Duo Materiales to Perform at Culver Center

Musicians will perform works of Brazilan composers, including UCR’s Paulo Chagas

Performers Caroline de Comi and Joaquim Abreu

Caroline de Comi, soprano, and Joaquim Abreu, percussion, perform as Duo Materiales.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Duo Materiales will perform contemporary music for voice and percussion by Brazilian composers — including two world premieres by UC Riverside music professor Paulo C. Chagas — Jan. 22-23 at the Culver Center of the Arts, 3824 Main St., Riverside.

Musicians Caroline de Comi, soprano, and Joaquim Abreu, percussion, will present a lecture and workshop on Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. They will perform in concert on Thursday, Jan. 23, from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This is their first U.S. appearance.

Events both days are free and open to the public.

Duo Materiales, which has performed in Brazil and throughout Europe, has collaborated extensively with Brazilian contemporary composers. In 2006 they released two CDs featuring works by modernist composers of the second generation such as Ernst Widmer (1927-1990), Almeida Prado (1943-2010) and Willy Correa de Oliveira (1939). In 2007 the CDs were awarded the Gold Diapason in Brazil and France. Duo Materiales has performed in many venues in Brazil and Europe, particularly in France.

Their appearance is made possible by the UCR Department of Music, Culver Center of the Arts and the Marylu Clayton Rosenthal Endowment.

“The combination of voice and percussion offers new possibilities for contemporary music,” Chagas said. “The voice is a powerful means for expressing emotion and identity, and the percussion instruments add timbers to music. Brazil enjoys a tradition of musical excellence in both voice and percussion: the traditional Portuguese elements bring a melodic richness to the vocal component of this music, while the percussion embodies the carnal and exuberant heritage of Afro-Brazilian music and culture. In the late 20th century many Brazilian composers have produced works for voice and percussion that have been performed by distinguished interpreters including Duo Materiales.”

The Thursday concert will include pieces by Aylton Escobar, Gilbert Mendes and Mauricio De Bonis, as well as two by UCR’s Chagas. One of Chagas’ compositions, “Awake,” is based on writings of Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) and was written to commemorate the 150th anniversary of his birth.

Swami Vivekananda left India in 1893 for the United States, where he addressed the Parliament of Religions in Chicago, and later spent many years speaking in the United States and Europe. He is a key figure for the popularization of the Vedanta philosophy in the West and set the trend of a spiritual revolution that moves away from conventional organized religions toward spirituality.


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