Fondation des États-Unis | Tuesday, June 11 @7:30pm : Printempo – Sergio Herrera
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Tuesday, June 11 @7:30pm : Printempo – Sergio Herrera

For the last concert of the Printempo series, young composer Sergio Herrera will present a very special and personal program in collaboration with his musician friends.

This program reflects a very brief chronology of my musical life before and after studying in Paris. The first piece Tinkering With Time, was the last piece I wrote before moving to Paris. The second set of pieces from 12 Cancons Populars Catalanes, mark the beginning of my time in Paris studying with the composer himself, Narcis Bonet. The final three original compositions were written after Narcis’s passing, and act as a sort of musical acknowledgement – that is to say, without his guidance these pieces wouldn’t be what they were.
~ Sergio Herrera

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The program

Tinkering With Time, for cords quatuor and percussion (2017)
Narcis Bonet (1933-2018), selection of the 12 Cancons Populars Catalanes (2017)
Vers Chez Toi, for electric guitar, alto, cello, flute and clarinet (2019)
Guitar solo (being composed)
Piece for cello and piano (being composed)

The Musicians

Sergio Herrera is a composer-guitarist currently based in Paris. He received his B.M. in Music composition and theory from Florida State University where he studied composition with Dr. Clifton Callender and jazz theory and arranging with Bill Peterson. During his time at Florida State, Sergio was a recipient of both the Presser Scholarship and the David Ward-Steinman undergraduate composition award. He has written for a wide variety of ensembles ranging from chamber to jazz big band. Distinguished by an ever evolving rhythmic vitality, Sergio’s music synthesizes elements of jazz and Latin-American music to create a uniquely personal compositional voice. Sergio has attended festivals such as the TALIS Music Festival in Switzerland and the EAMA Nadia Boulanger Academy in Paris where he worked with composers Miguel del Aguila and David Conte. Sergio was granted the Fondation des Etats-Unis Harriet Hale Woolley scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year. He is currently studying harmony, composition, and musical interpretation with Narcis Bonet at the Schola Cantorum de Paris.

Originally from Colorado, Andrew Briggs completed a master’s degree in cello performance at the prestigious Juilliard School. Open to all genres, he performs Baroque to contemporary style, and has had the opportunity to practice his talents internationally. Andrew has been a featured soloist at the Aspen Music Festival, the Amsterdam Cello Biennale, and the Holland Music Sessions; an Artist in Residence at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh; a member of Axiom Contemporary Ensemble, the Madison Bach Musicians, and the Colorado Symphony; and a guest artist at music series in Chicago, New York, and Paris. Andrew is a recipient of the 2018-2019 Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship.

Clarinetist Elias Rodriguez made his national solo debut at the age of 16, after performing on a live broadcast of NPR’s « From the Top. » He has since appeared in international music festivals throughout the Americas and Europe, from the Grafenegg Festival in Austria to teaching masterclasses in Cali, Colombia. He is an alumnus of the New York based ensemble, «The Orchestra Now,» with which he has performed as a soloist on New York public radio, recorded a CD on Hyperion Records, and played a concert series at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City. Elias was awarded the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship and an artist residency at the Fondation Des États-Unis.

Thomaz Tavares has been praised by the Virginia Gazette as having a “pure, direct sound, never wavering from the mission at hand and embracing the work’s lyrical and virtuoso demands.” A native New Yorker with Brazilian heritage, Thomaz Tavares completed his Bachelor’s degree in flute performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music under the tutelage of Thomas Robertello and is currently pursuing his diploma of superior execution at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris under the tutelage of international soloist Jean Ferrandis. Thomaz is one of the 2019-2020 Harriet Hale Woolley scholar .