artistic directors  •.  collaborating artists  •.  partnerships

Aquava New Music Studio was founded in 1996 by conductor Carmen-Helena Téllez and composer Cary Boyce, joined by flutist and events producer Alain Barker in 2000.

Aquava New Music Studio assembles teams of virtuoso musicians and artists for projects involving new music. The forces may consist of a single instrument or a full orchestra and chorus, with anything in between. However, we are perhaps best known for presenting virtuoso works for vocal/instrumental combinations.

Aquava has worked with a number of internationally known composers such as Pulitzer Prize winner Shulamit Ran, MacArthur “Genius” Award winner John Eaton, Stephen Hartke, Ralph Shapey, Mario Lavista, Gerardo Dirié, and many others.

Aquava has also established project partnerships with eminent festivals, presenters, ensembles and composer family foundations, including Festival Internacional Cervantino of Mexico, Tempus Fugit Festival of Tel Aviv, Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango of Bogota, the concert series of the Library of Congress,  eighth blackbird, the University of Chicago Contemporary Chamber Players, the John Eaton Foundation with the Pocket Opera of New York and Chicago, as well as radio stations and community groups, offering production expertise and artistic consultation.

artistic directors  •.  collaborating artists  •.  partnerships