Rhythms of her native Cuba, European contemporary harmonies, jazz and gospel influences from North America are craftily interwoven in Tania Leon's music. The present work was commissioned by the Da Capo Chamber Players as a birthday tribute to Joan Tower.
Composed on commission from the Bay Area Women's Philharmonic, which premiered it in 1985. The title refers to the Bata drums used in religious festivities by the Yoruba people of West Africa. Program note by the composer. Biographi cal sketch. Instrumentation; duration: ca 6 minutes.
Contents: Haiku, for narrator and mixed ensemble (1973) -- Inura, for voices, strings and percussion (2009). Various artists.
Martin performs music by Kenji Bunch, Paul Moravec, Chen Yi, Tania Leon, Eve Beglarian, Savid Sanford, Melissa Hui, and Ned Rorem. With Colette Valentine, piano.
With soprano Eileen Strempel and pianist Sylvie Beaudette. Includes music by Judith Cloud, Elisenda Fabregas, Amanda Harberg, Lori Laitman, Libby Larson, and Tania Leon.
Flutist Marya Martin commissioned these works. Includes music by Kenji Bunch, Paul Moravec, Chen Yi, Tania Leon, Eve Beglarian, David Sanford, Melissa Hui, and Ned Rorem. With brief biographical and program notes for each piece.
Contents: Abanico / Tania Leon -- Wave Mechanics II / Karen Tanaka -- Al Airi lepo Sviri / Milica Paranosic -- Stolen Gold / Anna Rubin -- Magnificat 3-Lament / Linda Dusman -- Kyrielle / Alice Shields -- Pulse / Becca Schack.
Portraits of nine 21 century American woman composers: Elizabeth R. Austin; Susan Botti; Gabriela Lena Frank; Jennifer Higdon; Libby Larsen; Tania Leon; Cindy McTee; Marga Richter; and Judith Shatin. For each composer, the book includes a conversation with the composer, an analysis of a piece of…
…Fred Hersch: No One Is Alone -- Ethan Iverson: Send in the Clowns -- Gabriel Kahane: Being Alive -- Phil Kline: Paraphrase (Someone in a Tree) -- Tania León: going . . . gone -- Ricardo Lorenz: The Worst [Empanadas] in London -- Wytnon Marsalis: That Old Piano Roll -- Paul Moravec: I Think About You…
A reflective work, composed in memory of the composer's father, shortly after his death; the second movement (piece) is a prayer. Born in Cuba, Leon lived in New York since 1967 and became the first Music Director of the Dance Theatr of Harlem in 1969.
In one movement. With program and biographical notes. This work is comprised of a series of suddenly shifting genres and moods. Includes some spoken word and improvisation. Of advanced difficulty.
Dedicated to the composer's mother, this one-movement work consists of two prologues with only a few instruments, followed by the main body of the music. With performance notes. Duration ca. 20 minutes.