It is with the greatest sadness that we announce the passing of our dear friend, colleague, and musical partner Carmen Helena Téllez. Carmen passed away on Friday, December 10, 2021. Friends are the family you choose.
Our sister interdisciplinary project Kosmologia has been invited to present DreamingUndreaming at the exciting Ear Taxi Festival of Chicago, September 18 and 19, 2021.
Originally commissioned by The Princeton Festival for the virtual season of 2021, Dreaming/ Undreaming will be presented in its hybrid version, with the wonderful pianist Natasha Stojanovska performing live to videos projected in real time by their creators Camilla Tassi and Ryan Belock.
Learn more HERE!
To see a glimpse of Dreaming/Undreaming, click HERE
On Friday, May 22, at 2pm EDT, Carmen-Helena Téllez is joined by the brilliant conductor Dominick DiOrio for a discussion on new cross-disciplinary and technological directions for choral music, produced by Alain Barker and the Office of Entrepreneurship and Career Development of the Jacobs School of Music. Everyone is invited.
Read review HERE
Look for the news of the availability of the score of “A Garden of Roses” for choir and string quartet. For any questions, write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Cary Boyce, co-founder of Aquava New Music Studio, will premiere his new composition A Garden of Roses, for chamber choir and string quartet, with the Kantorei Chamber Choir under conductor Tim Westerhaus, this Sunday, February 16, in Spokane Listen to the INTERVIEW HERE.
The brilliant Macedonian pianist based in Chicago and Santa Fe, NM, has begun her project of recording works by Eastern European women composers Grażyna Bacewicz, Bojana Petrovic Aleksova, Zara Levina, Maria Szymanowska, Dora Pejačević and her own two Phantasies No.1 and No.2. The project will be engineered by the outstanding Dan Nichols of Aphorism Studio, and produced by Carmen-Helena Tellez of Aquava New Music. (Photo courtesy of Howard Eckdahl)
The independent critic Grego Applegate Edwards has issued a wonderful review of John Eaton-The Sor Juana Project! He has praised its “precision and flair” of the ensemble, as well as the “presence and poise” of the vocalists Kate Maroney, Hyona Kim, Tony Boutté and Bridget Parker. It was indeed a privilege for Aquava New Music Studio to be commissioned by the John Eaton Foundation to bring this project into fruition. John Eaton (1934-2015) was a visionary and influential figure in the world of microtonal American music, and considered “the most interesting opera composer working in America today” by Andrew Porter and the Financial Times. For more information on John Eaton’s work and legacy, please visit his biographical page at the John Eaton Foundation’s website. The the two-CD album John Eaton-The Sor Juana Project is available at CDBaby, Amazon.com, and digital outlets everywhere.
AQUAVA NEW MUSIC STUDIO has completed the production of THE SOR JUANA PROJECT, a recording of MacArthur Award composer John Eaton’s compositions on poems by Mexican Baroque poet Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. Eaton, who died suddenly in 2015, considered these complex microtonal works for voices and instrumental ensemble some of the best in his output. The CD was released on March 30, 2019, to coincide with a concert in New York City’s Symphony Space celebrating the legacy of the composer.
The project involves some of the best performers working in new music today, including mezzo-soprano Kate Maroney, tenor Tony Boutté, guitarist Dieter Hennings Yeomans, pianist Christopher Oldfather, mezzo-soprano Hyona Kim, soprano Bridget Parker, flutist Roberta Michel, cellist Peter Sachon, and percussionists Karolyn Stonefelt, and Jamie Sunshine, with electronics by Sascha von Oertzen, all under the musical direction of Carmen-Helena Téllez, with assistant director Gregory Geehern.