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León's Opera About Little Rock Integration, With Libretto by Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Ever since John Adams had his first operatic hit with "Nixon in China," operas based on the headlines and recent history rather than mythological tales and literary adaptations have become plentiful. The University of Central Arkansas is hoping to add the story of the Little Rock Nine  — nine black students who enrolled at what had been an all-white high school in Little Rock, Ark., in 1957 — to the operatic annals. The school is in the process of commissioning the composer Tania León and the scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. to create a work about the incident, and hopes to present the premiere in September 2017, around the 60th anniversary of the events..."This is Tania León's initiative entirely," Mr. Gates said in an email, "and I was flattered that she suggested that we work together. Tania and I were fellows at the Rockefeller Foundation's research center in Bellagio on Lake Como back in 1992, and we have been very good friends since then. I so admired her collaboration with Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, who was my professor back in grad school at the University of Cambridge," he said, referring to Ms. León's opera Scourge of Hyacinths..." Read the entire New York Times article: An Opera About Little Rock Integration, With Libretto by Henry Louis Gates Jr.

 

UNIV. OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS RECEIVES GRANTS FOR LEÓN'S LITTLE ROCK NINE

The National Endowment for the Arts, the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, and the Fred Darragh Foundation have awarded a grant to the University of Central Arkansas's College of Fine Arts and Communication in support of the commission, development, and premiere of Little Rock Nine by composer Tania León and librettist Henry Louis Gates, Jr. León and Gates will create a two hour score based on the true story of nine African-American students who, in 1957, under federal troop escort, entered all-white Central High School to obtain an equal education. Little Rock and "The Nine" came to symbolize the federal government's commitment to eliminating separate systems of education for blacks and whites. A universal and original story of heroism in the face of racial prejudice, the opera is expected to resonate with a diverse audience. For more information, visit UCA's website.

Read the press release: The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Brings Major Support to the Opera The Little Rock Nine by Tania León and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

New recording!

Oni Buchanan (piano): Savagery & Sophistication

Featuring Tania León's Tumbao.  Oni's fourth solo piano CD, Savagery & Sophistication, includes works by Tania León, Missy Mazzoli, Annie Gosfield, Cindy Cox, Mei-Fang Lin, Joan Tower, Adina Izarra, and Villa-Lobos.

For more information or to purchase the CD: click here to visit Oni Buchanan's website.

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Tania León is Keynote Speaker at Berklee's State of Jazz Composition Symposium

Berklee College of Music presents the State of Jazz Composition Symposium and Concert Series, offering six days of panels, workshops, and performances, from April 22-27, 2014. Most events are free and all are open to the public. Tania León gives the State of Jazz keynote address on Saturday, April 26, 1:30 pm, at Berk Recital Hall (www.berklee.edu/events/tania-leon-keynote-address). The event culminates with Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard performing with the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra at the Berklee Performance Center on Sunday, April 27. For more information, click here to visit Berklee's website.

 

Saint Martha-Yamaha Concerts present world premiere of DEL CARIBE, SOY!

The Church of Saint Martha and Yamaha present Caribbean Celebration!, a concert featuring the world premiere performances of Tania León's del Caribe, soy! for flute and piano, as well as performances of her work La Conga de Maggie Magalita. The concerts take place on Saturday, March 29th at 7:30 pm, and on Sunday, March 30th at 3 pm, at St. Martha in the Shores, 9301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL. For more information, visit the St. Martha-Yamaha Concert Series website.

Composers Now Festival opens February 1st with more than 100 performances scheduled throughout New York City's five boroughs

The multi-venue and month-long festival, under the Artistic Direction of Tania León,  celebrates living composers, the diversity of their voices and the significance of their musical contributions to our society. An electrifying host of soloists and ensembles will perform music ranging from classical and electronic to jazz, indie and beyond, and reflecting today's rich, sonic landscape. Don't miss the opening day performances, including "Music of Now Marathon" at Symphony Space, "Baby Got Bach" at the 92nd Street Y, "Music & Meditation" at NY Insight Meditation Center, violinist Caroline Chin at Spectrum, and a music video exhibition at the Streaming Museum.  Composers will be in attendance at all events and will be interacting with audiences. Composers Now is a project partner of the Fund for the City of New York.  Full calendar of events: www.composersnow.org/

 

Pianist Ursula Oppens and the Cassatt String Quartet premiere Ethos at Symphony Space

The evening, titled "Uncommon Women," pays tribute to the women warriors of new music by celebrating a host of anniversaries. Commissioned by Symphony Space with support from the New York State Council of the Arts Individual Artists Program, Tania León's Ethos is dedicated to the memory of Isaiah Sheffer, co-founder of Symphony Space. The program also includes Joan Tower's Dumbarton Quintet and Beethoven's String Quartet No. 10, "The Harp," (Op. 74). The performance is part of Composers Now Festival. Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater, 7:30 pm. For more information: www.symphonyspace.org/event/8041/Music/uncommon-women

"Composers  Now — A massive gathering of adventurous musicmakers"
— Time Out New York

 

Conference in Havana will include performance of works by Tania León

The Women's Studies Department at the University of Havana presents the ninth International Conference, "Women in the XXIst century," in Havana from November 25 to 28, 2013. This year's program is entitled Breaking the Taboo: Women Musicians in Traditionally Male-Dominated Fields. The overall purpose of the conference is to facilitate academic exchange, update and assessment of what scholars and students are doing on issues related to feminism, gender, women's studies, collaborations with women and the contemporary women and feminist movement. As part of the conference, guitarist Ana Maria Rosado will present works for guitar by Tania León.

 

Composers Now announces partnership with Fund for the City of New York

Composers Now, under the Artistic Direction of founder Tania León, has become a project partner of the Fund for the City of New York for the citywide, multi-institution and month-long Composers Now Festival. Composers Now celebrates living composers, the diversity of their voices and the significance of their musical contributions to the cultural fabric of our society. Presented collaboratively by organizations throughout the five boroughs of New York, the festival features a broad spectrum of performances in concert halls, jazz mobiles, opera stages, experimental spaces, conservatories, museums and other musical venues. Amy Roberts Frawley will serve as Project Director of Composers Now, the fifth installment of which will kick off February 1, 2014. As in previous years, the "Music of Now" marathon, presented by Symphony Space, will launch the month-long celebration. It will be followed by dozens of performances, lectures and panel discussions throughout New York City, ranging from concert to jazz to indie to electronic music and mapping an incredible sonic journey through the landscape of our time. Each event will feature a recent work by a living composer. Composers will be in attendance at all events, participating in performances or panel discussions, and interacting with audiences. For more information, visit ComposersNow2014.org.

 

Tania León interviews Philip Glass for Symphony Space's Artful Dining

Symphony Space presents the fourth annual series of Artful Dining, a dynamic series of performances and intimate events in private homes, designed to further the dialogue between artists, curators, and patrons. As part of this program, on 4 November, Tania León has an intimate conversation with Philip Glass ("Einstein on the Beach," "Satyagraha") about his life, art and influences. Following the discussion, both composers will join attendees for cocktails and hor d'oeuvres. Click for more information or to purchase tickets

 

ASCAP presents Victor Herbert Award to ASCAP member Tania León

New York, NY — On May 17, 2013, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) presented the Victor Herbert Award to ASCAP member Tania León, Founder & Artistic Director of Composers Now Festival and Distinguished Professor at City University of New York. The award, given during ASCAP's 14th annual Concert Music Award, was given to León in celebration of her 70th year, and for her achievements as composer, conductor, educator, mentor, composer advocate and exemplary musical citizen. The 2013 Concert Music Awards recognize the achievements of honorees who represent the diverse aesthetic spectrum of the concert music world. Other honorees include Jon Deak, Steve Smith, and Morton Gould. For more information, visit: www.ascap.com/press/2013/0513-14th-annual-concert-music-awards-to-honor-tania-leon-jon-deak.aspx

 

Inura broadcast over 250 radio stations on the WFMT Radio Network

Tania León's Inura, for voices, strings, and percussion, performed by Son Sonora Ensemble and Dance Brazil Percussion and conducted by Tania León, was aired on Chicago-based WFMT on March 10th as part of "Latin-American Music by Elbio Barilari." The show is now going national and international with broadcasts on more than 250 stations of the WFMT Radio Network, from Alaska to Puerto Rico and including Australia, New Zealand, Denmark and the Philippines. Inura was a 55th Grammy Award Nominee (for "Best Contemporary Classical Composition") and a 13th Latin Grammy nominee (for "Best Contemporary Classical Composition"). Watch a YouTube video of Inura. Order the CD.

 

Tania León receives commission from New York State Council on the Arts

The New York State Council on the Arts has presented a commissioning grant to Tania León to compose a quintet for pianist Ursula Oppens and the Cassatt String Quartet. The work will be premiered in the spring of 2014.

 

El Manisero at The Fourth Universalist Society

Tania León's El Manisero was performed by Choral Chameleon (Vince Peterson, Artistic Director) at the "She Sings" concert on March 13, at The Fourth Universalist Society on the Upper West Side.

 

Led by Artistic Director Tania León, fourth installment of Composers Now Festival begins Feb. 2

This citywide, month-long celebration will kick off with "The Music of now" — a daylong marathon at Symphony Space — and will include more than 40 events at venues across the city, highlighting some of today's most diverse and captivating music. www.composers-now.org

 

Tania León's Inura is a Grammy Nominee for "Best Contemporary Classical Composition" in 55th Annual Awards Ceremony

Released last fall by Albany Records (TROY1284) on León's CD In Motion, Inura is performed by Son Sonora Ensemble / Son Sonora Voices / DanceBrazil Percussion, directed by Judith Cluman, and conducted by Tania León. Winners will be announced on February 10, 2013. For more information, visit the 55th Annual Grammy Awards website.

 

Tania León at University of Chicago for Colloquium Series

Tania León visits the University of Chicago to give a lecture entitled "Polyrhythmia in the Music of Cuba" as part of the Visiting Committee Colloquium Series. The lecture will take place on Friday, October 19, 2012 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm in the Logan Center for the Arts, Lower Level, Room 028. Click here for more information.

 

Tania León's Batey on WQXC

Tania León's Batey was featured on the WQXC playlist for May 20, 2012.

 

Tania León's Ácana at the Miami New Music Festival

Tania León's Ácana was performed at the Miami New Music Festival in May of 2012, with the composer also acting as conductor.

 

Tania León nominated for Latin Grammy Award for Inura

Tania León has been nominated for a Latin Grammy Award, in the "Best Classical Contemporary Composition" category, for Inura. Released last fall on her CD In Motion (Albany Records, TROY1284), Inura is performed by Son Sonora Voices, directed by Judith Cluman, with Son Sonora Ensemble / DanceBrazil Percussion, and conducted by Tania León. Winners will be announced on November 15, 2012. For more information, visit the Latin Grammy Awards website.

 

String Trio Á Tres Voces to premiere at 2012 Leaf Peeper Concerts

Tania León's new work, Á Tres Voces (For Three Voices), for string trio, will premiere on October 27 at the 2012 Leaf Peeper Concerts, under the musical direction of Sanford Allen. Performers include Sanford Allen, violin; Juan-Miguel Hernandez, viola; and Astrid Schween, cello. Also on the program are W.A. Mozart's Duo for Violin and Viola and Max Reger's String Trio. At St. James Church, at the intersection of routes 205 and 66 in Chatham, NY. For more information, call (518) 325-5613 or visit www.leafpeeperconcerts.org.

 

Inura featured on WFMT

Tania León's original score for ballet, Inura, performed by Son Sonora Ensemble and Dance Brazil Percussion and conducted by León, was featured on WFMT, Sunday, June 3rd. "Two Cuban Composers," hosted by Elbio Barilari, aired in Chicago last February and nationally since then on more than 50 radios stations across the U.S. The program also featured composer Esteban Salas. For more information, go to: http://blogs.wfmt.com/fiesta/ Inura can also be heard on Tania León's latest recording, "In Motion," released by Albany Records last year.

 

Tania León in Johannesburg as Mellon Distinguished Visiting Scholar

During the summer of 2012, composer/conductor Tania León has been appointed Mellon Distinguished Scholar at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and will be in residence at the Wits School of Arts from July 16 - August 24. The position was created to provide vital inspiration to faculty and students and the community at large regarding cutting-edge research in the arts, and to build new bridges between performing arts and other contemporary modes of composition such as music for drama theatre production and interactive media.

As part of her appointment, León will lead seminars on composition and interdisciplinary research, and participate in conversations on jazz composition and improvisation and choral music in the context of traditional and contemporary music. León will also conduct performance workshops with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Academy Youth Orchestra and give a public talk at the Wits School of Arts on August 21. The composer's appointment as visiting scholar also includes lectures in Durban, Cape Town, and Soweto.
For more information: www.wits.ac.za/academic/humanities/wsoa/newsarchives/2012/16137/news_item_16137.html

 

Airi Yoshioka presents Swiss premiere of León's Abanico

Airi Yoshioka will give the Swiss premiere of León's Abanico for solo violin and interactive computer at the Festival de la Cité de Lausanne on Thursday, July 12. The concert will highlight her CD, Stolen Gold (Albany Records, TROY1305), featuring León's Abanico. For more information: 2012.festivalcite.ch/programme/spectacles/stolen-gold/

 

Tania León featured on Swedish Radio

Sverige Radio's P2 channel is airing a series hosted by award-winning cultural journalist Birgitte Tollan. New York - spearheads and cross-border commuters takes a look at some of the world's premier female classical musicians, including Tania León. Tollan came to New York to personally interview León about her work and her life.
For more information: sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=2960&artikel=5139175 (or in English)

 

Tania León's work included in scholarly publication

This past June, Carmen Cecilia Piñero Gil's article, "Compositoras latinoamericanas contemporáneas: exilios, identidades y creación", which includes a discussion of Tania León's work, was included in Teoria, Critica e Music na Atualidade, published by the University Federal de Rio de Janeiro's School of Music.

 

Tania León at the John Duffy Composers Institute

Tania León will take part in the 2012 Virginia Arts Festival as Visiting Faculty in the John Duffy Composers Institute, as a composer mentor and resident composer. Founded by the Virginia Arts Festival in 2005, the John Duffy Composers Institute is dedicated to the inspiration, creation, and performance of new music by living composers. For more information visit the website.


 

Bailarín on WDAV Classical Public Radio

David Starobin's recording of Tania León's Bailarín featured on WDAV: the solo guitar will start this week's Concierto, running on various stations around the country, from May 19-25. On Saturdays at 10pm on WDAV and wdav.org the flagship/producing station. Click for more info and to stream WDAV: Concierto on WDAV.org.


 

Tania León in Norton's Musics of Latin America.

"The most up-to-date and comprehensive Latin American music survey available," Musics of Latin America features the works of Tania León and is edited by Robin Moore (Univ. of Texas, Austin) and Walter Aaron Clark (Univ. of California, Riverside). The book covers "one of the most musically diverse regions in the world, [and] emphasizes music as a means of understanding culture and society." For more information and to order a copy, visit W.W. Norton's website.


 

Two Cuban Composers on 98.7 WFMT (Chicago)

WFMT Chicago will feature the music of Tania León on Sunday, June 3, in a program titled "Two Cubans," during Elbio Barilari's Latin American music show, Fiesta!" Featuring two Cuban Composers born over two hundred years apart — Esteban Salas, born in 1725, and Tania León, born in 1943 — the playlist includes Salas' Vayan unas Especias, Tu Mi Dios Entre Pajas, and Toquen Presto a Fuego, and León's Inura. Click for more info and to stream the program live on June 3: WFMT Chicago.


 

New recording!

Colin Sorgi (violin) and Jooeun Pak (piano): ...Eco de Violin

A Collection of New Latin American Music for Violin with Piano and Electronics
Featuring Tania León's Abanico.  The Latin American Music Center at Indiana University has released this recording of violinist Colin Sorgi and pianist Jooeun Pak, who are the Grand Prize winners of the First Latin American Music Recording Competition (January 2011), and the CD is part of the series of events celebrating the LAMC's golden jubilee (1961-2011).
IUMusic 786031110023

For more information: click here to visit Indiana University/Jacobs School of Music's Latin American Music Center's page about the CD.

Click here to buy or download the CD from CDBaby.



 

CareerGirls.org features Tania León.

CareerGirls.org, an organization dedicated to providing young girls of all income levels and ethnic backgrounds with the academic tools and support they need to achieve their professional aspirations, features Tania León in a series of videos in their "I want to be a Performing Arts Professional" section. Visit the site and watch the videos.

 

Tania León, founder of Symphony Space's Composers Now Festival, assumes responsibilities as Artistic Director

Tania León, founder of Symphony Space's Composers Now Festival, has assumed the Artistic Director's role in the acclaimed city-wide, multi-institution, month-long music event that highlights today!s composers.

A vital personality on today's music scene, León is highly regarded as a composer and conductor recognized for her accomplishments as an educator and advisor to arts organizations. León "has distinguished herself as a proponent of music without category beyond a standard of excellence," remarked long-time music commentator Howard Mandel in an article for Ear Magazine.

"We are thrilled that Tania is heading the Composers Now festival as Artistic Director," says Laura Kaminsky, Artistic Director, Symphony Space. "Tania is a multi-faceted musician and an international figure in the music world. She has carved a niche for herself in contemporary music as a composer, conductor, and music director. Her enthusiasm for contemporary composers will shape the festival, introducing compelling new work and amazing music-makers. Read the press release.


 

New recording!

October 1: Albany Records releases In Motion (featuring Haiku, and the world premiere recording of Inura)

Tania León conducts the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble, Son Sonora Ensemble and Voices, and DanceBrazil Percussion in this recording of her compositions for dance. Haiku (for narrator and mixed ensemble) was originally choreographed by Walter Raines, and premiered in 1973, and Inura (for voices, strings and percussion) was originally choreographed by Carlos dos Santos, and premiered in 2009.

Click here to buy this recording from Amazon.com.

*NEW*: Click here for a gallery of photos from Dance Theatre of Harlem's and DanceBrazil's performances of Haiku and Inura.

 

 

Tania León's music featured on WNYC's New Sounds.

WNYC's "New Sounds," featured Tania León's Haiku  and Inura, from the Albany Records CD, "in Motion," on the October 25th program, entitled Music from Latin America. "New Sounds" airs every night at 11pm on 93.9 FM in the New York area. Listen to the entire program online.

 

See the YouTube video of Tania León's newly released CD, In Motion (Albany Records).

The video features excerpts from two works originally composed for dance: Haiku created during Tania's tenure as music director of the Dance Theater of Harlem (choreographed by Walter Raines), and Inura created for Dance Brazil (choreographed by Carlos dos Santos). Photographers are Marbeth (for Dance Theater of Harlem) and Nan Meville (for Dance Brazil). Order the CD.

 

Abanico for violin and interactive computer on violinist Airi Yoshioka's new CD, "Stolen Gold."

Released earlier this month by Albany Records, Yoshioka's album features seven electro-acoustic works from women composers including León, Karen Tanaka, Milica Paranosic, Anna Rubin, Linda Dusman, Alice Shields and Becca Schack. Abanico was commissioned by the University of Maryland for Airi Yoshioka, and it premiered in 2007 at the Americas Society, NYC. Buy the CD from Amazon.com.

 

Listen to a Podcast of Tania León Interviewed by Philip Glass:

The interview was recorded live at The James and Martha Duffy Performance Space at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn on February 8, as part of 651 ARTS LIVE & OUTSPOKEN series. Visit BOMBLOG to listen to the podcast.

 

Listen to a Recording of Rimas Tropicales:

Set to poetry by Carlos Pintado, León's three songs were premiered in the summer of 2011 in San Francisco by the Girls Chorus conducted by Susan McMane. The work was commissioned by Classical Movements, Inc. as part of the Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program and dedicated to Susan McMane and the Girls Chorus. Click here to listen.

 

Watch Tania León Conduct L'Orchestre de Chambre de Genève:

This performance of Pablo Casals' El Cant dels Ocells took place at Vitoria Hall in Geneva (Switzerland) and featured Pascal Michel on the cello. Click here to watch the video on YouTube.

 

View Photos from Tania León's Mosse Lecture:

The University of Humboldt, Berlin, has posted photos from Tania Leó's lecture, Border Crossings, which can be viewed here: www.mosse-lectures.de/web/index.php/en/content/archive/SS11.html Scroll to the lower third of the page (just below Claudio Abbado), or search the page for "Tania Leon" to find the relevant section.

 

Tania León Featured in New Slayton Essay Collection:

Michael K. Slayton's Women of Influence in Contemporary Music is a collection of nine essays focusing on women who have made significant contributions to American music. Tania León is featured, along with Elizabeth Austin, Susan Botti, Gabriela Lena Frank, Jennifer Higdon, Libby Larsen, Cindy McTee, Marga Richter, and Judith Shatin. Tania's chapter includes an interview, a detailed analysis of Indigena and other works, and a biography. The book reflects the shifting societal landscapes in the United States over the last seven years and offers a rare glimpse into the styles and attitudes of gifted women and their work. Women of Influence in Contemporary Music is published by The Scarecrow Press, and can be ordered here.

2011 Latin Grammy nomination:

Tania León's work, To and Fro, as performed by the Nodus Ensemble on their album, "Sonidos Cubanos (Innova 322), has been nominated for a 2011 Latin Grammy, for Best Classical Contemporary Composition. Click here for more information about the Grammy nomination, or here for more information about the recording.

 

'Access to the Arts' Award:

Each spring Symphony Space pays tribute to the artists, philanthropists, corporations, and others who share in its dedication to providing high-quality arts programming to a wide range of audiences. On April 11, at its second annual ceremony, the prestigious Access to the Arts award was presented to composer Tania León. Other recipients honored were author E.L. Doctorow, composer/performer Arturo O'Farrill of the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, and Symphony Space board member William L. Haines. Click here and here for more information.

 

Mosse Lectures:

Tania León has been invited to speak at the prestigious Mosse Lectures at the University of Humboldt, Berlin, on May 26, 2011. The lecture, Border Crossings, will discuss cultural thresholds in the syncretic evolution of music. Click here for more information.

 

New recording!

NODUS Ensemble — Sonidos Cubanos
Featuring Tania León's To and Fro*.  Includes works by Ileana Perez Velazquez, Orlando Jacinto Garcia and Sergio Barroso.
Innova 322

Click here to buy this recording directly from Innova.

* To and Fro was a 2010 Latin Grammy nomination for Best Classical Contemporary Composition!!!

 

Upcoming Events - 2014

October 5, 2014
Music Alive! "Dynamic Women Making Music from Around the Globe": Conservatory students perform works by female composers Tania León (Ethos), Kaija Saariaho, Julia Wolfe, Pauline Oliveros, and Jennifer Higdon. More than 30 student performers, with a special appearance by soprano Dawn Upshaw. Sunday, October 5, at 3pm, at The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts of Bard College. For more information, visit The Fisher Center's website.

June 22-29, 2014
2014 Summer Choral Composers Forum - Tania León attends as Mentor Composer: The 2014 Summer Choral Composers Forum at Lehigh University welcomes Tania León as a Mentor Composer. The event is sponsored by Lehigh University Choral Arts and the American Choral Directors Association. For more information, visit Lehigh Choral Arts' website.

June 13, 2014
Guest Conductor - Symphony Orchestra of the University of Guanajuato: Tania León appears as guest conductor with the symphony on Friday, July 13. Works include León's HORIZONS, as well as works by Brouwer and Panufnik. For more information, visit the Symphony's website.

May 5, 2014
What is Noise Ensemble presents TUMBAO at Weill Recital Hall: What Is Noise is a new music ensemble based in Tallahassee, Florida, part of the FSU College of Music. Their pianist, Cholong Park, will play TUMBAO as part of their Carnegie Hall evening of chamber music. The concert takes place on Monday, May 5, 2014, at 8:00 pm, at Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Carnegie Hall's website.

March 29 & 30, 2014
Church of Saint Martha and Yamaha present world premiere of DEL CARIBE, SOY!, and LA CONGA DE MAGGIE MAGALITA: The Church of Saint Martha and Yamaha present Caribbean Celebration!, a concert featuring the world premiere performances of Tania León's del Caribe, soy! for flute and piano, as well as performances of her work La Conga de Maggie Magalita. The concerts take place on Saturday, March 29th at 7:30 pm, and on Sunday, March 30th at 3 pm, at St. Martha in the Shores, 9301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL. For more information, visit the St. Martha-Yamaha Concert Series website.

March 7, 2014
Cornell Symphony Orchestra presents BATÁ and KABIOSILE: The Cornell Symphony Orchestra presents a concert at the conclusion of Tania León's residency at Cornell University, featuring performances León's Batá and Kabiosile. The concert takes place on Friday, March 7, 2014, at 8:00 pm, at Bailey Hall on the Cornell University campus, in Ithaca, NY. James Spinazzola conducts Batá, and Chris Kim conducts Kabiosile, with Ryan McCullogh as pianist. For more information, visit Cornell Symphony Orchestra's website.

February 23, 2014
The African American Arts Institute of Indiana University presents SAOKO: The African American Arts Institute hosts its annual Extensions of the Traditions Concert, which will feature a performance of Tania León's Saoko. The concert takes place on Sunday, February 23, 2014, at 4:00 pm, at Auer Hall of the IU Jacobs School of Music, 200 S. Jordan Ave., Bloomington, IN. For more information, visit the Institute's website.

February 7, 2014
Pianist Ursula Oppens and the Cassatt String Quartet premiere ETHOS: The evening, titled "Uncommon Women," pays tribute to the women warriors of new music by celebrating a host of anniversaries. Commissioned by Symphony Space with support from the New York State Council of the Arts Individual Artists Program, Ethos is dedicated to the memory of Isaiah Sheffer, co-founder of Symphony Space. The concert takes place on Friday, February 7, 2014, at 7:30 pm, at Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, New York, NY. For more information: symphonyspace.org/event/8041/Music/uncommon-women

 

Premieres:

A Tres Voces. Commissioned by Clarion Concerts, Chamber Music Concert at the St. James Church, Chatham; October 27, 2012.

Abanico for violin and interactive computer.  Swiss premiere by Airi Yoshioka. Festival de la Cité de Lausanne, July 12, 2012.

Origenes. Premiered by Monarch Brass as part of the International Women's Brass Conference, conducted by Victoria Bond. June 7, 2012.

going...gone. Commissioned by Anthony de Mare for the project, Liasons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano. April 21, 2012.

Homenatge. Premiered by Adam Kent; commissioned by the Foundation for Iberian Music celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Xavier Montsalvatge. Weill Recital Hall, November 30, 2011.

Rimas Tropicales. Premiered by the San Francisco Girls Chorus, San Francisco, CA. June 9 and 11, 2011.

Cuarteto No. 2. Premiered by the Harlem Quartet, New York, NY. May 14, 2011

Cumba Cumbakin.  Premiered by the Harvard Wind Ensemble, Boston, MA. March 6, 2010.

Esencia para cuarteto de cuerdas.  Premiered by the Del Sol Quartet, San Francisco, CA.  May 8, 2009.

Inura, original score for ballet.  Premiered by Dance Brazil.  Skirball Center, NYC, Mar. 19-22, 2009.

Tiempo en Clave for violin and percussion.  Premiered by Ana Milosavljevic and Alex Lipowski. The Times Center, NYC. Oct. 24, 2008

Estampas for SATB.  Premiered by Chicago a capella.  Chicago, IL. Apr. 19, 2008

Ácana for orchestra. Premiered by Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.  Carnegie Hall, NYC.  Live broadcast on WNYC-FM (93.9).  April 1, 2008

Ancients for 2 Sopranos, flute, clarinet, percussion, viola, cello.  Commissioned by Carolina Performing Arts for Terry Rhodes. March 27, 2008

Raices for mixed ensemble.  Premiered by Latin Fiesta, Philadelphia, PA.  Sept. 22, 2007

Abanico for violin and interactive computer.  Premiered by Airi Yoshioka. America's Society, NYC, May 9, 2007.

Alma for flute and piano.  Premiered by Marya Martin.  Weill Recital Hall, NYC.  March 29, 2007.

Atwood Songs for Soprano and piano.  Poetry by Margaret Atwood.  Premiered by Eileen Strempel and Sylvie Beaudette.  Syracuse University, NY.  March 25, 2007.

Reflections for Soprano, piano, clarinet, alto sax, trumpet, 2 percussion, string quintet. Premiered by Tamara Haskin and the Son Sonora Ensemble, Tania León, conductor,  The Gatehouse, NYC, Nov. 9-14, 2006.

Toque for mixed ensemble.  Commissioned and premiered by Opus 21.  May 20, 2006, Symphony Space, NYC.

Variacíon, for solo piano. Society for American Music Annual Conference, in Chicago, Il on March 15-29, 2006. Anna Briscoe, pianist.

Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel (arr. León). Commissioned and premiered  by the Albany Symphony. David Alan Miller, conductor. 2005

Samarkand for narrator, chorus, children's chorus and mixed ensemble. Collaboration with Wole Soyinka. Shaw Center for the Performing Arts, Baton Rouge, LA. March 2005

Tumbao, for solo piano. Commissioned and premiered by Elena Riu. Published by Boosey & Hawkes, London.  2005

Commissions:

del Caribe, Soy!. Premiered by Nestor Torres and Tania Leon. Commissioned by Concerts at St. Martha, Saint Martha. Church of Saint Martha, Miami, FL. March 29, 2014.

Ethos. Premiered by Ursula Oppens and the Cassatt Quartet. Commissioned by NYSCA for Symphony Space. Symphony Space, February 7, 2014.

Homentage for Adam Kent, commissioned by the Foundation for Iberian Music in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Xavier Montsalvatge. 2011

going...gone for Anthony de Mare, part of LIAISONS: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano. 2011

A Tres Voces commissioned by Clarion Concerts to honor music director Sanford Allen. 2010

Work for piano and percussion for Jade Simmons and Craig Hauschildt. 2010

Band work for Harvard University Band. 2010

Piano solo works for and commissioned by Vassily Primakov.  2010

Rimas Tropicales.  Commissioned for the San Francisco Girls Chorus by Classical Movements, Inc. as part of the Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program. 2011

String Quartet for the Harlem Quartet.  Commissioned by The ASCAP Foundation and The Sphinx Organization. 2009

Inura, Original score for new ballet. Choreography by Carlos dos Santos.  Commissioned for Dance Brazil Company. 2009.

New Work for piano and percussion.  Commissioned for Jade Simmons and Craig Hauschildt. 2010

Cumba Cumbakin for band.  Commissioned by Harvard University Band. 2009

Tiempo en Clave for violin and percussion.  Commissioned by Ana Milosavljevic. 2008

Ancients for 2 Sopranos, flute, clarinet, percussion, viola, cello.  Commissioned by Carolina Performing Arts for Terry Rhodes. 2008

Estampas for vocal ensemble.  Commissioned by the Chicago a cappella. 2008.

Ácana for orchestra.  Commissioned by Purchase College and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with support from the New York State Music Fund. 2008.

Esencia for the Del Sol String Quartet.  Commissioned by the Fromm Foundation.  2006

 

Recent recordings:

...Eco de Violin (Sorgi and Pak))
Features Abanico.  Colin Sorgi (violin) and Jooeun Pak (piano) present A Collection of New Latin American Music for Violin and Piano with Electronics, released by The Latin American Music Center at Indiana University. IUMusic 786031110023

In Motion (Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble, Son Sonora Ensemble and Voices, and DanceBrazil Percussion)
Features Tania León's compositions for dance, Haiku (for narrator and mixed ensemble) and Inura (for voices, strings and percussion).  Albany Records TROY 1284

Stolen Gold (Airi Yoshioka)
Features Abanico (for violin and interactive computer).  Albany Records TROY 1305

Sonidos Cubanos (NODUS Ensemble)
Features To and Fro.  Includes works by Ileana Perez Velazquez, Orlando Jacinto Garcia and Sergio Barroso. Innova 322

(In) Habitation - Musical Settings of Margaret Atwood Poetry by American Women Composers
Musical Settings of Margaret Atwood Poetry by American Women Composers. Includes Tania Leon's Atwood Songs; Eileen Strempel, soprano; Sylvie Beaudette, piano. Centaur 3002.

Eight Visions - A New Anthology for Flute and Piano (Flute Recital (21st Century): Marya Martin)

Tania León: Singin' Sepia (Six Compositions, 1992-2002)
Bridge 9231

Timbrando (Meridien Arts Ensemble)
Features Saoko. Click here to purchase.
See it on YouTube!

New Music for Baritone & Chamber Ensemble (Thomas Buckner)
Features Canto.

To Have and to Hold (Sequitur)
Features Ivo, Ivo. Koch KIC-CD-7593, released May 2007.

Family Album ( New Music with Guitar Vol. 7) (David Starobin, guitar)
Features Bailarin. Click here to purchase.

Polytopia: Music for Violin and Electronics (Mari Kimura, violin)
Features Axon for violin and interactive computer. Bridge 9236, released Sept. 2007. Click here to purchase.

Salsa Nueva (Elena Riu, pianist)
Features Tumbao. SOMMCD 237 Click here to purchase.

Percussion (Edith Salmen)
Features A La Par. Castigo 02419.

 

Awards and Honors:

Mellon Distinguished Scholar at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. 2012
Director of Symphony Space's Composer Now Festival. 2012
Speaker at the Mosse Lectures, 2012
Symphony Space Access to the Arts award. 2011
Induction into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. 2010
Meet the Composer/MetLife Creative Connections. 2009
ASCAP Standard Award. 2009
UCross Foundation Composer Residency. Wyoming. 2009
Pulitzer Prize Nomination.  Acana for Orchestra.  2008
Guggenheim Fellowship Award.  Music Composition. 2007
Honorary Doctorate in Music, SUNY Purchase, 2007
Distinguished Professor, City University of New York, 2006
Ignacio Cervantes Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement, Cuban Cultural Center, 2006
Fromm Music Foundation Commission, 2005
Honoree, Cuban Artists Fund, 2005

Recent Events - 2013

December 3, 2013
American Modern Ensemble presents TURNING: The American Modern Ensemble, conducted by Robert Paterson, presents "Winter Songs," a concert including Tania León's Turning. The performance features Nancy Allen Lundy (soprano), Blair McMillen (piano), and Arash Amini (cello), and takes place on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at 8:00 pm, at the DiMenna Center — Cary Hall, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY. For more information, visit the Ensemble's website.

November 9, 2013
El Ensamble Vocal Contemporáneo de Tenerife presents DRUME NEGRITA: The Contemporary Vocal Ensemble of Tenerife, under the direction of Antonio Abreu Lechado, presents a concert featuring the music of several countries in the Americas, from the U.S. to Argentina. Included is Tania León's Drume Negrita from "Two Cuban Songs." The concert is on Saturday, November 9, 2013, at 8:30pm at the Auditorium of the University of La Laguna. For more information, visit the Ensamble's Facebook page.

June 3, 2013
Scotia Festival of Music and Airi Yoshioka present ALBANICO: The Scotia Festival of Music of Halifax, Nova Scotia, presents a recital with Airi Yoshioka on violin, on Monday, June 3, 2013, at 7:00 pm, in The Peggy Corkum Music Room, 6181 Lady Hammond. Included are Tania Léon's Albanico. as well as works by Milica Paranosic, Karen Tanaka, Anna Rubin, Linda Dusman, and Becca Schack.

March 25-26, 2013
Soli Chamber Ensemble performs ARENAS D'UN TIEMPO: As part of the ensemble 2012-2013 concert season, "Year of the New: New, Newer, Newest," Soli Chamber Ensemble perform's León's Arenas d'un Tiempo.The performance will take place at Gallery Nord (March 25) and at Ruth Taylor Recital Hall, Trinity University (March 26), both located in San Antonio, TX. 7:30 P.M. Tickets: $20 ($10 Students). For more information.

March 21, 2013
Martha Mooke performs León's HEBRAS D'LUZ, for solo electric viola. at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens: As part of New Music Miami, the program "Music for Electric Viola" will also feature works by Martha Mooke, Orlando Jacinto Garcia and Alvin Singleton. Mooke will be joined by FLEA (FIU Laptop & Electronic Arts Ensemble) for the premiere of an original composition she wrote in collaboration with Jacob Sudol. The Miami Beach Botanical Gardens is located at 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, Florida. The performance is free and open to the public. Doors open at 7:00 pm. For more information on Martha Mooke. For more information on the concert.

March 13, 2013
Pianist Adam Kent performs HOMENTAGE at Le Poisson Rouge: The program, "Spanish Piano: The Classical and the New," will also feature works by Mompou, Albéniz, Granados, Montsalvatge, León, and Casablancas. 7 P.M. Tickets: $15. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

March 5, 2013
ALEGRE presented by Columbus State Concert BandAlegre was presented as part of a special series in honor of Women's History Month at the Lincoln Theatre in Columbus, OH, on 5 March. Also on the program were Florence Price's "Three Negro Dances," Shirley Mier's "Maiden Voyage," Cecile Chaminade's "Concertino for Flute," Nancy Seward's "A Celtic Ballad," and Julie Giroux's "West Wind Overture." Thomas Lloyd conducted.

January 29, 2013
Tania León conducts the Da Capo Chamber Players at Merkin Hall: Tania will conduct Wendell Logan's Runagate Runagate. The concert, honoring Black History, also includes music by Nkeiru Okoye, Valerie Coleman, Jeffrey Mumford and Alvin Singleton. 8 PM. 129 West 67th Street.  Click here for more information.

Recent Events - 2012

September 21, 2012
going...gone presented by the University of Maryland. As part of Antony de Mare's project, Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano, leading composers have come together to re-imagine their favorite Sondheim songs as solo piano works. Tania's going...gone is based on "Good Thing Going" from Merrily We Roll Along. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 8 p.m. Click here for more information.

September 14, 2012
going...gone presented by the University of Missouri-Kansas City. As part of Antony de Mare's project, Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano, leading composers have come together to re-imagine their favorite Sondheim songs as solo piano works. Tania's going...gone is based on "Good Thing Going" from Merrily We Roll Along. White Recital Hall, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 7:30 p.m. Click here for more information.

July 12, 2012
SWISS PREMIERE: Abanico for violin and interactive computer.  Swiss premiere by Airi Yoshioka, Festival de la Cité de Lausanne, Cathédrale, 6:45 PM. Click here for more information.

June 7, 2012
WORLD PREMIERE: Origenes. Performed by Monarch Brass as part of the International Women's Brass Conference, conducted by Victoria Bond. Dalton Center Recital Hall, Kalamzaoo, MI, 7:30 p.m. Click here for more information.

May 25, 2012
Ácana, Guanajuato University Symphony Orchestra, Director guest Tania León. Main Hall, Guanajuato University at 8:30 PM. Click here for more information.

May 2, 2012
going...gone presented by The Gilmore Foundation. As part of Antony de Mare's project, Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano, leading composers have come together to re-imagine their favorite Sondheim songs as solo piano works. Tania's going...gone is based on "Good Thing Going" from Merrily We Roll Along. Wellspring Theater, Epic Center, Kalamzaoo, 2:00 p.m. Click here for more information.

April 27, 2012
Toque performed by the University of Texas New Music Ensemble, conducted by Dan Welcher. The concert was held in the Bates Recital Hall of the Butler School of Music, at 7:30 pm.

April 21, 2012
WORLD PREMIERE: going...gone. As part of Antony de Mare's project, Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano, seventeen of today's leading jazz, classical, music theater, pop, and film composers — including Steve Reich, Ricky Ian Gordon, Gabriel Kahane, Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), and Fred Hersch — have come together to re-imagine their favorite Sondheim songs as solo piano works. Tania's going...gone is based on "Good Thing Going" from Merrily We Roll Along. Symphony Space, 7:30 p.m. Click here for more information.

April 9, 2012
Performance of Mistica by Jose R. Lopez, piano. Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival. Symphony Space.

Recent Events - 2011

November 30, 2011
WORLD PREMIERE: Homentage (Homage). Pianist Adam Kent premieres Homentage at Carnegie Hall. León's piece celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Xavier Montsalvatge (1912 - 2002), a Catalan composer greatly influenced by the music of Cuba. Commissioned by The Foundation for Iberian Music at The CUNY Graduate Center, the work will be presented as part of "Spain in America," a concert celebrating Spanish composers working in the U.S. or writing music inspired by the Americas. Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York City. 8 p.m. 212-247-7800. Click here for more information.

October 29, 2011
WORLD PREMIERE: A Tres Voces. Presented as part of the Leaf Peeper Concert Series and commissioned by Clarion Concerts to honor Sanford Allen's 15th year as Music Director, León's string trio will be performed by Sanford Allen on violin, Nokuthula Ngwenyama on viola, and Astrid Schween on cello. St James Church in Chatham, NYC. 7:30 PM. Click here for more information.

October 20, 2011
TANIA LEÓN SPEAKS AT THE "CULTURAL COUNTERPOINTS" CONFERENCE (INDIANA UNIVERSITY)
The conference, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Latin American Music Center, will examine a broad range of topics addressing historical and current musical exchanges between the U.S. and Latin America. León will give a special presentation in collaboration with Ileana Perez-Velazquez on October 20. Abanico for violin and interactive computer will be performed by the Grand Prize Winner of the Latin American Music Center Recording Competition, Colin Sorgi, on the inaugural concert of October 19. Click here for more information.

October 13, 2011
TANIA LEÓN RECEIVES THE "AWARD FOR EXCEPTIONAL LIFELONG SERVICES IN THE UNITED STATES/INTERNATIONALLY" FROM NATION TO NATION NETWORKING.
León will be one of two honorees to receive this award to be given during the Fourth Annual International Diaspora Award Dinner Gala, 'Bridge Building Across Cultures.' Nation to Nation Networkings aims to build bridges across cultures and foster broader understanding among peoples of all nations with special focus on youth education and health education in the United States and internationally. A portion of the proceeds from the Benefit Dinner Gala will be used toward the construction of a Multi-Purpose Resource Center for Youth in Africa.

October 9, 2011
De Memorias, Voices of Change, as part of "Runes and Ritual," the first concert of their 2011-2012 season. Southern Methodist University's Caruth Auditorium at 7:30 PM. Click here for more information.

September 11, 2011
Cuarteto No. 2, The Harlem String Quartet, in a concert presented by the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild as part of their 2010-11 Masters Series. Also on the program are George Walker's Lyrics for Strings (9/11 Commemoration piece). Prokofiev's String Quartet No. 1, and Borodin's String Quartet No. 2. The concert will take place at 3 p.m. in the Fletcher Opera House in Raleigh.  Tickets are available at the guild's office, 919-821-2030 or at www.rcmg.org/

September 2, 2011
"Canto" from Batey, The a capella group The Western Wind will present a Labor Day concert entitled "Songs of Love and Praise," featuring songs of of Solomon, Renaissance Psalm Settings, Judaica, as well as new American music by Elliot Z. Levine, Tania León and Michel Camilo, and César Alejandro Carrillo. www.westernwind.org/laborday.htm

July 28, August 6 and 10 2011
"El Manisero" from Two Cuban Songs, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, conductor Joshua Habermann, as part of the series "Music By and About Celebrated Women (Women as Composers)," Scottish Rite Center, Santa Fe, NM. Also on the program will be works by Judith Cloud, Jennifer Higdon, and a host of other composers, whose music celebrates women throughout the ages, ranging from Biblical leaders to mythological figures to Billie Holiday. www.desertchorale.org/summer_concert.html

June 9 and 11 2011
Rimas Tropicales (text by Carlos Pintado), World Premiere, San Francisco Girls Chorus, San Francisco Conservatory, 50 Oak St., San Francisco, CA. www.sfgirlschorus.org/closing_night2

May 26, 2011
Tania León will speak at the prestigious Mosse Lectures at the University of Humboldt, Berlin. The lecture, Border Crossings, will discuss cultural thresholds in the syncretic evolution of music. Click here for more information.

May 14, 2011
Cuarteto No. 2, World Premiere, the Harlem Quartet, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, NYC. www.symphonyspace.org/event/6500-wall-to-wall-sonidos

May 10 2011, 7:30 PM
Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel, Albany Symphony, Carnegie Hall, NYC. springformusic.com/

March 28, 2011, 7 PM
Alma, New York New Music Ensemble, the Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue, NYC. as.americas-society.org/calevent.php?id=100

March 18, 2011, 11:45 AM -12:15 PM
The piano music of Tania León will be featured at the Ninth Festival of Women Composers, March 17-20 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Gorell Recital Hall. The performance is part of a Lecture-Recital with session chair Jennifer Kelly and pianist Margaret Lucia. iup.edu/music/fwc/default.aspx

March 13, 2011, 8 PM
Two Cuban Songs (Drume Negrita & El Mansiero), Choral Chameleon: "She Sings!" — an evening celebrating the voice of American Women Composers and presented in collaboration with The Hitchcock Institute for Studies in American Music, at The Fourth Universalist Society, 76th and Central Park West, NYC. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/129537

March 9, 2011, 7:30 PM
Four Pieces for Cello, Alison Rowe: Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, University of Wisconsin, Mills Hall, 455 N. Park St., Madison WI. Open to the public www.arts.wisc.edu/events/show/38413

March 7, 2011, 7 PM
Alma, Bradon George (flute) and Roy Hakes (piano), Georgetown University's Dahlgren Chapel, Washington DC. Open to the public.

February 21, 2011, 5:30 PM
Works by Tania León will be performed as part of the second annual Music of Now marathon, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY www.symphonyspace.org/event/6470-the-music-of-now

February 13, 2011, 3 PM
¡Paisanos Semos! and Bailarín, The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society: ¡Duo Caramba!, Settlement Music School, 416 Queen Street, Philadelphia. www.phillyguitar.org/

February 12, 2011, 6 PM
Hebras d' Luz, Martha Mooke, violinist: Puente Sonoro: A Festival of Latin American Musics, presented by the Williams College Department of Music. music.williams.edu/node/1333

February 8, 2011, 7 PM
Philip Glass interviews Tania León on her life and influences. An extraordinary evening of discussion and performances, including selections of León's critically-acclaimed music performed on piano by award-winning pianist Adam Kent.  Presented as part of the 651 Arts' Live and Outspoken 2011 series and taking place at The Mark Morris Dance Center, 3 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn. www.651arts.org/on-stage/event/philip-glass-tania-leon

February 5, 2011, 8 PM
Works by Tania León will be performed as part of the 2011 Festival of Contemporary Art Music at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. libarts.wsu.edu/artmusic/