Houston Symphony EarShot Readings Postponed

Readings of Works by Composers José G. Martínez R., Patricia Martínez, Marco-Adrián Ramos, and Diana M. Rodriguez Aguilar to be Postponed

Style Magazine Newswire | 3/23/2020, 3:02 p.m.

Houston, TX & New York, NY – EarShot Readings with Houston Symphony scheduled to take place in Houston, TX on May 5-7, 2020 have been postponed in an effort to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19). The Readings, led by conductor Christopher Rountree, were to have featured the following works by four emerging orchestral composers: José G. Martínez R.’s En El Otro Lado/On the Other Side, Patricia Martínez’s PHOSPHORUS, Marco-Adrián Ramos’ Rehén de tus labios, o Escena de telenovela, and Diana M. Rodriguez Aguilar’s Mudai. These four composers were selected from a pool of 137 applicants in an international call for scores, reviewed by a distinguished panel of mentor composers.

The readings of all four pieces will be rescheduled at the earliest opportunity, as part of a future Houston Symphony season.

American Composers Orchestra seeks to identify and celebrate emerging American composers through its EarShot program. Drawing from a national network of advisors and advocates, EarShot works with orchestras around the country to identify and support promising composers in the early stages of their careers. Orchestras have relied on EarShot to identify and connect with composers consistent with their artistic vision, and to advise the orchestra on commissions, competitions, and program design. Managed by the American Composers Orchestra (ACO), EarShot is a partnership between the ACO, League of American Orchestras, American Composers Forum, and New Music USA. Over the past 10 years EarShot has initiated dozens of composer/orchestra/conductor relationships across the country offering opportunities to more than 100 composers. In 2016, ACO launched a composer archive of past EarShot compositions now in the orchestral repertoire.

ACO Artistic Director Derek Bermel, Music Director George Manahan, Orchestra Committee Chair Eugene Moye, Board Chair Frederick Wertheim, and President Ed Yim jointly stated, “These are turbulent times for arts organizations. Usually, in times of crisis and need, we are able to provide our art to console, heal, gather and reflect. This particular crisis is preventing us from doing that, and it is frustrating not to be able to share the music we all need so much right now. But we remain fervent in our belief in the need for music, the arts, and creativity, and we will seek ways in the coming weeks to do as much as possible to provide what we can during this time.”

In an effort to continue to bring new music to its audiences during the crisis, ACO will be providing videos online for a seven day period of its recent Underwood New Music Readings, held without the public in attendance on March 12 and 13. These Readings, which have become an influential platform for aspiring orchestral composers, included works by six emerging composers – Dai Wei, Anthony R. Green, Paul Novak, Christian Quiñones, Gity Razaz, and Keane Southard. Those interested in accessing the videos by email can sign up at http://bit.ly/ACOEmail.

More information about Houston Symphony is available online at www.houstonsymphony.org and American Composers Orchestra at www.americancomposers.org.

José G. Martínez R.'s music incorporates a wide range of influences from Colombian folk tunes to contemporary composition techniques, while borrowing from Latin music, heavy metal and audio sampling techniques. His works range from solo pieces with electronics to orchestral works, passing through chamber ensembles, electroacoustic pieces, and collaborations with dancers and video. His main musical interest is the idiosyncratic synthesis of timbral examination, Latin American vernacular music, sociopolitics, and technology. He has written for ensembles such as Alarm Will Sound, Spanish ensemble Taller Sonoro, Wild Up, Grammy award-winning quartet Third Coast Percussion, American piano duet Hockett, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, among others. His music has been presented at institutes and festivals such as Banff Ensemble Evolution program, SEAMUS 2018, ClarinetFest 2015, and VIPA 2015. Martínez is a recipient of the 2013 Sinquefield Composition Prize, 2019 Rain Water Grant for Innovation, and of three national composition prizes from Colombia. He is also artistic director of the concert series Stack Overflow that creates opportunities for composers interested in electronics. An alumnus of the National University of Colombia as both a percussionist and a composer, he pursued an MM in composition at the University of Missouri, and currently is a DMA candidate in composition with emphasis in the use of electronics at UT Austin. In 2020 Martínez accepted a Visiting Professor position at ECU in Greenville, NC.