March 8, 2013 || 8:00 p.m.
CARTA Miami Beach Urban Studios
420 Lincoln Rd. Suite 440, Miami Beach
Music from Spain and South Florida
Featuring the NODUS Ensemble and guest clarinetist Oskar Espina-Ruiz from Barcelona. Featuring music by Luis de Pablo and composers from South Florida among others.
Puntos de Amor | Luis De Pablo
World premiere | Chen-Hui Jen
Solo – Kunst | Luis De Pablo
World Premiere | Jacob David Sudol
eden’s arch of promise bending | Paula Matthusen
Music for Trombone and Piano | Orlando Jacinto Garcia
Ke | Pascal Gaigne
Quartet (ISCM selected work) | Colin Labadie
Oskar Espina Ruiz has been described by the press as a “masterful soloist” and a “highly expressive” clarinetist who “brings forth the notes with an energy that reaches down to one’s soul.” Over the past nine years Espina Ruiz has performed at major concert halls and festivals to high critical acclaim, including concerto performances at the Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia, and recitals at Carnegie’s Weill Hall in New York, the Corcoran Museum in Washington D.C., the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, Oji Hall in Tokyo, the Madrid Royal Superior Conservatory, the Beijing and Shanghai Conservatories and Radio Television Hong Kong. He has appeared as soloist with the St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony (Russia), St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic (Russia), Orquesta Sinfónica de la Ciudad de Asunción (Paraguay) and Bilbao Symphony (Spain). He is deeply involved with the music of our time and has premiered works written for him by Chinese composers Ao, Hu and Chen, Spanish composers Bageneta and Villasol, French composer Gaigne and American composers Weymouth and Spinei. Oskar Espina Ruiz currently holds a clarinet faculty position at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music in San Juan, maintains a clarinet studio at Bloomingdale School of Music in New York City and is artistic director of the Treetops Chamber Music Society, in Stamford, Conn., while keeping a busy concert schedule.
Initiated by FIU faculty composer Orlando Jacinto García, NODUS is the professional contemporary chamber music ensemble in residence at Florida International University in Miami (FIU). Specializing in the cutting edge Art music of our time, the makeup of the ensemble varies for each concert. The ensemble’s repertoire includes recent music by composers from around the world, works written specifically for the ensemble, and works with electronics and/or video.
NODUS debut at the FIU Festival of the Arts in November 1998 and shortly thereafter was featured at the January 1999 New Music Miami Festival. Subsequent performances have included the 1999, 2000, and 2001 FIU Music Festival, the 2001 Music of the Americas Festival, the 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 New Music Miami ISCM Festival, the 2004 International Computer Music Conference, the 2006 International Association of Women in Music Conference, and other concerts held at a variety of South Florida venues over the past several seasons. In 2009-10 NODUS was featured at the International New Music Festival in Lima, Peru, and once again participated in the New Music Miami ISCM Festival. During 2010 and 2011 the ensemble is scheduled to perform at the Cervantino Festival in Mexico and the World Music Days in Zagreb, Croatia. NODUS has been featured at the Norton Museum, Wertheim Performing Arts Center, the Wolfsonian, the Spanish Cultural Center, Miami Art Central, Miami Art Museum, von Hartz Gallery, Dorsch Gallery, Gusman Concert Hall, among other performing spaces in the region. In the summer of 2010 Innova Recordings will release sonidos cubanos, the ensembles’ first CD. The album includes the works of 4 Cuban composers Tania Leon, Sergio Barroso, Ileana Perez Velazquez, and Orlando Jacinto Garcia. The musicians in NODUS are internationally acclaimed performers and include flutist Elissa Lakofsky, clarinetists Paul Green, and Julian Santacoloma, pianists Jose Lopez and Jennifer Snyder, percussionists Guy St-Amant and Mark Schubert, violinists Robert Davidovici, Huifang Chen, and Luis Fernandez, violist Laura Wilcox, cellist Phillip Lakofsky, contrabassist Luis Gomez Imbert, soprano Kathleen Wilson, and tenor Robert Dundas.