We’re honored, flattered and very, very pleased to announce that the Nashville Scene newspaper is featuring ALIAS on the front cover of its Fall Guide, along with in-depth and beautifully-written article about the upcoming Oct. 1 performance of Hilos by ALIAS and Gabriela Lena Frank. Please, pick up a copy and read the story by Scene writer Russell Johnston, which includes photography by Scene photographer Eric England. For the full story at Nashvillescene.com and all the photos, CLICK HERE. Here is an excerpt, followed by several of England’s photos:
So a Peruvian-American, a violinist, a cellist, a sociologist and a philosopher walk into a bar. Stop me if you’ve heard this one.
No? Well that’s not surprising, since it’s not actually a joke. The Peruvian-American is up-and-coming classical composer, Guggenheim Fellow and Latin Grammy winner Gabriela Lena Frank, who’s written commissioned works for many high-profile performers, including Dawn Upshaw and Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. Violinist Zeneba Bowers is the founder and artistic director of music cooperative Alias Chamber Ensemble, and cellist Matt Walker is the group’s executive director. The sociologist and philosopher are Jennifer Lena and Jonathan Neufeld, co-leaders of Vanderbilt’s “Music, Community and Authority” project.
This motley crew wound up sipping craft beer at Bosco’s on a hot August evening because they’re taking a dinner break after a long day’s work on an ambitious and inventive project: Alias, the city’s most daring chamber music group, has enlisted support from Vanderbilt and the storied Schubert Club of St. Paul, Minn., to commission, perform and record an exciting new work by Frank for clarinet, violin, cello and piano called Hilos. (They also recorded it for a Naxos CD.) Not only is the news sure to boost national awareness of Nashville’s classical music scene, but the commission process also fosters unique opportunities for community involvement. Hilos debuts Oct. 1 at the Blair School of Music.
Gabriela Lena Frank practices Hilos:
ALIAS members Lee Levine and Matt Walker practice for the Oct. 1 performance:
Hilos sheet music: