Lee Hyla (pictured) has a long list of awards and and commissions. In 2007-08 he was composer-in-residence with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. The CD that will be played today has music based on two religious epics. The piece "Lives of the Saints" is based on writings from Dante's Inferno, The Life of Saint Teresa of Avila Herself and other sources. "At Suma Beach" was inspired by Buddhism, and is based on the Noh play Matsukaze.
Angelo Gilardino was born on the island of Sicily and his music carries the love he has for his native country. He writes with Sicilian myths and locations in mind. He is a guitarist and composer. Gilardino has composed much music for solo guitar, as well as chamber music and concertos. His unique style is a blend of the old and new, folk art and contemporary music, from Mozart to Messiaen.
Leonardo Balada Ibáñez, is a Spanish American composer, now teaching and composing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
A characteristic of some of Balada’s works is his interest in controversial subjects: antiwar (Guernica), freedom (Sinfonía en Negro-Homage to Martin Luther King), historic and social issues (the cantata Torquemada, the opera Zapata), environmental concerns (Music for Oboe and Orchestra), protest against death (the cantata No-res).
His highly personal “avant-garde” techniques in the sixties – dramatically as well as rhythmically imposing – sets his works like Guernica and María Sabina apart from composers of the time. Later, in the seventies, he was credited as a pioneer in blending the “avant-garde” with folkloric ideas mixing the new with the old – now a very fashionable trend.
Russ Salk will bring his collection of recordings by contemporary composers for your listening pleasure. Enjoy musical excerpts and learn a bit about selected contemporary composers. Registration is appreciated.