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I do not use the word masterpiece lightly, but in my opinion, these three works all qualify as such, and I am confident they will be performed a hundred years from now. I will come back to this CD repeatedly to savor its endless delights. If you buy just one contemporary CD this year, this is a strong contender for the honor. --Fanfare Magazine, David DeBoor Canfield
Michael Colina, of Cuban descent, is a multiple GRAMMY® winning composer and producer who is based in New York with deep musical roots in his father's homeland. Colina embraces classical, jazz, and Latin music, often in engaging and distinctive combinations that display his love of the diversity of his musical influences. As a youth, he traveled between the U.S. and Cuba. Exposed to Latin music, soul and gospel from the south, and classical music, he discovered that he loved it all. After studying composition at the North Carolina School of Arts with Vittorio Giannini, Louis Mennini, and Robert Ward, he studied further in Sienna, Italy with Thomas Pasatieri and Roman Vlad, and was the first recipient of the Vittorio Giannini Memorial Scholarship award. Arriving in New York City and needing to make a living, he turned to jazz. Colina explained: "Classical music satisfied my intellectual side, but jazz was free, revolutionary, radical; it spoke to my bad-boy side." The orchestral suite "Los Caprichos," composed mostly in response to the atrocities of Abu Ghraib, is a riot of colors, rhythms, sounds, and moods that reflects his background in classical, jazz, soul, and Latin music. I can't decide whether I like it or not. The guitar concerto is lyrical and pleasantly flavored with Hispanic rhythms and styles, and very much in the spirit of post-Romantic Hispanic guitar concertos such as those by Rodrigo, Moreno-Torroba, Ponce, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, and Villa-Lobos. Definitely a winner - I enjoyed listening to it. The violin concerto is very modern sounding, markedly less lyrical than the guitar concerto, although [to my ears] tonal, and it contains some interesting chords.Read more ›
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