Piñatas, Glitter and Stilettos
A canvas full of images from my life.
Piñatas: decorated containers full of candy, often used in children birthdays parties- celebrations of life. Glitter: assortment of very small, flat, reflective particles- the beauty of reflections, of sparkling things. Stilettos: if you are a male, a dagger, if you are a female, a high heel - ambiguity, mental constructions.
1-Angels have a pink hair- A prelude, full of dirty spiritualism, spirituality in the electronic world.
2-Rock-paper-scissors- one of my favorite games, a metaphor for 3 objects, going back and forth between the instruments.
3-Del odio nace el amor (“Love emerges from hate”)- a long singlehanded process from hatred to love.
4-Alebrijes- mexican folk art sculptures of imaginary creatures often full of many different colors.
5-Kaleidoscopic dance- I have always loved kaleidoscopes, her system of ever-changing surfaces, his color processing tools, her economy of material, his endless variation.
6-La llorona (“The weeping woman”)- A legend: A women who kills his children and then commits suicide out of guilt, denied a place in heaven, she returns as a ghost, wandering at night weeping for his lost children forever. Also a popular folk tune of love and pain that may be derived from the legend.
7-Silver lining- as in “Every cloud has a silver lining”, a metaphor for optimism.
- Itzam Zapata - Instrumentation
fl, cl/bcl, vln, vlc, pno Category
Chamber Works Prizes
1st prize in the Frank Robert Abell Young Composer Competition for New Chamber Music (2014) Premiere
Fp: Uusinta Ensemble, conductor József Hárs. Klang musiikkisarja, Helsinki, Finland, 2013 Movements
1. Angels have a pink hair, 2. Rock-paper-scissors, 3. Del odio nace el amor, 4. Alebrijes, 5. Kaleidoscopic dance, 6. La llorona, 7. Silver lining PDF for promotional use
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