CreArtBox is a New York-based music ensemble founded by flutist and composer, Guillermo Laporta, and pianist Josefina Urraca. The group has been performing since 2013 at leading venues in New York as well as around the US and Europe, presenting new music & traditional classical repertoire, sometimes on an intimate traditional chamber music concert setup and sometimes developing full scale multidisciplinary productions incorporating innovative visual and multimedia designs (set, light, & projection).
The group’s core regularly functions as a flute (Guillermo Laporta), clarinet (Jonathan Cohen), violin (Mélanie Clapiès), cello (Julia Yang), and piano (Josefina Urraca) music ensemble, but holds a roster of over twenty NYC-based soloists, composers, choreographers, actors, and designers.
CreArtBox's members have been invited to participate in different Festivals such as Yellow Barn, Prussia Cove, Perlman Chamber Music Player, Marlboro Music Festival and they have been part of prestigious orchestras such as Metropolitan Orchestra, American Ballet Theater, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Louisiana Philharmonic, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, New World Symphony Orchestra, Oviedo Filarmonia, BBC Orchestra, Euskadi Filarmonia, among others.
Since their American debut in 2013, CreArtBox has received press attention from Time Out, Washington Post, Times Ledger, HITN TV, The Huffington Post, Free Times, I care if you listen, Broadway World, Carpe Diem!, Spain Culture NY, and the Washington City Paper.
CreArtBox has been described as “a wholly authentic, visually and aurally compelling experience” (Broadway world) and “a new ensemble devoted to multidisciplinary events” (Time Out New York).
In September 2016, the group founded the CreArt Music Series. This new music series combines world-class soloists, ensembles, designers, and visual artists, such as electric violinist Todd Reynolds, composer and video artist Luke DuBois, bandoneonist JP Jofre, conductor and flutist Ransom Wilson, soprano Janna Baty, clarinetist Anton RIst, percussionists Victor Caccese and Doug Perry, Le Train Bleu Ensemble, Argento Ensemble, New Vintage Baroque, Akropolis Reed Quartet, lighting design Jennifer Fok, musicologist Lewis Lockwood, and composers: Judd Greenstein, Sebastian Currier, Meredith Monk, Anna Clyne, Timo Andres, David Lang, Joshua Penman, Marcos Fernandez, Bryce Dessner, and Martin Bresnick, among others, to create unique performances deeply committed to the production of new music for a wide audience.
In December 2016, CreArtBox presented their large scale theatrical production Visuality at the Queens Theatre, with projection-mapped video, aerial acrobatics, and dance, telling a surreal story that probes the fluid boundaries between reality and fantasy in the mind of a disturbed psychoanalyst.
In August 2018, CreArtBox launched the CreArt Music Festival, in collaboration with the Plaxall Art Gallery and with the support of the Queens Council on the Arts.
The group has received numerous distinctions, including awards from the INJUVE Chamber Music Competition, Montehermoso Contemporary Creation Award, Savvy Musicians in Action Chamber Music Competition, the Queens Council for the Arts, and the Amphion Foundation.
In New York City, the ensemble has performed at the Queens Theatre, Le Poisson Rouge, DiMenna Center, Spectrum, Flamboyan Theater, New York for Ethical Culture, The Tank Theater, National Opera Center, Steinway Hall, Cervantes Institute, Renee Weiler Concert Hall, Bay Ridge Concert Hall, Anthology Film Archives, The Grinton I. Will Library, with other performances in Artisphere Theater, (Washington DC), and Tapp Center (Columbia, South Carolina).