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New Mexico Contemporary Ensemble with Nathan Russell
August 6, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The New Mexico Contemporary Ensemble aims to bring the music of the past century’s most prolific and creative composers to the audiences of New Mexico. By commissioning and programming modern classical music of the Americas, we present an assortment of artistic landscapes that will continue to resonate within the diverse culture of the southwest. Through a concert series in the summer months and collaborations with active composers and New Mexico’s arts community, we hope to challenge and expand our audiences’ conception of classical music.
Dalton enjoys music of all varieties and performs music from the baroque repertory to the modern avant garde. Classically trained on alto, tenor, and bass trombone as well as having studied tenor and bass sackbut in the United States, France, and Italy, he regularly performs with New Music New Mexico (University of New Mexico) and the San Juan Symphony (Durango, Colorado). Dalton is a graduate student at the University of New Mexico where he is currently completing his masters in Trombone Performance. Dalton is interested by the parallels between the music of modern composers and composers of the Renaissance and Baroque eras, while also thoroughly enjoying performing music of the Classical and Romantic periods on period and modern instruments.
Clara is a fan of exotic and complex sounds- from atonal music to modal folk music of Eastern Europe. Classically trained on clarinet and piano, she performs regularly in New Music New Mexico and other chamber ensembles at the University of New Mexico, where she is a graduate student in Clarinet Performance and Musicology. Clara finds herself at home in the puzzles and colors of contemporary classical music, but also has a love for folk dance music- particularly klezmer, Balkan and contra dance music. She has an active performance schedule throughout Albuquerque and Santa Fe, which can be found on her website: http://www.clarabyom.com.
Nathan Russell has been performing and recording music for 22+ years. In 2015, Nathan released his first solo CD of percussion music titled “Fragments & Pieces”. Nathan has performed with acts such as The Sound and the Fury, David Cook (American Idol) and in the Marimba Festival Orchestra (the world’s largest marimba ensemble). Nathan also has recording credits with acts such as Ryan Adams, Heather Eatman and Robert Cray, among others.