Exquisitely simple, but endlessly deep. Andy Gill. The Independent
Meditative atmospheres, harmonic refinement, and an equilibrium between sound, resonance and silence. Stefano Russomanno. ABC Cultural
Delicate and subtle, with high poetic imagination. Jonathan Harvey
I fa l'aire visible (And It Turns the Air Visible) World premiere
The line I fa l'aire visible (And It Turns the Air Visible) manifests a captivating natural phenomenon: in a quiet full moon night, an especially intense light can brighten the space, so much so that the air becomes palpable, dense, visible, as if it possessed a corporeal form. The air is gifted with two opposite attributes: on the one hand, the darkness and silence that the night brings, and on the other, a visible form, light shafts.
28 January 2021. Palau de la Música Catalana. Barcelona, Spain 6 February 2021. Iglesia de San Nicolás. Segovia, Spain 11 February 2021. Auditorio Nacional de Música. Madrid, Spain Quartet Gerhard
Llum (Light, Gaisma) is an invitation to take a journey inward, to travel to the immense space which is, precisely, what makes us human, to that silent place which exists within us, to the deep wellspring that is the birthplace of everything, to the bright sapling of Peace; to the infinite, which announces the Mystery; to the gift of Life, Peace and Love.
Text by Vicenç Santamaria
20 March 2020. Riga Cathedral. Latvia cancelled
25 March 2020. L'Auditori. Barcelona, Spain cancelled
Latvian Radio Choir. Conductor: Sigvards Klava
Desert New work for shakuhachi and orchestra commissioned by Spanish National Orchestra on the occasion of the 2nd centenary of the Museo Nacional del Prado
World premiere: 14, 15 and 16 June 2019. Auditorio Nacional de Música. Madrid, Spain
Spanish National Orchestra. Paolo Bressan, conductor. Horacio Curti, shakuhachi
Outstanding performer: Bessie Award to PeiJu Chien-Pott PeiJu Chien-Pott, dance. Kakizakai Kaoru, shakuhachi. Neopercusión, percussion
11 October 2017
Martha Graham's lost 1933 solo reimagined by Virginie Mecene with music by Ramon Humet
PeiJu Chien-Pott, principal dancer of the Martha Graham Dance Company, will premiere EKSTASIS in New York City, a Martha Graham's lost 1933 solo reimagined by Virginie Mecene with music by Ramon Humet. Mecene choosed Humet’s Interlude VII from “Homenaje a Martha Graham” for this thrilling project.
In a 1980 interview about EKSTASIS, Martha Graham said that she was experimenting with the thrust of the pelvis. This lead her to explore “a cycle of distortion” that she found deeply meaningful. “Before Ekstasis, I had been using a more static form, trying to find a ritualistic working of the body,” she concluded.
EKSTASIS contains the initial discovery that gave birth to Martha Graham’s technique, based on the center of the body, the pelvis. Mecene envisioned a series of movements deeply connected to the earth, with slow departure as well as moments of ekstasis, all committed to the moment. Humet’s music organically fit with Mecene’s choreography, being both intriguing, deep, mysterious, earthy, sacred, and transporting.
EKSTASIS will be featured in the Joyce Theater as part of the Martha Graham Dance Company New York Season, celebrating its 90th birthday. Sessions at the Joyce Theater (New York): February 14, 16, 19, 24 and 26.
Llum (Light) is an invitation to take a journey inward, to travel to the immense space which is, precisely, what makes us human, to that silent place which exists within us, to the deep wellspring that is the birthplace of everything, to the bright sapling of Peace; to the infinite, which announces the Mystery; to the gift of Life, Peace and Love. The texts which accompany each of the seven stages of this inner pilgrimage were written by my friend Vicenç Santamaria, a monk from the monastery of Monserrat. The words have been set to music for a variety of choral formations - mixed choir, female voice choir, double choir -, and for different soloists. All the pieces are composed to be sung a cappella, and in Luminous Crumbs crotales and bar chimes have been added.
I. Tanca els ulls (Close Your Eyes), for female voice choir
II. Camina endins (Walk Inside), for mixed choir
III. Baixa al cim de l’Ànima (Descent to the Summit of the Soul), for female voice choir
IV. Pedra nua (Naked Stone), for mixed choir
V. Pau al Cor (The Peaceful Heart), for solo soprano and mixed choir
VI. Engrunes de Llum (Luminous Crumbs), for choir of soloists, mixed choir, crotales and bar chimes
Recording sessions of e-piano, an audiovisual project performed by Alberto Rosado. The BBVA Foundation supports this pushful recording. Rosado performs works for piano, electronics and video, in close collaboration with composers Hilda Paredes, Cristian Morales, Arturo Fuentes, Ramon Humet, Jesús Navarro and Aurélio Edler-Copes.
30 January 2015
Pau al Cor Latvian Radio Choir. New Music Festival Arena.
1 October 2014. St. John's Church. New Music Festival Arena. Riga, Latvia
Latvian Radio Choir. Conductor: Sigvards Klava