Heard In Havana

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Label: INNOVA
Catalog: INN990
Format: COMPACT DISC

Third Sound Ensemble, The

Third Sound, hailed as a “forward-looking, expert ensemble” (The New Yorker), presents its debut album, Heard in Havana, featuring music by ten living American composers. In November 2015, the American Composers Forum (ACF) sent Third Sound and a delegation of ten composers to Havana, Cuba, to present a program of contemporary American music at the Havana Contemporary Music Festival. The program, presented in Havana’s eighteenth-century Basílicia Menor de San Francisco de Asís, offered a unique snapshot of the vitality and diversity of the contemporary American musical landscape. The concert moreover represented an historic occasion: against the sociopolitical backdrop of normalizing relations between the United States and Cuba, Third Sound presented the first concert entirely comprising contemporary American music, and with all composers in attendance, to take place in Cuba since before the Cuban Revolution. Heard in Havana documents Third Sound’s Cuba residency, presenting the works performed at the Havana Contemporary Music Festival—music by Kati Agócs, Ingrid Arauco, Kai-Young Chan, Cindy Cox, Jeremy Gill, Michael Harrison, Jennifer Higdon, Christopher Wendell Jones, Amadeus Regucera, and Spencer Topel—all written since 2001 and representing a diverse group of composers from across the United States. The album encompasses a broad spectrum of modern musical aesthetics, reflecting the dynamism of American composition in the twenty-first century.

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