Chamber Music America’s conference and showcases – January 17 – 20, 2013

22 Jan

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Last weekend in New York City, near Times Square, the 2013 Chamber Music America National Conference put together several ensemble showcases.

On Sunday, I was fortunate to be able to hear the Alexis Cuadrado Quintet, with Alexis Cuadrado on bass, Claudia Acuna on voice, Yosvany Terry on saxophone, Robert Rodriguez on piano and Michael Sarin on drums. Acuna’s voice is riveting.

The following showcase featured Rez Abbasi’s Invocation with Rez Abbasi on guitar, Rudresh Mahanthappa on also saxophone, Vijay Iyer on piano, Michael Sarin on drums, on more time, and Johannes Weidenmueller on bass. Needless to say, such players made for a lovely afternoon. Abbasi’s music is sophisticated. That particular showcase’s theme was, as its name denotes, about invocation.

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