Gabriel Cabezas, violin
Alexandra Mascolo-David, piano
Juan-Miguel Hernandez, viola
Rúbia Santos, piano
Every year the Sphinx Competition, held in Detroit, offers young Black and Latino classical string players a chance to compete under the guidance of an internationally renowned panel of judges and to perform with established professional musicians in an encouraging setting.
Cabezas, a cellist from the Chicago area, is the First Prize Laureate of the Junior Division of the 2006 Sphinx National Competition. Hernandez, the Gold Achievement winner of the Senior Division, is a native of Montreal, Canada and the violist for the Harlem Quartet.
Moyugba Orisha is a musical rendition of the way that culture can be expressed through music. Many of the pieces such as "La Revuelta Circular," have Latin roots. The composer, Claudia Calderón, describes this piece as "the resonance of sounds from ethnic harps," combining cultures from Madagascar and the central regions of Venezuela.
Several of the recordings are world premieres, including the title work and Japanese-American composer Paul Chihara's Sonata for Viola and Piano. Accompanying Cabezas and Hernandez on the release are CMU faculty members Alexandra Mascolo-David and Rúbia Santos. Both pianists contribute culturally to the album, Mascolo-David hailing from Portugual and Santos from Brazil.
Alejandro Cardona: Moyugba Orisha - Elegguá Alá Lu Banché
Alejandro Cardona: Moyugba Orisha - Obbañá
Alejandro Cardona: Moyugba Orisha - Asesún Yemayá
Alberto Ginastera: Triste
Astor Piazzolla: Milonga en Re
Aldemaro Romero: Suite for Cello and Piano: Golpe Con Fandango
Astor Piazzolla: Oblivion
Joaquin Gutiérrez: Canción en el Puerto
Francisco Mignone: Modinha
Heitor Villa-Lobos: O Canto do Cysne Negro (Song of the Black Swan)
Claudia Calderón: La Revuelta Circular - Preludio
Claudia Calderón: La Revuelta Circular - Revuelta
Paul Chihara: Sonata para Viola e Piano - Allegro Amabile
Paul Chihara: Sonata para Viola e Piano - Tempo di Menuetto
Edmundo Villani-Côrtes: Sonata para Viola e Piano - Moderato
Edmundo Villani-Côrtes: Sonata para Viola e Piano - Lento
Edmundo Villani-Côrtes: Sonata para Viola e Piano - Allegro