AENY and the Cervantes Institute, presents PLAY LOUD! Chamber Music Festival

18 Nov , 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 18, 2013

Contact: Marta Sas, (917) 723-4344, press@aeny-elpuente.org

AENY - Spanish Artists in New York,

In collaboration with the Cervantes Institute, presents

PLAY LOUD!

Chamber Music Festival

December 9th to December 11th at Instituto Cervantes NYC

AENY - Spanish Artists in New York proudly presents PLAY LOUD! Chamber Music Festival in collaboration with the Cervantes Institute.

This inaugural edition, directed by Guillermo Laporta, is set to launch at the Cervantes Institute headquarters in New York City from December 9th. to December 11th and comprises an eclectic program with three innovative ensembles exploring the intersections between music and story in their own particular way.

PLAY LOUD! is created with the idea of merging the energy and vibe of the city of New York with the talent of musicians form Spain in collaboration with artists from other cultures and nationalities. Examples of this are Benita Beneitez (New York: One State. Many Nations), Ignacio Prego (New Vintage Baroque) or Guillermo Laporta (Cre.Art Project Ensemble).

About the Program

On December 9th at 7pm, New York: One State. Many Nations will present a Concert of Chamber Music based on the poetic and musical traditions that have shaped New York’s cultural landscape.

Exemplifying the essence of a “cultural melting pot”, ‘New York: One State. Many Nations’ sets poetry to music in a concert that celebrates the diversity of one of the greatest cities in the world, with inspiration from pieces by Neruda, Rumi, Whitman, Langston Hughes, Tagore, and Cesar Vallejo, to name a few. Composer Carlos D. Bernales orchestrates this ambitious love song to New York. ‘New York’ follows Bernales’ previous project, “Peru: One Country. Many Nations” in exposing just what makes such a place thrive, under the vibrancy of its inhabitants.

On December 10th at 7pm, Cre.Art Project Ensemble presents at the Cervantes Institute a performance called Paris a.m., a production that indulges in how the city of Paris and its artists inspired the age of Impressionism. The show will interweave visual projections and actors reciting French poetry within the chamber music of Debussy, Roussel, and Pierne.

Founded in 2006 in Spain by musicians Guillermo Laporta and Tagore Gonzalez, and the subsequent joining of set designer David Orrico, Cre.Art Project operates under the idea of multidisciplinary interaction. The collective aims to produce shows that connect chamber music with theatre, dance, and the audiovisual to evoke a total sensory experience.

On December 11th at 7pm, New Vintage Baroque will take to the stage of the Cervantes Institute in a celebration of “The Greatest Hits and Exploits of Don Quixote.” Heralded as the “Greatest Book of All Time,” by the Nobel Institute, the influence of Cervantes’ novel has inspired countless reinterpretations. New Vintage looks at the cosmopolitan legacy of Don Quixote, performing works by composers from France, Germany, Italy, and of course, Spain. Featured in the program are pieces by Courbois, Caldara, Telemann, and a brand new composition by Doug Balliett.

New Vintage Baroque is a vocal instrumental ensemble that explores the intersection of music, song, and story. Fusing together new commissions with music of the high Baroque, New Vintage weaves together verses, arias, and instrumental pieces to explore themes and characters through new perspectives.

About AENY - Spanish Artists in New York

AENY – Spanish Artists in New York – is a non-profit organization which was established in the fall of 2010 to promote inter-disciplinary artistic collaborations and build a cultural bridge between Spain and the United States.

AENY, Spanish acronym for “Spanish Artists in New York”, is a multidisciplinary collective of artists joined not only by their common heritage, but also their mission: to produce cutting-edge, inter- disciplinary contemporary work that reflects the needs, longings and uncertainty of the cross-cultural society in which we live. Thus, AENY aims to bring together Spanish artists in all disciplines to examine the overlaps, collisions, similarities and differences between Spain’s tradition and modern New York culture, and to create a mutually enriching artistic dialog between the two countries.

About Cervantes Institute

Instituto Cervantes is a non-for-profit organization created by the Spanish government in 1991. Its mission is to promote the Spanish language and to contribute to the advancement of the cultures of all Spanish speaking countries and communities.

Instituto Cervantes is present on five continents with more than 50 centers spread out across many different countries. The work of Instituto Cervantes is directed by representatives from the academic, cultural and literary world within the field of Spanish and Hispanic-America.

Instituto Cervantes New York offers a wide-ranging program of cultural and arts activities showcasing the best in literature, film, music, theater, dance, visual arts and thought from Spain and Latin America.

PLAY LOUD! Chamber Music Festival

December 9th to December 11th, 2013 TIME: 7PM

LOCATION: Instituto Cervantes NYC, 211 E 49th St. New York

Tickets available online at www.aeny-elpuente.org/p-overview/play-loud/