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 Pato performing with the NY Philharmonic – February 2015
On June 8th, for the first of NY Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert’s farewell concerts, Yo-Yo Ma, Edward Perez, and Silk Road Ensemble members Cristina Pato, Johnny Gandelsman, and Shane Shanahan join the New York Philharmonic and orchestra musicians from around the world. The concert, on the theme “celebrating the power of music to unite across borders,” will include Kinan Azmeh’s Ibn Arabi Postlude and Edward Perez’s The Latina 6/8 Suite, the work conceived and commissioned by Cristina and Silkroad for her Latina project. Alan Gilbert himself will join them at the violin.
Cristina’s concerts with the Real Filharmonía de Galicia have been a great success, with sold-out venues and several minutes long ovations. The press coverage of such a historic event was thorough, with even live broadcasts in the news. Here are some pictures from the performance at the Auditorio de Galicia, in Santiago de Compostela:
On Saturday 4th, Cristina and the Real Filharmonía took their music to a more family oriented venue, the Eugenio Granell Park in Santiago de Compostela, where both the young and the old enjoyed the performance:
This week, Cristina will join the Real Filharmonía de Galicia for three performances, in Santiago de Compostela (June 2nd), Vigo (June 3rd) and a free performance at the Eugenio Granell Park in Santiago de Compostela (June 4th). The program includes Octavio Vazquez’s Viúvas de Vivos e Mortos (Widows of the Living and of the Dead), the piece commissioned by Cristina for her Gaita and Orchestra Commissioning Project, which received a grant from NewMusicUSA.
After a week promoting her latest album Rústica in her native Galicia, Cristina returns to New York to take part in an historic milestone for the Galician bagpipes: for the first time ever, the gaita will sound next to the New York Philharmonic, in a series of performances with the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma.
The program includes Cristina and Wu Tong’s Fanfare for Gaita, Suona, and Brass, as well as Osvaldo Golijov’s Rose of the Winds, originally commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra which premiered it with the Silk Road Ensemble in 2007. In Golijov’s own words:
Rose of the Winds is born from spontaneous and ritualized communal actions. Prayer, celebration, mourning, riot, and remembrance are the lifeblood of the piece.(…) The movement features Cristina Pato’s Galician bagpipes and the percussion of both ensembles, in rhythmic patterns that remind me of the street demonstrations, with drums, pots and pans, of my Argentine childhood.
Check out the events section of this web for the schedule of performances, but know that the tickets are already sold out!
Below you can find a little gallery of the concert held on November 22nd at the Palau de la Música in Barcelona, with pictures by Lorenzo Duaso.
And here’s a selection of the press coverage of the event:
Cristina would like to take the opportunity to thank Lorenzo Duaso for his beautiful pictures, the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès for a wonderful week, and once again thanks to NewMusicUSA for their support.
The third week of November, Cristina will team up with the prestigious Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès for a series of performances in Barcelona, Sabadell and Manresa. The program includes the world premiere of Emilio Solla’s A Galician Voyage: Concerto for Bagpipes, Piano & Orchestra, one of the pieces commissioned by Cristina for her GAITA AND ORCHESTRA COMMISSIONING PROJECT, which was awarded a grant by NewMusicUSA.
Below you can find the schedule of the events and all the info: