Camerata Aberta

Concert of Latin American and North American Composers

Americas Society, 680 Park Ave., NYC

Tuesday, October 18 at 7:30pm

Free (reservation required. VIP Reception entrance with SONiCPass)

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The Camerata Aberta is a permanent ensemble dedicated to the 20th and 21st centuries repertoire. Residing at the Tom Jobim EMESP and coordinated by the composer Sergio Kafejian, the group has some of the main professionals of São Paulo City among their members. It comprises 16 musicians (two violins, alto, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, two pianos, two percussionists, horn, trumpet and trombone), which provides them with versatility to perform most of the contemporary repertoire as well as traditional formations (string quartet, wind quintet, brass trio and duo formations).

The Camerata plays host both to Brazilian and foreign conductors. The first three concerts of the ensemble were directed by the French conductor Guillaume Bourgogne. A specialist in contemporary music, Bourgogne has already conducted distinguished ensembles such as Cairn, L’Itinéraire, Court-Circuit, Orchestre Gulbenkian and Orchestre National Bordeaux-Aquitaine. Other concerts were directed by the conductor and percussionist Eduardo Leandro, professor at Stony Brooks in New York, conductor Lutero Rodrigues, professor at UNESP in São Paulo City, and German conductor Felix Krieger. Within the group’s repertoire, three main curatorial lines are visible: the premiere of Brazilian composers, the performance of pieces that are regarded as standard in concert music in the 20th and the 21st century as well as the interpretation of recently-composed repertoires, both at national and international levels.

With the aim of establishing a new relationship with the musical environment and also the audience, the Camerata Aberta provides them not only with concerts but with workshops, lectures given by musicologists and composers as well as the publication of texts and interviews. In addition to that, all their members get involved with pedagogical activities, in an attempt to reach new listeners and new musicians who are willing to face the technical and aesthetic challenges of contemporary music.

Barely eight months old, the ensemble has already achieved pre-eminence in the Brazilian contemporary music scene.