Sunday 23 July

Carlos Alberto Pinto Fonseca (Belo Horizonte, 1933-2006) composed a significant number of choral works in which he introduced elements of the Afro-Brazilian religions called Candomblé and Umbanda. His works were mainly performed by Coral Ars Nova, under Pinto Fonseca’s conduction, in a random fashion, and some of them were also presented by other choirs in different continents. In the last decade, the Coral Mediterráneo (Mediterranean Choir) from Argentina interprets these works altogether, trying to strengthen the composer’s aesthetic objective with a careful staging. Therefore, we try to present this collection of works highlightingtheir value for choral music in terms of compositional contributions. Moreover, we aim at showing, through musical scores, recordings, and videos, the interpretative and scenic proposal developed in a country which is not the country of origin of the pieces.

 

BIO

Cristina Gallo is a Professor of Coral Practice and Coral Conducting at National University of Villa Maria since 1997. She has been conducting the "Nonino" Choir of the UNVM since its formation in September 1998, an organization that develops its artistic activity by offering integral shows in Villa Maria and in the region, as well as by participating in meetings and festivals in various provinces and abroad. The Choir has obtained awards in diverse popular music events. In May 2009 she created the Mediterranean Choir, a group dedicated especially to contemporary Argentine and Latin American choral music, with an emphasis on the works for mixed choir to cappella with Afro-Brazilian themes by the composer Carlos Alberto Pinto Fonseca. This endeavour includes Concert tours in 2012 and 2013 around the State of Minas Gerais, several recordings, and a constant contact and work with the Pinto Fonseca Cultural Institute. As a researcher, she is currently developing the project called "Integrated vocal performance in a multicultural musical context. Artistic and didactic projections of the UNVM model”.She is a founding member of the Association of Choral Directors of the Argentine Republic, ADICORA, and has served as a member of the Boards of Directors at national and provincial levels between 2005 and 2017. She also carries out her professional activity as a jury in competitions of choir directors in various institutions, and teaches choral conducting and choral music courses in Brazil and Argentina. She has a Master’s Degree in Interpretation of Latin American Music of the 20th Century granted by the National University of Cuyo, of the province of Mendoza, Argentina

PRESENTATIONS

12:30 – ESMUC (A347) – Choral Heritage

        CRISTINA GALLO (Argentina)

        Carlos Alberto Pinto Fonseca's choral works with afro-brazilian elements from Candomblé and Umbanda.          

        Contributions for its interpretation

The lecture intends to present the Catalan choral movement from a multifaceted point of view. Since the beginning of its birth Catalan Choral singing has been playing an important role in the society’s cultural and musical life, and in its associative network. The lecture will focus on these points and as an example it will be examined how the choral movement have brought music closer to all levels of society in a transversal manner. Different projects that have been created and performed in Catalonia most specifically in the recent years and the main figures of the movement will be presented: Federations, pioneering conductors, collaborative events, meetings, courses, international connections.Finally, the social benefits of the choral movement in the nation’s cultural life will be reviewed.

 

BIO

Ariadna de Casacuberta was born in Barcelona in 1978. She started to sing in a choir when she was five years old and she has not stopped since then. She studied piano in the Music Academy Maria Canals for ten years. She studied conducting at various courses with the following conductors: Mireia Barrera, Josep Vila i Casañas, Elisenda Carrasco, Johan Duijck, Josep Prats, Javier Busto, and Nestor Andrenacci among others. She worked as a piano teacher in different music schools in Barcelona. She has been conducting for more than 15 years both children and adult choirs. She earned her BSc in Mathematics and her AAS in music and she is currently teaching music and mathematics at the Jesuïtes Casp secondary school in Barcelona.

She has been involved in the children's federation for ten years as the leader of the region of Barcelona. She participated in EC Junior, EC Festivals and EC Assemblies. For the last two years she has been the president of the Moviment Coral Català (umbrella federation of choral singing in Catalonia).

23/7 - 12:30 – ESMUC (A348) – Institutional

Ariadna de Casacuberta (Catalonia)

MOVIMENT CORAL CATALÀ

12:30 – UPF Ciutadella (40.S02) – Composers

ESTONIAN CHORAL ASSOCIATION – Raul Talmar (Estonia)

Pearls of Estonian contemporary choral music

Estonian choral music has rich traditions and many choral lovers know our song celebrations (started in 1869), VeljoTormis (1930-2017), ArvoPärt (b 1935). But in this presentation we are introducing contemporary choral music in Estonia, composed since 1980, and our today’s best choirs.

 

BIO

Raul Talmar(b 1959) graduated from the Tallinn Conservatory as choral conductor in 1982.

He conducts K.O.O.R. Mixed Choir and the Mixed Choir of Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School of Tallinn University. He is associate professor of choral conducting in Music Department of Tallinn University, president of Estonian Choral Association and director of music edition “Talmar&Põhi”.Raul Talmar has been active at Estonian Song Celebrations as program director and joint choirs’ conductor. In 2011 he was artistic director of Youth Song and Dance Celebration “maajailm” and artistic programme director of the 16th Gaudeamus Students’ Song Festivalin Vilnius, in 2015 he was artistic director of Church Song Festival in Tartu.Raul Talmar has successfully participated in many national and international competitions with his choirs: in 2016 Mixed Choir of Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School of Tallinn University won Grand Prix in 14th International Choir Festival “Moscow Sounds”, in 2015 mixed choir K.O.O.R. was awarded 1st and 2nd prize in the 6th International Choir Festival in Krakow.

12:30 – UPF Ciutadella (13.007) – Choral Activities

TAUM KARNI (Israel/Netherlands)

The Miracle of REVOICE - 40 singers, 21 countries, 5 conductors, one choir! Building and developing an entirely self-sustained young international choir

14:30 – ESMUC (A347) – Publishers

CARUS VERLAG - Jan Schumacher (Germany)

Contemporary Choral Music by Carus

Looking for new, contemporary, exciting repertoire for your choir? Come and discover compositions for mixed or equal voices by Ko Matsushita, DamijanMocnik and many more. These composers work with a lot of different choirs and experience new types of choir sound. A lot of these pieces are very accessible for amateur choirs. In contrast, some of them are very challenging, like arrangements by ClytusGottwald for choirs with as far as 16 voices.

 

BIO

Jan Schumacher (*1980) is Music director of the Goethe-University in Frankfurt as well as the conductor of CamerataMusica Limburg and the Choir of TU Darmstadt. Until 2016 he was professor for choral conducting at the College of Church Music in Rottenburg. Having received his degree in School Music and German from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Jan went on to study Choral Conducting with Wolfgang Schäfer at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts. Even as a child and young adult (musical education with the Limburg Cathedral Boyschoir and the State Youth Choir of Rhineland-Palatinate), he was fascinated with the activity of group singing, which has remained the main motivation for his manifold activities to this day. With his choirs, he builds extensive repertoires from Gregorian chants to world premieres, from symphonic orchestra to Big Band, and vocal or electronic improvisation.

Jan teaches courses for singers and conductors across Europe, Iceland, Turkey, Argentina, Venezuela, and the USA. He is co-editor of various choral collections. His role as Vice President of the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat puts him in the wonderful position of being able to intensify the exchange among singers, conductors, and composers further for the benefit of choir music.

Brazil is a country which disposes of a huge musical diversity, with rhythm’s and styles that variate according to the geographic region, culture, politic, economical and social aspects of it's population. Choral music, even though is not the most popular music style in the country, it has been present in Brazil's history since before the Portuguese Colonization, and has been kept going through the talent of great authors and the work of maestros, public and private institutions, and of the choral music lovers. In this presentation, we are going to show a shortened version of the Choral Singing in Brazil since its colonization to its present days, giving emphasis on each historical period with its peculiarities, styles, authors, compositions and facts which shaped Brazilian's Choral Music, besides showing a bit of Brazilian's choral patrimony, with composers, maestros, choirs and festivals that happen in Brazil.

14:30 – UPF Ciutadella (13.007) – Choral Heritage

ISAK LUCENA SANTOS (Brazil)

History of Choral Music in Brazil

14:30 – UPF Ciutadella (40.S02) – Educacional Projects

Esther Bonal (Catalonia)

XAMFRÀ PROJECT

15:45 – ESMUC (aula 80) – Choral Activities

CANTEM ARICA- Jordi Lluch (Catalonia)

Presentation of Cantem Africa (Singing Africa). A Solidarity and Multicultural Coral Proposal

CANTEM AFRICA is a multicultural and solidarity choir Project driven by the Fundació Main and the Associació Afrocatalana d'Acció Solidària –both entities involved in cooperation projects in Africa and promoting intercultural awareness in Catalonia- and Jordi Lluch, musician and conductor of several choirs.CANTEM ÀFRICA fuses "singing" and "Africa" with the proposal of ten African folk songs harmonized for mixed choir and for children’schoir by renowned Catalan composers.The aim is to create a participatory group dynamic that allows through song, first, to soak up the musical richness of African oral tradition and, second, take advantage of the beauty of the impact of choral interpretation to promote a feeling of solidarity towards children living in situations of injustice and an awareness of the own capacity to transform them. CANTEM AFRICA invites us on a journey to Africa through ritual songs ranging from joy to welcoming, the happiness of birth and home care of children, the exaltation of roots and origins, demands, thanking the divinity and the inevitability of death.

 

The children's choir version includes piano accompaniment and, on the web www.cantemafrica.com, a dossier with educational orientations musical practices and educational activities to facilitate the understanding of reality and African culture and awareness toward the situation of disadvantaged groups on the continent.All the benefits of this Project are for Hlayiseka, center for street children in Maputo (Mozambique), and La Joie des Orphelins, center for orphaned children in Kolda (Senegal).

15:45 – ESMUC (aula 2) – Publishers

OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS (United Kingdom)

NEW AND RECENT REPERTOIRE FROM OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

14:30 – ESMUC (A347) – Educational Projects

Norsk Musikforlag (Norway)

NEW AND WONDERFUL NORWEGIAN CHORAL MUSIC