Aguavá has been privileged to work with a number of superb artists
Melinda Scherer Bootz, violist, joined the Aguavá Ensemble in 1998. She is currently a violist with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, and has played in the Fort Wayne, Colorado Springs, and Evansville, Columbus, Louisville, and Indianapolis symphonies. She plays frequent recitals as soloist, with string quartet, and with various chamber ensembles. Ms. Bootz has participated in several festivals in the U.S. and Germany. She has been faculty at University of Evansville, Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne; and a graduate assistant at Indiana University, Bloomington.
Contempo (formerly the University of Chicago Contemporary Chamber Players)
Curtis Cook, bass, is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas. He received
Pablo Corá, tenor, is from Buenos Aires, where he completed a trilingual baccalaureate from Barker College. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from Ithaca College, and his Masters Degreein Voice from Indiana University. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Early Music Voice Performance from Indiana University. Mr. Corá has performed as a soloist in the U.S., Italy, Germany, Austria, and several countries in South America. He has performed with such ensembles as Theatre of Voices, with which he has recorded for Harmonia Mundi; the IU Pro Arte Singers; the Folger Consort; Piffaro; Aguavá New Music; and The Concord Ensemble. As a founding member of the prize-winning Concord Ensemble, Mr. Corá has also recorded with Dorian Recordings.
The Corigliano String Quartet—Michael Jinsoo Lim, and Sujean Kim, violins; Melia Watras, viola; and Jeffrey Zeigler, cello join Aguavá New Music as special guests on the Itineraries of the Night CD. The Corigliano Quartet is dedicated to the presentation of new American music in tandem with the standard string quartet repertoire. The Corigliano Quartet was founded in 1996 with the blessing of composer John Corigliano, after a brilliant performance of his quartet during the Second Inter-American Composition Workshop at Indiana University. The composerstates simply, "This is an extraordinary ensemble." They have gone on to win the Grand Prize at the 1999 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and perform in such major venues as Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, and the Kennedy Center. The Coligliano Quartet is the first Graduate Quartet-in-residence at the Indiana University School of Music, and they are part-time visiting lecturers on the faculty. The New York Times calls them, "Musicians who seem to say, 'Listen to this!' "
Nicolas del Grazia, clarinetist, studied at The City University in London and at The Guildhall School of Music. He also hold's a Master's degree in music theory from King's College London. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Indiana University where he is an associate instructor in clarinet. He has collaborated with many composers both in Great Britain and in the U.S. for numerous commissioned and premiered works. Nicolas del Grazia is also a member of Kylix, a contemporary chamber music group.
Gerardo Dirié, composer, graduated from the Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina, where he studied with Atilio Arguello, Oscar Bazan, and Cesar Franchisena. He is a founder member of Collegium Centro de Educacion e Investigaciones Musicales in Cordoba, an institution devoted to music education and research. In the Collegium, he taught composition and theory to students of all ages, and was the music director of the choral ensemble of this institution. For five years, he conducted programs devoted to contemporary music and Latin American Colonial music. He completed his doctorate at Indiana University where he in nowassistant professor of music in General Studies and assistant director of the Latin American Music Center.
John Eaton, composer, born in Bryn Mawr in 1935, has been called “The most interesting opera composer writing in America today” by Andrew Porter in The London Financial Times. Through his work in a variety of media, he has received international recognition as a composer and performer of electronic and microtonal music and, most recently, as collaborator on the acclaimed Eaton-Moog Multiple-Touch-Sensitive Keyboard. Eaton’s work has been performed extensively throughout the world. Among his best know works are his opera The Cry of Clytaemnestra, which has received great public and critical acclaim at its nearly twenty performances, including those under the auspices of the San Francisco Opera, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Bolshoi Hall of the Moscow Conservatory; The Lion and Androcles, written especially for children, shown on national television and taken on tour by the Cincinnati Symphony; and The Tempest, called “a formidable intellectual as well as musical achievement ... an opera of stark beauty” by Michael Walsh of Time Magazine following its premiers by the Santa Fe Opera. In 1993, in collaboration with the New York New Music Ensemble, he formed the Eaton Opera Company of Chicago, which presented his operatic pieces Peer Gynt and Let’s Get This Show on the Road to great public and critical acclaim. Two similar operas, Don Quixote and Golk, were premiered by his company in June of 1996. He has been the recipient of many awards, including three Prix de Rome Grants, two Guggenheim Fellowships, and a prestigious “genius” award from the MacArthur Foundation. Eaton has been Professor of Music Composition at the University of Chicago for the last five years. His compositions have been recorded by C.R.I., Indiana Press, (American) Decca, and Tournabout, and are published by Shawnee Press and G.Schirmer (A.M.P.).
Linda McKay Feldmann, artist, provided the cover art "Blossom in Darkness" for Aguavá’s Itineraries of the Night CD. She lives and paints in Albany, New York. Her work, frequently in watercolor and gouache, is characterized by glowing primary colors and an effulgent light that seems to come from within the work itself. Her art has deep connections to the human condition: emotions range from deep sadness to whimsical optimism, cast in a lyrical beauty and mystical atmosphere.
Paul Flight, countertenor and conductor, has sung with several distinguished groups, including The Waverly Consort, The New York Collegium, Voices of Ascension, The New York Concert Singers, and Theatre of Voices. He has also sung in England, where he was a lay-clerk in the choir of Norwich Cathedral. He is much in demand as a soloist, having performed Messiah, the Bach St. John Passion, the
Andrew Hendricks, baritone, has performed a wide number of contemporary works, including Peter Maxwell Davies Eight Songs of a Mad King, George Crumb's Songs, Drones and Refrains of Death, John Adams' The Wound-Dresser, and the title role in Adams' Nixon in China. He has initiated a professional career as an opera and oratorio soloist while finishing his doctoral degree in voice performance
The Indiana University Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, founded in 1971 and now conducted by Carmen Helena Téllez, specializes in choral music of this century, with emphasis on recently composed works. The ensemble has presented music, often commissions and premieres, of many noted composers, from famous masterworks of the early century to works by gifted student composers, in styles ranging from the traditional to the highly experimental. Members of CVE join with singers from Aguavá for Cary Boyce's Ave Maria on the Itineraries of the Night CD.
Isami Kawachi, clarinetist, was born in Kobe, Japan, graduated from the Kyoto University of Art, and received a Master of Music and a Performer's Diploma from the Indiana University School of Music. He won the Matsukata Hall Music Award, Japan, the second place Judges Encouragement Award from Japan, and was finalist in the North American Clarinet Competition sponsored by Boosey and Hawkes and
Mario Lavista, composer, perhaps Mexico’s leading composer today, was born 1943 in Mexico where he studied composition before going on to Paris and Darmstadt, where he took courses with Xenakis, Pousseur and Stockhausen. His works are regularly performed in Mexico, France and Spain, and he has represented his country nternationally on various occasions. Lavista is among the founders of the group for improvisation, Quanta, the first ensemble of its kind in Mexico. He teaches at the National Conservatory of Mexico. His Missa Brevis ad Consolationis Dominam Nostram was composed at the request of Aguavá New Music director Carmen Helena Téllez, who premiered the work with the Indiana University Contemporary Vocal Ensemble. The solo version of the work has been recorded byAguavá on the Canticum Novum CD.
Lynne Morrow, mezzo-soprano and conductor, began her appointment as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of the Opera Theatre at Sonoma State University (California) in August 2001.She is currently a doctoral candidate at Indiana University. Her professional conducting engagements for 2000 included assisting for Porgy and Bess at Opera Illinois and music directing Once on This Island at the IU Theatre. During the 1999 season, Ms. Morrow was music director for Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe and for Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. Ms. Morrow’s conducting activities have included conducting Bernstein’s Mass for the Opera Theatre in Spring 1999. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Ms. Morrow has performed as a mezzo soloist with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Oakland East Bay Symphony and the Midsummer Mozart Festival. She was formerly the Assistant Director of the Pacific Mozart Ensemble specializing in contemporary opera excerpts. Ms. Morrow is also a founding member of ModusNovus, a contemporary solo vocal quintet, which has worked with many composers, commissioning new works and performing premieres.
Kenneth Price, guitarist, sound engineer, studied with Ernesto Bitetti in the guitar department at Indiana University. He has been the top-prize winner in numerous guitar competitions including the Portland International Guitar Competition, and has played in master classes with Manuel Barrueco, Roberto Aussel, Oscar Ghiglia, Abel Carlevaro. He is also the owner and chief engineer of Highland Digital MusicServices, a recording company based in Bloomington, Indiana.
Shulamit Ran, composer, Tempus Fugit Artistic Director, and winner of the 1991 Pulitzer Prize in composition, was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, where she received her early training, and came to the U.S. to study at the age of fourteen, having received scholarships from Mannes College of Music in New York and the America Israel Cultural Foundation. In 1990 Ms. Ran was appointed by Maestro Daniel Barenboim to be Composer-in-Residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as part of the Meet The Composer Orchestra Residencies Program. She is presently the William H. Colvin Professor of Composition at the University of Chicago, where she has taught since 1973. In 1987 she was Visiting Professor at Princeton University. She is the recipient of two honorary doctorates from Mount Holyoke College (1988) and Spertus Institute (1994) and was also elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among her numerous awards, fellowships and commissions are those from the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund, the FordFoundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Fromm Music Foundation. Her Symphony, commissioned by The Philadelphia Orchestra and premiered in 1990, has been performed by the New York Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Jerusalem Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Amsterdam Philharmonic, the American Composers Orchestra, and many others.
Luis Roncayolo, double bassist, attended Fullerton College and California State University, Long Beach for jazz studies, and he graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. For four summers he attended the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara and has attended the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado. He was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami for three years and with that group went to Japan and the United Kingdom. Upon his arrival in Bloomington, Indiana he became involved in the Early Music Institute of the Indiana University School of Music and was an original member of the Bloomington Early MusicFestival. He has a Masters of Music from Indiana University and is currently working on a Doctorate of Music degree. He is currently faculty at Eastern Illinois University.
Josep M. Sobrer, author and translator, was born in Barcelona in Catalonia (Spain). He is Professor in the Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese at Indiana University Bloomington. Professor Sobrer has published books and articles on Catalan and Spanish literature. He is the author of The Book of Oracles (prose poems) and coauthor of The Singers Anthology of Twentieth-Century Spanish Songs.
Susan Swaney, soprano and conductor, is a doctoral student in Choral Conducting at Indiana University. She also has a Master's degree in Voice Performance from IU and a Bachelor's degree in Music History and Violin from the University of Michigan. Sue has sung lead roles in Bernstein's Candide, Adams' Nixon in China, Holst's Savitri and Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles at Indiana University, as well as the role of Olympia Brown in the world premiere of Deborah Phelps' Fire inMy Bones in Indianapolis and the Traveler in the world premiere of Constance Cooper's Easter Eve at Princeton University. For three years, she was director of the Indiana University Children's Choir, and is now music director of the chamber choir, Voces Novae, which recently released Meditations on Life-Death, a double CD of music and readings for hospice patients.
Byron Stayskal, classicist, provided production and editorial assistance as well as German and Latin translations for Aguavá’s Itineraries of the Night CD. Dr. Stayskal received his Ph.D. in Classical Studies from Indiana University after which he spent a year as the American Fellow at the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae in Munich, Germany. A former professor of Ancient Greek and Latin at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, he is currently pursuing additional degrees in mathematics at the University of Iowa. In addition to his work with Aguavá, Dr. Stayskal has also provided translations for recordings by the Medieval music ensemble Altramar.
Bridget Wintermann Parker, soprano, is from Heidelberg, Germany. She has a masters degree from the Indiana University School of Music. In the summer of 1999, Ms. Wintermann sang the summer season with Humbach-Dietramszell Theater in Bavaria in the roles of Gilda in Rigoletto and Rosina in The Barber of Seville. She has soloed with the IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble during the 1997-98 season, performing Alfred Schnittke's Requiem, and the premiere of John Eaton's Mass for soprano, clarinet, and mixed vocal-instrumental ensemble. Ms. Parker is an American citizen, and a frequent soloist with Aguavá New Music Studio.
Angelique Zuluaga, soprano, started her singing career at the Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia, where she received her "Licenciatura en música". She sang with the Opera Workshops of the Universidad del Valle interpreting many solo roles including Susana, Adina, Fiordiligi, Euridice, Norina and La Musica. In 1997 she debuted with the Valle Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Francesco Belli.She has been a frequently invited soloist of the Dolmetsch Ensemble (Cali, Colombia) and has performed with the Bloomington Chamber Singers, Bloomington Early Music Festival, Amherst Early Music Festival and Aguavá New Music Studio. She has received master classes with Mary Mackenzie, Marina Tafur, Paul Elliott, Ellen Hargis, Julianne Baird and Dale Moore and has also worked under the direction of Gerald Sousa, Jan Harrington, Paul Hillier, John Poole, and Andrew Lawrence-King. Awards include the Dorothy Quinn Memorial award given by the Metropolitan of Opera Council, San Diego district (2000), and the prestigious Willi-Apel Early Music scholarship given by the Early Music Institute at Indiana University. She initiated her own group Fénix de los Ingenios in 2004.
Menachem Zur, composer, was born in Israel in 1942. He is a graduate of The Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem. In the United States he received degrees from the Mannes College of Music, Sarah Lawrence College, and Columbia University, where he was awarded the DMA degree in 1976. Prof. Zur has taught at Queens College, CUNY, and New York University, and is on the faculty of the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem. Prof. Zur has composed numerous works, including chamber, vocal, symphonic and electronic music, and one full-scale opera. He was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1981, and has received other commissions and awards as well. In 1991-1992 M. Zur received four national prizes. Most of his works have been published in the United States and in Israel. His orchestral works have received numerous performances by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Jerusalem Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 1992-1994, Prof. Zur served as the chairman of the Israel League of Composers. Between 1992-1996 he served as the official Israeli delegate to the ISCM.
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