Carmen-Helena Téllez practices composition as part of her work as a conductor and producer of inter-artistic events, and as a corollary of her research on music within interdisciplinary arts. Her music is influenced by her life experience as a Latin American artist and scholar and by Latin America’s multicultural heritage. She also addresses the fluctuation of memory and perception, the role of music in the generation of sacred and communal spaces, and the co-creative action of performers and audiences.
La Flauta Mágica de los Andes, an adaptation of Mozart’s opera Die Zauberflöte in Spanish and Kechwa, with libretto by Chía Patiño, for an orchestra of Andean instruments (2018). 2 hours 30 minutes. See more information, price and instructions for download here
Oratorium nach Bildern der Bibel, a thanksgiving oratorio by Fanny Mendelssohn for the end of an epidemic, adapted for S,A,T,B, SATB chorus, wind quintet, string quintet and piano, (2019). 30 minutes. See more information, price and instructions for download here
Dreaming/Undreaming, a piano recital with video , composed of five originally composed promenades in dialogue with selected preludes and fugues of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I (2021). 55 minutes. See more information, price and instructions for download here.
A Dance for Seurat is a piece for orchestra that is part of a special collection commissioned by the South Bend Symphony Orchestra for its 2021-22 season. Its premiere is scheduled for January 9, 2022 under the baton of its brilliant music director Alastair Willis. The SBSO has conceived a multimedia event, presenting seven short character pieces commissioned to seven composers from the city of South Bend, Indiana. The project pays homage to the iconic painting La grande jatte by French artist Georges Seurat, housed barely 90 minutes away from South Bend at the Art Institute of Chicago, and well-known and loved by the public. All the composers have chosen a corner of the work to paint with music, while projections and animations of the painting will be created by the rising projection designer Camilla Tassi. Carmen will create a dance for the pets of the elegant lady with the parasol–a monkey and a dog. Carmen assumes the monkey is the ancestor of one now owned by her cousin in Caracas…so it will be a Venezuelan dance! The score will be available after the premiere so keep checking for more information as it becomes available HERE!
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