Composers with Disabilities Around the World
Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pmFree & Open to the Public
Crossing Borders Music presents a unique, online chamber music program of composers with disabilities from Scotland, Haiti, Japan, Colombia, and the US, including four world premier works! The composers were selected from a competitive call for scores. UK autistic composer Rylan Gleave’s subtle sea soundscape “in waves” was commissioned by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for the Edinburgh Quartet in collaboration with The University of Stirling, but, because of the coronavirus, will receive its premiere performance in this virtual program. The piece is inspired by three paintings by Scottish artist Kirstie Cohen and a poem by Beag Horn, with each artist depicting waves of the Atlantic lashing into rock formations on the shore. The program will also include world premiere performances of Karen Brown’s four-movement String Quartet, Anna Jo Maxwell’s Romance in E Major for viola and piano, and Haitian composer Julio Lubin’s “For the Victims of Coronavirus.” The program also includes SL Stahl’s “Moda Aní,” a piano trio whose title refers to the Jewish prayer given upon waking up, as well as Minato Sakamoto’s evocative “Nocturne for Chinese Railway.” Rounding out the program are two solo piano pieces by Luis Calvo, including his poignant “Adios a Bogota” which he wrote upon being forced to leave his home in Bogota to spend the rest of his life in a leper colony, as well as María del Carmen Cordovez’s Waltz in D Minor. Calvo and Carmen Cordovez are Colombian composers who were active in the 20th century; their scores were provided to Crossing Borders Music by Prof. Luis Calvo Rodriguez Alvarez, Professor of Music at the University of Antioquia, who will share his remarks on these two composers.
The performances will be recorded at First Unitarian Church of Chicago, with Crossing Borders Music’s grateful appreciation to the church for providing its beautiful and resonant space.
The pieces will be introduced in English with American Sign Language interpretation provided by Sarika D. Mehta.
Pictured: Composer Rylan Gleave smiling in front of a grey background. Photo credit: David Mar Photography (https://www.davidmarphotography.com/)