CEPROSound in Houston

Source: Nameless Sound.

three distinct concerts in three different venues

CEPROSOUND Small Ensembles
Friday, September 15 8pm
Presented in Collaboration with MECA

Hear the Revolution
Performed by Ensamble CEPROMUSIC
Saturday, September 16 3pm
At Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Presented in Collaboration with Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Sunday, September 17 8pm

This September Nameless Sound will present three distinct performances in three venues featuring Mexico City’s Ensamble CEPROMUSIC. Founded in 2012, CEPRO has not only become Mexico’s most prominent professional ensemble for the performance of 20th century notated repertoire, but the 15-piece group has also the played the crucial role of performing works of new and experimental music by living Mexican composers, including almost 100 original works.

But in its short history, CEPRO has approached something else quite unique in their field, accomplishing something rare for a large ensemble of classically-trained virtuosi. In addition to interpreting complex notated works, CEPROMUSIC has evolved into an ensemble that also improvises. In performances of open form pieces by the likes of Pauline Oliveros, Cornelius Cardew, and collaborations with artists such as John Butcher and Christian Wolff, Ensamble CEPROMUSIC is becoming the uncommon group executing music both “on and off the page”. In Fall 2016, Nameless Sound Director David Dove was in residence with the ensemble for one week in Mexico City, intensively workshopping improvisational strategies in preparation for a concert of completely free improvisation. It was a risky undertaking, with the general rule of thumb being that the larger an improvising ensemble, the more diminishing the odds are of a coherent piece of music. But improvisation inherently involves risk, and perhaps, riskier odds may also yield greater returns.

The success of this concert in Mexico planted the seed for CEPROSOUND. A 20-piece ensemble featuring 10 CEPRO musicians and 10 Houston-based Nameless Sound artists will play two concerts. At MECA on Friday, September 15th, the musicians will perform in combinations of smaller ensembles. On Sunday, September 17th, the 20 musicians will perform as an orchestra in a concert of free improvisation, a chancy yet exciting prospect.

In addition to the two concerts combining CEPRO with Nameless Sound musicians, Ensamble CEPROMUSIC will perform a special program of modern Mexican composers at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston in conjunction with their landmark exhibition Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910-1950. In a performance titled Hear the Revolution, Ensamble CEPROMUSIC will present works by Mexican composers who worked during the period covered in the exhibition. Under the direction of CEPROMUSIC Artist Director José Luis Castillo, the program will include pieces by Silvestre Revueltas, Rodolfo Halffter, Carlos Chávez, and Manuel Enríquez, as well as an orchestration of revolutionary corridos. This special concert will be presented in the galleries of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, among the works of the exhibition on Mexican Independence Day, September 16, at 3pm.