Kosmologia new art music video has been announced for June 2021! In Dreaming/Undreaming, and inspired by two tales of the masterful and controversial Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges — the “Library of Babel” and “The Aleph-“– 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 piano recital progresses seamlessly between original compositions created specifically for this project in conversation with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, the master of polyphony.
There are also two live versions of this project, which we are planning to present during the exciting Ear Taxi New Music Festival in Chicago, in September 2021.
“Dreaming/ Undreaming” was commissioned by the Princeton Festival, 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.
Visit this page for further details later this Spring!
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:
•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
•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).