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The Garden of the Forking Paths

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April 16, 2015 8:00 pm

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Music of Arthur Kampela and Marcelo Toledo
Ensemble Las meninas de Velazquez.

Composers Arthur Kampela & Marcelo Toledo present The Garden of the Forking Paths, a concert/happening with 10 brilliant performers: Ensemble Las meninas de Velazquez

Margaret Lancaster, flutes
Vasko Dukovski, bass clarinet
Rebekah Heller, bassoon
Brad Balliett, bassoon
Jay Rosen, tuba
Maya Bennardo, violin
Hannah Levinson, viola
Meaghan Burke, cello
Julia Den Boer, piano
Javier Diaz, percussion

Through the years, Marcelo Toledo has developed a personal musical style particularly oriented toward the exploration of instrumental timbre, an aspect of his work that has become a characteristic facet of his compositions. Toledo has eliminated the traditional importance given to pitch in order to focus on a new aural matter. This is the product of research created through his essential engagement to explore -with his personal techniques- the instruments of the orchestra. Toledo’s music evolves almost biologically in an intricate sound texture made out of complex fluid sounds.

Arthur Kampela  Winner of the 1995 International Guitar Composition Competition (Caracas, Venezuela) and of the 1998 Lamarque-Pons Guitar Composition Competition (Montevideo, Uruguay), two of the most prestigious composition competitions for the guitar in the world, he is internationally recognized as one of the most representatives voices of his generation. Kampela has broken new ground in two particular ways: first, in his native country as a sort of “Brazilian Frank Zappa,” establishing himself as a true heir to the Bossa-Nova and Tropicalist movements of Brazilian recent music. Second, in his series of “Percussion Studies” for solo guitar, Kampela  has created an entirely new playing technique, combining in a compelling and seamless manner, traditional playing techniques and noise oriented, percussive effects.

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