Mario Diaz de Leon on Afternoon New Music
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 3:00pm
Tune into Afternoon New Music this Wednesday, March 28th at 3:00 pm ET to listen to a conversation and music by Mario Diaz de Leon. Diaz de Leon will talk about his recent compositions including his new album "Sanctuary". This program will be in anticipation of Diaz de Leon's album release show at Roulette NYC on April 3rd, where TAK Ensemble and Rebekkah Heller will perform his pieces "Labrys" and "Sanctuary".
Mario Diaz de Leon is a composer, performer, and educator, whose work encompasses modern classical music, experimental electronic music, extreme metal, and improvised music. Noted for their bold combination of acoustic instruments and electronics, his compositions have been documented on many recordings, often produced in collaboration with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). Current projects include the metal band Luminous Vault (Profound Lore Records), and Bloodmist, a trio devoted to electroacoustic improvisation with Jeremiah Cymerman and Toby Driver. Born in Minnesota, he has lived in in New York City since 2004, and received his doctorate in music composition from Columbia University in 2013, where he studied with George Lewis and Fabien Levy.
TAK is a quintet that delivers energetic and virtuosic performances of contemporary classical music. Their debut album Ecstatic Music: TAK plays Taylor Brook was released by New Focus Recordings in September 2016, to critical acclaim. Dedicated to the commissioning of new works and direct collaboration with composers and other artists, TAK promotes ambitious programming at the highest level, fostering engagement both within the contemporary music community and the artistic community at large.
Praised for her “flair” and “deftly illuminated” performances by The New York Times, bassoonist Rebekah Heller is a uniquely dynamic solo and collaborative chamber artist, and is fiercely committed to expanding the modern repertoire for the bassoon. Her debut solo album of world premiere recordings (featuring five new pieces written with and for her), 100 names, was called “pensive and potent” by The New York Times and her newly-released second album, METAFAGOTE, is receiving wide acclaim.