SCENE: New ALIAS record “worth the wait”

We just received a great review by John Pitcher in The Nashville Scene for our new record, Hilos, and we couldn’t be more excited about the positive press. Here is an excerpt of the article, which is available on newstands or at Nashvillescene.com.

The Alias Chamber Ensemble is arguably the most venturesome classical music group in Nashville. Since its founding in 2002, this outstanding virtuoso ensemble has presented nearly a dozen world-premiere performances. Its wide-ranging programs, moreover, feature everything from little-known Renaissance-era pieces to contemporary works that seemingly owe more to rap than to Rachmaninoff.

Just about the only place Alias hasn’t ventured with its music is the recording studio. At least, that was the case until last month, when Alias released its first album, a CD on the Naxos label devoted to the music of Gabriela Lena Frank.

A California-based composer and pianist, Frank, 38, finds inspiration for her music in her multicultural background. Her mother is a Peruvian of Chinese descent and her father is an American of Lithuanian-Jewish heritage. Not surprisingly, Frank drew on Peru’s rich musical culture to compose three of the four works on Alias’ new CD. The fourth piece pays homage to Cervantes’ 17th century Spanish novelĀ The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha.

Without question, the most ambitious piece on the disc isĀ Hilos…

For the full review at Nashvillescene.com, CLICK HERE.