A music festival on a website
April 16th, 2021
CreArtBox collaborates with visual artists and dancers to present an interactive online program based around classical and contemporary repertoire for solo flute, piano, violin, cello, baritone and piano, and flute and piano, including Flashes and illuminations by John Harbison, Luciform by Mario Diaz de Leon, Mozart’s Sonata KV 283, Violin Chaconne by Bach, 12 Preludes by Guillermo Laporta and Britten’s 3rd suite for cello.
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CreArtBox’s musicians, Mari Lee, Julia Yang, Nathaniel Sullivan, Josefina Urraca and Guillermo Laporta join forces to present a diverse program in a new format, putting together creations by John Harbison, Bach, Mozart, Mario Diaz de Leon, Britten and Guillermo Laporta. The recordings and the video art content will be presented at the following web:
Alongside presenting this music, CreArtBox has found this edition to be an opportunity to collaborate with a vast number of visual artists including Sarah K. Williams, Sara C. Sun, Robert Sirvent, Hsiao-Chu Hsia and Marieken Cochius.
Since April 20th, the audience can explore different performances on the CreArtBox Festival website. The videos include the 3rd suite for cello solo by Britten which is characterised by being dedicated to Rostropovich and being written around four pre-existing Russian themes: three tunes taken from Tchaikovsky’s volume of folk-song arrangements, and the Kontakion, the Byzantine chant for the dead taken from the Russian Orthodox liturgy. The Festival also will feature the G Major KV 283 sonata by Mozart, written down during the visit Mozart paid to Munich for the production of his La finta giardiniera from late 1774 to the beginning of the following March.This sonata is part of the earliest group of sonatas. And the Chaconne for violin solo by Bach, It is the Final movement of the 2nd Partita. Bach composed the Chaconne sometime between 1718 and 1720. Historians speculate that Bach composed it after returning from a trip and found his wife (and the mother of seven of his children) Maria Barbara had died.
New Music is also included on the program as an effort to break the gap between classical music and contemporary music audiences. Flashes and Illuminations by John Harbison. A Pulitzer-prize winning American composer, whose music is becoming a part of this century’s mainstream vocal repertoire. It would be more appropriate to define this cycle as a collection of distinct sources rather than an actual song cycle in the traditional sense. Luciform by Mario Diaz de Leon, a journey inward, a movement through a series of vision states. A difficult path, a rite of passage, hovering between diabolical intensity and lucid wakefulness. And Guillermo Laporta’s Preludes...
This will be the 3rd edition of the CreArt Music Festival, originally a three-days event presented by CreArtBox in collaboration with Plaxall Gallery and Culture Lab. It has been generously supported by the Queens Council for the last three years. CreArtBox has also worked in partnership with Spain Arts and Culture and Steinway & Sons.
For more information about the Festival visit: www.creartbox.nyc
CreArtBox was founded in New York in 2013 by pianist Josefina Urraca and flutist and composer Guillermo Laporta, who have served as co-directors of the organization ever since.
The group’s core regularly functions as a flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano music ensemble, but maintains a roster of over twenty NYC-based soloists, composers, choreographers, actors, and designers.
CreArtBox's roster consolidates world-class musicians who are members of prestigious orchestras such as MET Opera Orchestra, Carnegie Hall Ensemble Connect, American Ballet Theater, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, New World Symphony Orchestra, Oviedo Filarmonia, BBC Orchestra, and Euskadi Filarmonia, among many others.
Since 2013, CreArtBox has commissioned a total of fourteen music compositions to nine different composers, three paintings, seven choreographies to four different dancers/choreographers, three video creations and one stage playwright. Before 2013, CreArtBox also commissioned four pieces in Spain, including a full-stage opera.
These programs have been supported primarily by individual donors and the Amphion Foundation, Alice M. Ditson Fund, Spain Arts and Culture, and Queens Council for the Arts.
CreArtBox has been recommended by The New Yorker and described as “a wholly authentic, visually and aurally compelling experience” (Broadway World) and “a new ensemble devoted to multidisciplinary events” (Time Out New York).
ABOUT THE SOLOIST AND VISUAL ARTISTS:
- Marieken Cochius, painter:
- Julia Hsui , dancer:
- Guillermo Laporta, flute: is a New York City-based flutist, designer, director, and producer. He is currently the executive and artistic director of CreArtBox. His work presents wide-ranging multidisciplinary connections between music and other art forms.
- Mari Lee, violin: is an artist dedicated to engaging her audience by instilling curiosity for music. A violinist and entrepreneur, she aims to bridge the gap between audiences, performers, and composers. Mari has performed internationally at the South Bank Centre, Wigmore Hall, Le Festival de Radio France Montpellier, Philharmonie de Paris, and Carnegie Hall. Praised as “extremely impressive” by the Strad Magazine, she has been invited to renowned festivals including Ravinia, Verbier, and Marlboro.
- Robert Sirvent, video artist: a multidisciplinary artist. In his projects we can find habitually a certain fusion between differents arts (music,images,texts)All the sources are "the same source" and his name is poetry.His pieces had been awarded in many festivals, like Water Music(video classics Cervera 2016) Moon hideaway (video classics Cervera 2015). The Rebel has been selected in Berlin Flash Film Festival, and The zoo of the dr.Blau in H'Sin Chidrens awards and Berlin Flash, and awarded in 17 Premi d'Art Digital J. Graells(Spain), Dynamic within static was finalist in Video Art Event (Oradea -Romania 2018) and part of official selection in 30Girona Film Festival(2018) , "Interferences" Honorable Mention in Berlin Flahs Film Festival (2020), Official Selection in VAFTA 2020 ( Colombia-Cuba) ,Official selection in ALC Video Art Festival 2020(Alicante-Spain), Finalist in Athens International Digital Film Festival "El patrón indescifrable de la luz" Honorable Mention in Berlin Flash Film Festival (2020).
- Nathaniel Sullivan, baritone: Throughout his experiences as a musician and performing artist, he has had the privilege to perform on legendary stages (Carnegie Hall, Seiji Ozawa Hall, Sosnoff Theater) and collaborate with awe-inspiring individuals (Sanford Sylvan, Dawn Upshaw, Lucy Dhegrae, Thomas Adès, John Harbison, Jen Waldman).
- Sara C. Sun, video artist: Sara's artwork has been included in numerous gallery exhibitions, video installations, and projections nationally and internationally since the early '90s. She had one-person shows at Sarah Lawrence College, Open Source Gallery, Momenta Art, Governors Island Art Fair, and Gallery 456. She has also collaborated with musicians and artists teams. The newest teamwork being "The Inside of 'The Other'" – a global live-streamed EEG/ audio/video projection event at CREATIVE CODE ART FESTIVAL in NYC.
- Josefina Urraca, piano: Passionated for chamber music, Josefina Urraca is since 2013, a founder-member and managing director of CreArtBox, a classical and contemporary music ensemble. Josefina has been a frequent performer at venues in Spain, Italy, Austria, France, Japan, England, Germany, and the US, as a soloist and as a chamber music player, including Carnegie Hall, Ryogoku Monten Hall in Tokyo, Auditorio Sony in Madrid, and Alfred Cortot Auditorio in París.
- Sarah K. Williams, video artist: is a multi-disciplinary artist working between sculpture and performance, exploring the musicality of instruction and the theatricality of the mundane. Recent fellowships and residencies include the NARS Satellite Program, Target Margin Theater Institute, Studios at MASS MoCA, AIM at the Bronx Museum, Vermont Studio Center, and the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program. Raised in Virginia and based in Brooklyn, she received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and studied experimental music at the Universität der Künste in Berlin on a Fulbright Fellowship. She is also the founder/director of Sprechgesang Institute, a project-based collaborative for artists working in an in-between language of two or more disciplines.
- Julia Yang, cello: Praised for “her sense of joyful virtuosity” as concerto soloist, Julia Yang is a dynamic and versatile cellist, founding member of the award winning Merz Trio and recent member of Carnegie Hall's Ensemble Connect. She was recently featured in the 2018-19 season as a Young Artist in Residence on Performance Today with Fred Child.
ABOUT CREART MUSIC FESTIVAL:
The CreArt Music Festival is one of the three ongoing programs that CreArtBox is developing in New York City in order to build a platform to regularly present new repertoire, collaborate with composers, and engage with the local community on a regular basis.
With these programs, CreArtBox expects to increase the audience size and awareness of the group, maintain a fair payment to artists, engage with underrepresented communities, explore new and recent repertoire, educate young audiences, and foster understanding of new music and art.
This music festival was first held in the summer of 2018 in Queens, in partnership with LICA. The festival will include the regular core group of flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano, plus other guest artists.
This project has already been awarded 2018, 2019, and 2020 QAF Grants by the Queens Council on the Arts, funded by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
Chaconne for solo violin
Mari Lee, violin
Sara C. Sun, video art
3rd Suite for solo cello
Julia Yang, cello
Julia Hsui, dance
Josefina Urraca, piano
Sarah K. Williams, video art
Mario Diaz de Leon
Guillermo Laporta, flute
Marieken Cochius, painter
12 Preludes for flute and piano
Guillermo Laporta, flute
Josefina Urraca, piano
Flashes and illuminations
Nathaniel Sullivan, baritone
Josefina Urraca, piano
Robert Sirvent, video art
For press inquiries, or any promotional materials, please contact:
(646) 287 3158