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For those who attended our Ear Taxi Festival performances, here is the promised site where you can compare the videos!

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Aquavá New Music Studio announces the release of the digital soundtrack of Dreaming/Undreaming!

By request of the video viewers, the digital soundtrack Dreaming/Undreaming  (continuous mix) is now available on the major digital platforms, including YouTube, Spotify and Amazon.com.

Dreaming/Undreaming  (continuous mix) will allow you the desirable experience of listening to the soundtrack in the entirety of its original sequence.  However, if you want to hear individual movements, you can call for Tellez  Promenades, or Tellez Promenades 1,2,3,4 and 5, as well as by Natasha’s Stojanovska’s Bach.

Enjoy, and do send us your comments to dreamingundreamin@gmail.com

 

Recently…..

•Dreaming/Undreaming  at the Ear Taxi Festival of Chicago this September!

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Kosmologia is delighted to announce the presentation of Dreaming/Undreaming during the exciting Ear Taxi Festival of Chicago on September 18 and 19, 2021, at the recital all of the Pianoforte Foundation1335 South Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605. (Scroll down their page for practical information on parking and dining in the vibrant South Loop section of Chicago).

Dates and Times:

Saturday September 18, 7:30 pm

Sunday, September 19, 3 pm

PIANOFORTE CHICAGO: 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States. 
Phone:(312) 291-0000

Tickets are $20 (regular) and $10 (students) and will be available  on the page of Pianoforte Chicago. and on site. 

Pianoforte will follow Covid protocol, so the audience is asked to wear a mask. This is an intimate and immersive experience. Seating is limited!

Inspired by tales of the masterful Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges, Kosmologia creates a unique visual and musical experience, an art-music video where we travel between worlds of persuasive dreams and deceptive realities in our universe.  A recital played live by the brilliant pianist Natasha Stojanovska progresses seamlessly between original compositions created by Carmen-Helena Téllez specifically for this project in conversation with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, the master of polyphony. As she plays, she elicits video images created by Camilla Tassi and Ryan Belock, projected in real time as part of an integral aural and visual experience.

There will be two versions of this project. In the first concert on Saturday, September 18 at 7:30 pm, Dreaming/Undreaming will deliver the relationship between videos and the music originally designed by the project creators. In the second concert on Sunday, September 19 at 3 pm, the audience will be asked to select the order of the videos to accompany the music. The audience is encouraged to attend both versions, to enjoy the diversity and surprises of perception once the video sequence is changed between them. Ticket-holders will be able to enter a website afterwards and watch both the Princeton and the Chicago versions of Dreaming/Undreaming  to compare the experiences!

READ MORE HERE

•Review of Dreaming/Undreaming by Sequenza/21

Dreaming/Undreaming, Kosmologia’s interdisciplinary art video received a wonderful review from Christian Carey of Sequenza/21, the esteemed journal of new music.

Read more HERE

 

Kosmologia’s  new art music video  premiered on June 17, 2021!   “Dreaming/ Undreaming” was commissioned by the Princeton Festival and its director Greg Geehern, with artistic direction by Carmen-Helena Tellez, dramaturgy by Chia Patiño, and videos by Camilla Tassi and Ryan Belock, framing the pianistic virtuosity of Natasha Stojanovska and the electric movement of Alexa Capareda. 

 

•Podcast of Carmen-Helena Téllez with the Princeton Festival

Our Artistic Director discussed a variety of topics with podcast host Eva Kastner-Puschl, including women in music, the role of new modes of presentation during the coronavirus pandemic, and her work in inter-artistic composition with kosmologia.  The podcast can be accessed through the month of June at this link:

The Princeton Festival Podcast

•On Friday, May 22, at 2pm EDT, Carmen-Helena Téllez was joined by the brilliant conductor Dominick DiOrio for a discussion on new cross-disciplinary and technological directions for choral music, produced by Alain Barker and the Office of Entrepreneurship and Career Development of the Jacobs School of Music. The conversation can be accessed at

https://www.facebook.com/events/244983303592115/

•Kosmologia Project has been forced to suspend its collaboration with The Princeton Festival, for a new interdisciplinary artwork dedicated to Emily Dickinson. Initially scheduled for June 17, 2020 it is now postponed indefinitely due to coronavirus pandemic. Stay tuned for updates!

•Natasha Stojanovska, a doctoral candidate at Northwestern University and a brilliant pianist has recorded a spectacular collection of works by women composers of Eastern Europe with Carmen-Helena Téllez as producer.  Stay tuned for updates of this project!

•Carmen-Helena Téllez and Kosmologia just produced and conducted the  interdisciplinary premieres of Greg Spears’s The Tower and the Garden and Jorge Muñiz’s The Beatitudes both for chorus and string quartet with the Euclid Quartet at Indiana University South Bend (May 10, 2019). Carmen-Helena Téllez co -commissioned The Tower and The Garden in consortium with the eminent conductors and ensembles Donald Nally (Professor of Choral Conducting at Northwestern University and Director of  The Crossing of Philadelphia); Mark Shapiro (Cantori New York) and Robert Geary (Volti of San Francisco). We are proud of being part of this team of artists, addressing climate change and the future of our children. We thank the Ann Stookey Fund for New Music for supporting the consortium’s dream!

•Carmen-Helena Téllez produced and directed a new work by Michel Petrossian for soprano, countertenor, violin, viola, clarinet and piano, with Ensemble Concept/21 for the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University South Bend (April 2 and 5, 2019).

•Kosmologia Project’s sister company, Aquava New Music Studio, has issued a CD of works by the American microtonalist composer and MacArthur Award Winner John Eaton devoted to the poems of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, on March 30, 2019. John Eaton was Professor of Composition at the University of Chicago and an artist labeled “the most interesting opera composer working in America today” by  The Financial Times. Carmen-Helena Téllez was the producer and music director, with the collaboration of assistant conductor and producer, Kosmologia’s associate director Gregory Geehern.

•The Magic Flute of the Andes, an adaptation of Mozart’s full opera for Andean legends and instruments, took place with Carmen-Helena Tellez as arranger and music director, with stage director Chia Patiño, for Teatro Nacional Sucre of Ecuador, (June 14-24, 2018). It was presented again as the central performance of Opera Latinoamérica’s international conference in Quito, (October 20-24, 2018).

•Conductor Greg Geehern onducted a concert of Baroque works for the Princeton Festival, June 30, 2018.

•Mozart’s Requiem, at the Teatro Nacional Sucre of Ecuador, in a ritualized performance with  Carmen-Helena Téllez as concept and music director, in collaboration with  stage director Chia Patiño (March 23-24, 2018).

•Carmen-Helena Téllez provided the concept and musical direction for a recent collaboration with  the McGrath Institute for Church Life and the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at Notre Dame , “Illuminating the Incarnation: A Musical Meditation on the St. John’s Bible”, (September 24, 2017).