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Diversity has value far exceeding obligation.

When the Chicago-based chamber ensemble Black Moon Trio was formed in 2022, the group vowed to ally with underrepresented composers and champion their works. Staying true to their mission, Black Moon Trio’s first two seasons brought collaborations with musical, cultural, educational, and community organizations to design and premiere five unique concert programs that prominently featured BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) composers, including four commissions. Principle is the collection of these efforts and serves as a statement of personal activism for Black Moon Trio.

With the release of Principle, Black Moon Trio takes listeners on an eclectic musical adventure with nods to the traditional and the contemporary. These world-premiere recordings capture the lived experiences of composers of color and range from Baroque European dances reimagined in Latin styles, new settings of Native folk songs, to musical responses to poetry. In addition to the varied styles and themes explored in the compositions, these six composers have revamped the sonic identity of the horn, violin, and piano trio beyond the Romantic flavor which most audiences are familiar.

Black Moon Trio is tremendously proud of this collection of music and the connections they continue to foster with these phenomenal composers. It is their hope that audiences perceive how fruitful the classical music experience can be beyond the conventional canon and that their auditory appetites continue to seek a rich and dynamic palate.

Program

75 minutes

Marc Mellits: Black Moon (2024)

  1. New Moon

  2. Selene & Cynthia

  3. Blue Moon

  4. Eos

  5. Supermoon

  6. Dark Moon

  7. Red Moon

 

Jerod Impichcha̱achaaha' Tate: Oshta (2017, arr. 2024)

Natalia Camargo Duarte: With Eyelids Shut (2023)

José Elizondo: Estampas Mexicanas (1995, arr. 2024)

  1. Ferial

  2. Danza del Pájaro Sagrado

  3. Teotlalli

 

Miguel del Aguila: Barroqueada (2020, arr. 2022)

  1. Preludio en Candombe

  2. Pavana

  3. Milonga

  4. Samba Corrente

  5. Pasapié

  6. Sarabanda Rota

  7. Tango Intermezzo

  8. Jiga Frenética

 

Jeff Scott: Un Abrazo para Sharon (2005)

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