From August 4st to 11th, Cristina joins the Silkroad at the Chautauqua Institution for a week of performances, lectures and workshops led and influenced by the work of Silkroad. The Ensemble opens the week exploring the notions of home through distinct traditions and personal stories, and continues its Residency with master classes and performances. You can see in the pictures above Cristina with Professor Steve Seidel lecturing for a class of more than 4000 students.
On August 9th, Cristina joins the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra as a member of the Silkroad Ensemble for the US premiere of Octavio Vázquez‘s Widows of the Living and of the Dead, the piece commissioned by Cristina Pato for her groundbreaking Gaita and Orchestra Commissioning Project, with support from New Music USA, and that was world premiered in Galicia two years ago, in June 2016.
The week culminates friday August 11th with a performance by the Silkroad Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma.
Cristina is on Tour with her Galician Trio, with Roberto Comesaña on accordion and Miguel Cabana on percussion. On July 20th the Trio invited Galician Bagpipe Master Suso Vaamonde and the Municipal School of Bagpipers of Outes, Coruña to join them in a beautiful evening of traditional and non traditional music. Then, as every year for the last 20 years, Cristina celebrated the National Day of Galicia on July 25th performing live in the TV Special Broadcast of the Día de Santiago, where she also joined with singer Rosa Cedrón for a beautiful rendition of the song Negro Caravel, from their joined project Soas‘s album Muller.
Next stop for the Trio, Ribeira on August 2nd.
And, in what constitutes yet another recognition for her career, NPR has chosen Cristina’s work for their list of 200 women whose major musical contributions came after Jan. 1, 2000, and have shifted attitudes, defied categories and pushed sound in new directions since then. We couldn’t be more excited about this!
On July 11 and 12, Cristina was in Santiago de Compostela recording Octavio Vázquez’s bagpipe concerto with the Real Filharmonía de Galicia, conducted by Paul Daniel. The piece, “Widows of the Living and of the Dead”, is an homage to Galician women and was commissioned by Cristina Pato in 2014 as part of her groundbreaking Gaita and Orchestra Commissioning Project, partially supported by New Music USA. The recording will be part of the Real Filharmonía de Galicia next album, featuring pieces by contemporary Galician composers.
Next stop with this piece: US Premiere at Chautauqua Institution with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, on August 9th.
In other news, Cristina was featured in one of the last episodes of the NPR science podcast Hidden Brain. The podcast, hosted by Shankar Vedantam has won numerous awards, including a Webby and a Kavli Science Journalism Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In this episode, Cristina talks about the edge efect, and how it applies to intercultural exchange and creativity. Have a listen: