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Meditations, Translations, and Calligraphy | Music by Felipe Lara

  • Knafel Center 10 Garden Street Cambridge, MA 02138 (map)

via Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University

Part of the 2015–2016 Fellows' Presentation Series

Concert featuring works by Felipe Lara RI '16

Portrait concert of Brazilian composer Felipe Lara, whose featured works span over a decade, featuring Claire Chase, musicians from ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble), and JACK Quartet with guest violist Elizabeth Weisser.


Archi elastici (2014), viola quintet
JACK Quartet with Elizabeth Weisser, viola

Meditation and Calligraphy (2014)
Claire Chase, solo amplified bass flute

Trans(late) (2008), String Quartet no. 2
JACK Quartet

Parabolas na Caverna (2013–2014)
Claire Chase, solo amplified flute

Modified Attack (2012) on Metafagote
Levy Lorenzo, improvised amplified joystick

Corde Vocale (2005–2007), String Quartet no. 1
JACK Quartet

Metafagote (2015)
Rebekah Heller, solo amplified bassoon with six pre-recorded bassoons


Felipe Lara (b. 1979, São Paulo) has been described by the New York Times as "a gifted Brazilian-American modernist." His works have been recently performed Arditti Quartet, Asasello Quartet, Brentano Quartet, Camerata Aberta, Duo Diorama, Ensemble Recherche, Ex Novo Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble, JACK Quartet, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, London Sinfonietta, Mivos Quartet, Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic Hilversum (conducted by Peter Eötvös), Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Steven Schick, and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. His work has been presented at Acanthes (France), Acht Brücken Festival (Kölner Philharmonie), Aldeburgh Music Festival (UK), Ars Musica (Belgium), Aspekte Festival (Austria), Asphalt Festival (Germany), Darmstadt (Germany), Donaueschinger Musiktage (Germany), Europalia (Belgium), Festival for Contemporary Music (Tanglewood), Festival Música Nova (Brazil), Huddersfield (UK), Luxembourg Philharmonie, Mostly Mozart Festival (Lincoln Center), Phillips Collection (Washington, DC), Roulette (Brooklyn), Sala Cecília Meireles (Brazil), Teatro Amazonas (Brazil), and Teatro La Fenice (Italy). His second string quartet Tran(slate) was the winner of the 2008 Staubach Preis in Darmstadt, following the premiere performance by the Arditti Quartet with live electronics by Experimentalstudio SWR Freiburg. In 2012 and 2014 the International Contemporary Ensemble toured Brazil presenting Lara's chamber music, and flutist Claire Chase premiered two commissioned works as part of her Density 2036 project. Lara has received awards and fellowships from Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Fromm Foundation at Harvard University, Funarte (Brazilian Cultural Ministry), Andrew Mellown Foundation, and Heidelberger Frühling, Sacatar, and was recently a finalist for the Rolex Mentor Protege Award. Current projects include commissions by the Ensemble InterContemporain (France), São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and Choir (OSESP), and bassoonist Rebekah Heller, from the International Contemporary Ensemble. Lara is currently in residence as a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.