Music Mexico Symposium: Chamber Music Concert
Music Mexico Symposium

Mexican Chamber Music Concert

May 26, 2022

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A night of new music and classics from the repertoire of Mexican chamber music hosted by Coast's Taylor Ho Bynum and DCWE's Brian Messier—including the premiere of Rodrigo Martinez's Drum Kit Concerto featuring Luther Gray as soloist, the Kalliope Reed Quintet fresh off of their Mexican tour and a new work for saxophone quartet by Nubia Jaime Donjuan premiered by members of the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble. 

Nubia Jaime Donjuan

Born in Hermosillo, Sonora, she began her musical studies at the age of six, and was part of OJUSSON (Sonora Symphony Youth Orchestra). After graduating from CEDART, she obtained a Bachelor of Music from the University of Sonora. She has had Arturo Márquez and Alexis Aranda as composition teachers, she has taken the Master Class with Brian Banks by UDLAP. She has also studied orchestration with the conductor David H. Bretón for four years. She has collaborated with various educational institutions, including University of Sonora, Michoacán University of San Nicolás de Hidalgo, Autonomous University of Zacatecas, Higher School of Catalonia, Strasbourg Conservatory and others to release and spread their work. 

As a composer and arranger, she has collaborated with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Sonora, Cancun Symphony Orchestra, Oaxaca Symphony Orchestra, Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, Mexican Orchestra of the Arts, Mérida Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the National Polytechnic Institute, and with various chamber music ensembles. She has composed concert music, opera for children, music for theater and videodance, as well as multidisciplinary projects. Nubia Jaime Donjuan's music has been performed by renowned soloists and ensembles inside and outside her country. She has been commissioned by the University of Sonora to orchestrate the institution´s university anthem. She navigates between two worlds: that of composition and that of interpretation, being a cellist of the Pitic Quintet and of the Camerata of the same institution. She is the founder of the Sonora Philharmonic, where she currently serves as co-principal cellist. She is part of The Montoneras Collective, which brings together the work of composers, performers and researchers in search of making visible the work of women in the music scene of their country. She was part of the Jury of the First Latin American Composition Contest SER, second edition of the festival "Saxophonists Festival network meeting of Latin America." Jaime Donjuan has been the first woman to win the Arturo Márquez Composition Contest for Chamber Orchestra, obtaining first place with the work Maso Ye´eme.          

Rodrigo Martinez

Rodrigo Martínez is a composer interested in the abstraction of popular musical languages as a tool for new creations. He is also a multi-instrumentalist who performs in different genres and styles. He was born in Mexico City in 1992. He studied music composition in Academia de Arte de Florencia and in Núcleo Integral de Composición (CDMX). He is currently studying a Master in Electroacoustic Composition at Centro Superior Katarina Gurska in Madrid, Spain.

He was a grant holder in the Mexican program Jóvenes Creadores by FONCA in 2018-2019. He was awarded a MacDowell fellowship (New Hampshire, USA) in October 2019.

Rodrigo was the grand prize-winning composer of the 2020 Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble Composition Competition. He also won the 2017 Arturo Márquez composition
competition with his piece Mambo Urbano, for chamber orchestra. With Radio Ruido, he won the 2017 Caja de Viento Call for Scores, by German accordionist Eva Zöllner. His music has been played by Dutch ensemble Modelo 62, Mexican ensembles CEPROMUSIC, Liminar and Ensamble Tamayo, as well as by Italian pianist Gloria Campaner.

Besides being a composer, he has been playing in different ensembles for the past years. In 2015 he joined Mexican Coro Delicieux where, apart from singing, he has been working as a choral arranger for the choir and for Mexican cult band Santa Sabina. In 2016 he was the main double bass player at the Orquesta Filarmónica del Nuevo Mundo, as well as the saxophone player in Kumpania, a Balkan music ensemble. In 2017 he traveled to the US and Brazil as the drummer for French singer Laure Briard. In 2019 he traveled to the US and all over Mexico with Monstruos del Mañana, a band for which he sings and composes. Currently, this band is
preparing the release of a new LP. So is Supersilverhaze, a Mexican rock trio in which Rodrigo plays drums.

Rodrigo has also composed music for film, theatre and advertising. Theatre collaborations include music for Bye bye bird, by Jose Manuel Hidalgo; sound design for Papá está solo, by Miguel Alejandro León. Film collaborations include music supervision and composition for Todo lo que fui(mos) by Lorenzo Navas, and original music for Remitente, by Mateo Miranda.

Kalliope Reed Quintet

The Kalliope Reed Quintet, founded in 2019, is the first professional reed quintet in New England. Hailed by the Boston Woodwind Society as "a fantastic musical group full of personality and musical abilities, adding up to a sum much greater than the parts," Kalliope has led the evolution of this ensemble through their many commissions and unabashedly ambitious programming. As a contemporary chamber ensemble and one of the first 50 reed quintets worldwide, their mission is to expand and diversify the reed quintet repertoire and to further strengthen the role of contemporary chamber music in the 21st century by presenting unique, engaging and educational programs to communities locally and worldwide. Learn more about the Kalliope Reed Quintet>

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