dear friends from Copenhagen Guitar Duo and Matias E. Seibæk playing with us in it.

Now a new year has come and we are looking forward to our next projects and collaborations. The work in Denmark will continue later this summer, we are looking forward to visiting Paris again, and once more we are hoping to pay Mexico a good visit. All details and info on our activities during this next season coming up very soon!

 

Festival Internacional Cervantino 2011

Domingo 10 de julio de 2011

Sounds of Mexico interpretará un programa de música mexicana y danesa contemporánea.

  • Ofrecerá el programa Lige over vandet / Océanos cruzados el viernes 21 de octubre, a las 12:00 horas, en el Salón del Consejo Universitario.
  • Interpretará obras de Santiago Gutiérrez Bolio, Alejandra Hernández, Carlos Iturralde, Jesper Koch, Anders Koppel y Per Nørgård.

El ensamble Sounds of Mexico ofrecerá un programa de música mexicana y danesa contemporánea en de su participación en la 39 edición del Festival Internacional Cervantino (FIC).

Sounds of Mexico fue creado en 2008 por iniciativa del guitarrista y compositor Santiago Gutiérrez Bolio –director artístico del proyecto, junto con Santiago Lascurain–, y apoyado por la Embajada de México en Dinamarca, con el objetivo de establecer una plataforma internacional para la promoción de la música de concierto de nuestro país y la colaboración entre músicos mexicanos y de diversas nacionalidades. Ha ofrecido recitales en las principales ciudades de Dinamarca, Finlandia, Francia, Holanda, Islandia y Suiza.

Debido a que se trata de un proyecto en constante movimiento, Sounds of Mexico se presenta en cada ciudad con distintos programas y dotaciones. En la fiesta del espíritu, el ensamble estará conformado por el percusionista danés Matias Escudero Seibæk, los guitarristas daneses Allan Sjølin y Martin Buono, los guitarristas mexicanos Santiago Gutiérrez Bolio y Santiago Lascurain, y el compositor y ejecutante Carlos Iturralde, a cargo de la electrónica en vivo.

El programa a interpretar en el FIC, titulado Lige over vandet / Océanos cruzados, está integrado por obras de los compositores daneses Jesper Koch, Anders Koppel y Per Nørgård, y de los mexicanos Alejandra Hernández, Carlos Iturralde y el propio Gutiérrez Bolio, cuya pieza Tres de masita, preparadas (2010), para guitarra preparada, abrirá el recital.

La primera parte del programa también incluirá 4 pieces for 2 guitars (1999) de Anders Koppel y Vaccum's Vessels (2004), para guitarra, percusión y electrónica en vivo, de Carlos Iturralde. La primera obra, comisionada por el Scandinavian Guitar Duo, está compuesta por cuatro movimientos de lenguajes musicales tan variados y representativos de la guitarra, como el flamenco, el choro, el tango, el rock y el blues.

Sounds of Mexico interpretará en la segunda parte del programa Shine, Sr.? (2010), para guitarra y cinta, de Alejandra Hernández; Roundelay (1996), para trío de guitarras, de Jesper Koch; el cuarto movimiento, Fire over Water (hexagram No. 64), de la obra I ching (1982), para percusión, de Per Nørgård, y Más Música Mística - In memoriam Max Jardow-Pedersen (2010), para cuarteto de guitarras y percusión, de Gutiérrez Bolio.

La última obra está directamente basada e inspirada en el trabajo de Max Jardow-Pedersen, etnomusicólogo danés que investigó en Yucatán durante más de 20 años la música de los mayas.

Sounds of Mexico, Dinamarca, invitado de honor
Viernes 21 de octubre, 12:00 horas
Salón del Consejo Universitario
Guanajuato

   



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