Program Notes

The Solo Violin Suite O Sabiá was inspired by José Teixeira Brito’s homonymous screenplay in which a slave descendant boy loses speech after going through the trauma of being orphaned. Raised by his grandparents, the boy will overcome the trauma and speak and sing again only at the expense of another loss, this time, his so caring and beloved grandmother. The musical piece was a first draft in elaborating the short film’s soundtrack, aired in 2010. Besides the main character’s feelings and beliefs, the music aims at picturing the emblematic Campanha Gaúcha region, in southern Brazil, with its landscapes, colors and rhythms. The composer’s impression of the Sabia’s chant, transfigured into a 12-tone series, sews together the piece’s four movements:

  1. Rincão do Inferno [Hell’s Corner]: with its ups and downs, rapids and high-flying birds, is a dangerous place, where walking a straight line is unlikely. Instead, one must leap through stones and rocks one’s way out;

  2. Canto de Oxóssi [Oxossi’s Chant]: a few aspects of the Yoruba religion no longer exist in Africa, but can still be found in Brazil and Cuba. Its deity Oxossi is the god of the hunt and father of all animals. Mysterious, peeping, mystique, he taught all birds to sing but left his most beautiful chant to the Sabia;

  3. Bortolezas: are creatures of the night. Shaped like balls of fire, they can only be seen when it is darkest. They come and play, leaving at dawn;

  4. Morte de Onélia [Onelia’s Death]: represents both suffering and catharsis. A slow funeral procession marks this transcendence, ultimately unveiling the chant of the Sabia.

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Boston String Quartet

Apr 18, 2017

The Boston String Quartet will perform on April 18th of 2017 my Passacaglia (2013). The performance will take place at University of Florida in MUB 101. The quartet is comprised by Christopher Vuk, Angel Valchinov, Chen Lin, and Kett-Chuan Lee. Passacaglia for string quartet is an homage to Ruth Crawford Seeger's triple passacaglia, a procedure in which three levels of coherence are maintained through rotations of a series and through employing this series to generate syntax. These three levels unfold in the foremost ground at the first rotated instance, in the middle ground at each time a new rotation starts, and in the background at the beginning of new sections. Every new section provides harmonic variety by featuring a transposed, inverted, retrograded or retrograded and inverted instances of the series.

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Saxophone Duo by Steven Stusek and Laurent Estoppey

Feb 25, 2015

The saxophone duo by Steven Stusek and Laurent Estoppey will perform on February 25th 2015 at University of Florida in MUB 101 my Duo for Alto and Tenor Saxophones (2015). The reading will be followed by a workshop and recording session. I cannot wait to work with such great artists!

Out of Focus on SCI Showcase

Feb 7, 2015

My piece Out of Focus (2014) for woodwind quintet will be featured on the SCI Showcase here at University of Florida. It is a free event happening February 7th 2015 at 7:30 PM in MUB 101.

Out of Focus Reading

Oct 12, 2014

On October 12th 2014 I had a reading and workshop of Out of Focus (2014), my recent piece for wind quintet. It is always a wonderful experience to hear your music performed and to have a chance to work with the performers as well. The première of this piece will take place early in 2015.

Chamber Cartel

Mar 15, 2014

On March 15th 2014 at 10 A.M. come see the reading and workshop of Mergers and Wagers (2014), my brand new piece for piano and percussion. The event will take place at University of Florida in MUB 101, and the piece will be performed by percussionist Caleb Herron and pianist Amy O'Dell, two members of the outstanding Chamber Cartel.

Cellist Craig Hultgren

Oct 21, 2013

My piece Stingray Variations (2013) for solo cello will be performed by outstanding cellist Craig Hultgren in MUB 101 at University of Florida on October 21st 2013. After the reading there will be a short workshop with the performer. The piece explores the serial techniques of derivation and polyphonization, in which several layers of coherence occur simultaneously.

Student Composers' Concert

Apr 24, 2013

On April 24th 2013 at 7:30 P.M. I will have two pieces featured in the Student Composers' Concert at USF. The recital will take place in Barness Recital Hall and the pieces presented are Whimsical (2013) for flute and piano and Étude (2013) for string quartet, performed by Erica Barden on the flute, Linnea Norsworthy on the piano, Luis F. Vieira Damiani on the viola, Michael Amos on the violoncello, Kate Bryant on the violin, and Leslee Smucker on the violin.

Upcoming Graduate Recital

Oct 26, 2012

I am very excited to announce my Graduate Recital! I am particularly thrilled for having been able to finish a new piece for small ensemble called Triton Shells (2012) in time for this event. The program will have Four Piano Pieces (2000), Instrumental Quintet (2008), Trio Sonata (2010), Oasis (2012), as well as Triton Shells (2012), which I will conduct. Violinists Leslee Smucker, Valeria Frege and myself, violist Ashley Frith, cellists Natalie Schulthess and Michael Amos, and pianist and harpsichordist Jeff Chodil will join lovely flutist Erica Barden in Barness Recital Hall on October 26th 2012 at 7:30 P.M.

Student Composers' Concert

Oct 17, 2012

On October 17th 2012 I will have two pieces presented in the Student Composers' Concert here at University of South Florida! One is very old and the other fairly new. Four Piano Pieces (2000) will be performed by Jeff Chodil and Trio Sonata (2010) by wonderful Erica Barden on the flute, along with Michael Amos on the cello, Jeff Chodil on the harpsichord and myself on the violin. The venue will be the Barness Recital Hall and the recital starts at 7:30 P.M.

Chacarera at USF's Concert Hall

Apr 15, 2012

On April 15th 2012 at 7:30 P.M. I will have my piece Chacarera (2012) for English horn and percussion ensemble premiered in the Concert Hall at USF. Magnificent Amy Collins will join conductor Robert McCormick and members of the USF percussion studio. Chacarera was awarded in 2012 the Percussion Composition Prize and is a piece about my Gaucho origins.