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.
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:
Cristina’s inaugural speech for the Festas do Corpus 2018 was received with great success from media and audience, making the front page of the three main Galician newspapers. Her speech talked about the demographic decline of Galicia and was intended to raised awareness about the situation of the elderly. Ourense’s historical patrimony was also featured in her words and the need to stand up and defend “our cultural identity” all together.
Cristina also joined aclaimed singer songwriter Andres Suarez in a very powerful rendition of Negra Sombra, one of the most popular Galician songs of all times.
You can read Cristina’s complete speech (in Galician) here →
Summer is here! Cristina has already begun the season in Pittsburgh, PA, with her US Quartet, for the Just Summer concert series of Chamber Music Pittsburgh. The day after, she travelled to Spain to join her Galician Trio in the Canary Island of Lanzarote to perform at the Costa Teguise festival directed by Canarian master of the timpleBenito Cabrera.
Back in Galicia, she has been appointed to deliver a speech to inaugurate the festivities of her hometown Ourense on June 23rd, and to join singer songwriter Andrés Suárez for his opening concert of the Festas do Corpus. Cristina and her Galician TRIO will be on the road this summer in Galicia. Stay tuned for more dates.
In the border between Galicia and Portugal, Cristina will deliver her lecture Transcending Disciplines: The Sustainable Artist of the 21st Century in the conference and summer institute IKFEM 2018 in Tui-Valença, on July 24th.
In May Cristina joined Professor Steve Seidel and Professor Maggie Cavallo at Harvard University for Radcliffe Institute’s “The Four Publics Project”: a seminar exploring social, civic, public and participatory arts. Cristina was honored to be part of such an amazing group of artists, educators and cultivators of civic and social art.
Cristina continues her work as Learning Advisor for Silkroad at Harvard and will be visiting Cambridge a few more times this month.
In the meanwhile, take a look to what the press had to say about the recent Silkroad Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma tour:
Cellist Yo Yo Ma is one of the biggest names in the classical music world. It was his fame that drew thunderous cheers as he stepped out onto the Van Wezel stage Thursday night, the last of eleven musicians in The Silkroad Ensemble. Yet, with the exception of a searing rendition of Olivier Messiaen’s “Louange à ľÉternité de Jésus” from Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps with pianist Cristina Pato, Ma was not the star of this show. (…)
Pato, who had already distinguished herself as a goddess on the Galician pipes, composed and narrated My Lethe Story. Painting heartbreaking pictures she wove musical poetry through the story of her own mother’s river of forgetfulness. It was just magical. – The Herald Tribune
In April Cristina is embarked on the Silkroad tour with Yo-Yo Ma. Touring the US with a unique repertory that includes Edward Perez’s The Latina 6/8 Suite, commissioned by Cristina, the cello and piano movement of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, with Yo-Yo Ma on cello and Cristina on piano, and the storytelling piece Cristina composed inspired in her mother’s journey with dementia: My Lethe Story: The River of Forgetfulness. The tour includes also some arrangements of traditional music from around world and new pieces by Ljova, Jia Daqun and Colin Jacobsen.
After taking part in the TAU Consortium Conference last January 15th, Cristina wraps up the tour with the Cristina Pato Quartet with concerts in Florida, Ohio and Texas, bringing down the curtain on an exhilarating season full of performances, residencies and workshops with her amazing Quartet: Víctor Prieto, Edward Perez and Mauricio Zottarelli and collaborator Juan Felipe Mayorga.
The multimedia show “The Vindel Parchment: A Musical Journey” created, directed and conducted by Cristina Pato has been a resounding success. The concert, commissioned by the University of Vigo for its Christmas Concert and produced by CUNDE (Cecilia Carballido), explored the idea of continuity through diversity and included seven arrangements of the original songs made by renowned Galician artists from styles such as jazz, early, modern, hip-hop and traditional music: Grupo Martín Códax, Anxo Pintos, Begoña Riobó, Wöyza, the Coro da Mariña conducted by Ugia Pedreira and Pierrot Rougier, Yago Váquez, Roberto Comesaña, Miguel Cabana and Belén L. Méndez “Nacu” (calligraphy). Acclaimed by critics and public alike, here’s what the press had to say:
Yesterday’s concert, “The Vindel Parchment: A Musical Journey”, directed by Cristina Pato, would very well deserve to go down in the annals of Galician music History, as well as in those of the Cantigas by Martín Códax. The reasons are many. First of all, it managed to make all the participating musicians and singers (about half a hundred) offer different musical visions of the 13th century cantigas showing close interpretations of how they might sound at the time they were born; in addition to more contemporary views that range from soul, pop, classical music, folk and the coral phenomenon.
The second reason comes with the format, a ‘remastering’ of the didactic concert, since between performances small interviews conducted by Pato herself with the musicians were included, about the arrangements they made and about the musicality of the work of Códax and others of greater duration with professors from the University of Vigo Camino Noia e Bieito Arias Freixedo, that managed to show the audience the importance of these medieval songs, their meaning and the more than likely female hand in their creation.
After that, Cristina will conduct the Christmas Concert of the University of Vigo, focused on the historical Vindel Parchment and its travels “O Pergamiño Vindel: Unha Viaxe Musical”, on December 19th.
And then, to greet the New Year, Cristina joins her Silkroad colleague Wu Tong for the Wu Tong & Friends New Year’s Tour in China, from December 26th to January 4th. Stay tuned for more info!