Aperio presents Onda Nueva
Aperio, Music of the Americas kicks off its 2019-2020 concert season with Onda Nueva - Caribbean Currents in Latin-American Music, a program celebrating music from Venezuela, Cuba, and the United States. This program marks the beginning of Aperio’s 14th concert season in Houston.
Celebrated Venezuelan composer, arranger, and band leader Aldemaro Romero is recognized the world over as the creator of Venezuelan onda nueva - a musical style that ingeniously combined influences of his native joropo with Brazilian bossa nova and an eclectic array of other regional elements. Similarly, Cuba’s own Paquito D’Rivera explores a playful combination of musical influences from the Caribbean and beyond, layering traditional, jazz, and free improvisation styles.
Remarkable works by Romero and D’Rivera are set in context against impressionistic songs by Emilio Vicente de Sojo and the folk and popular music of Paul Desenne. The late Robert Avalon’s homage to Puerto Rican poet Julia de Burgos, scored for soprano, winds, strings and piano rounds out the program.