In their “Letras Sonoras” evening-length performance interleaving Latin American music and literature, violinist Francesca Anderegg and Venezuelan-American composer Reinaldo Moya explore the origins and inspirations of contemporary Latin American music. The concert — a seamless blend of words and music — alternates excerpts from Latin American literature (in both English and Spanish) with music by Latin American composers who were inspired by literary ideas, structures, and forms, and who in turn influenced Moya in his own compositions. Literature comes to life through sound.
Reinaldo Moya acts as narrator, linking the music together with readings from Derek Walcott, Pablo Neruda, Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel García Márquez, Julio Cortázar, and others. The juxtaposition of Latin American words and music — as well as the musical experience of hearing the literature in the original Spanish alongside its English translation — enriches and elevates both sets of source materials, creating and revealing fascinating intersections.
Reinaldo Moya’s music itself — characterized by its rich allusions to themes of the immigrant experience, geography, travel, and literature — is particularly illuminated by these readings that directly speak to Moya’s inspirations as a composer, as well as to his preoccupations as a Venezuelan-American. The inclusion of other works by Latin American composers provide context for Moya’s particular and unique musical viewpoint, while the project as a whole represents a truly global constellation of influences.
Music to be performed includes:
- Reinaldo Moya, Imagined Archipelagos
- Alberto Ginastera, Pampeana No. 1
- Reinaldo Moya, Desbaratada la Ficción del Tiempo
- Heitor Villa-Lobos, Sonata No. 1 “Desesperance”
- Reinaldo Moya, The Song of Pelele from Generalissimo
- Astor Piazzolla, Oblivion, Libertango, Escualo
Reinaldo Moya, Imagined Archipelagos (excerpts, live recordings)
Movement 1 (The Island of Many Calendars)
Movement 2 (The Island with the Imaginary Moons)
from Movement 4 (The Island of the Imagined Birds)
Heitor Villa-Lobos, Sonata No. 1. “Desesperance” (excerpt, live recording)
Astor Piazzolla, Oblivion
(excerpt, live recording)
Astor Piazzolla, Libertango
(excerpt, live recording)
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