Alba L Potes

Alba L Potes

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Ms. Potes was born in Cali, Colombia and moved to the USA in 1983. She began composing music in 1990 when she was 35 years old and has established a career as a composer with a subtle, yet energetic and personal style. In her style one notes rich European influences blended with occasional traces of rhythms and melodic gestures inspired by Latin-American traditional music.
Her compositions have been performed by the Montreal Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony of Colombia, the Symphony Orchestra of Cali, National Philharmonic Orchestra of Venezuela (XVI Festival de Música Latinoamericana), the National Symphony of El Salvador (IV Festival Internacional de Música Contemporánea), Azlo Orchestra, (NYC), Cantori New York, Darmstadt 2000 Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik,Vox n Plux, International Alliance for Women in Music, the ISCM in New York, Parnassus, the Network for New Music, Momenta Quartet, The New York New Music Ensemble, the Institute for New Music in Freiburg, Germany, the ISCM in Seoul, South Korea and music festivals in Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, México, El Salvador and Colombia.
Ms. Potes began her musical studies at the Conservatorio Antonio Maria Valencia in Cali, her hometown. She received a Bachelor of Arts in music theory, a Master of Music in composition and a Doctor of Musical Arts in composition from Temple University where she studied with Matthew Greenbaum, Ursula Mamlok and Maurice Wright.
The New York Times has described her composition, Canciones Nocturnas, as songs that "limn nocturnal shadows exquisitely and are the very soul of brevity" and Cánticos para Cinco as a composition of "calmly weaving counterpoint, undulant dance rhythms, and elegant atonal harmonies".
She has received commissions from the Ministry of Culture of Colombia, Cantori New York, Independent Foundation, Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music, Sala Luis Angel Arango/Banco de la República of Colombia and Music of Changes, among others.
She is presently working on her opera Comala based on the book Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo.
Ms. Potes is the Artistic Director and founder of the concert series Las Américas en Concierto (www.americasenconcierto.org). She teaches at The New School Mannes College Preparatory Division, Pratt Institute and Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY.

Tres piezas breves

Composer: Alba Potes

Description: Tres Piezas Breves for piano was written for and performed by Charles Abramovic in collaboration with Las Américas en Concierto.

Video URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUqBNeVtJFw


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Oleajes (Waves)

Composer: Alba Potes

Description: Oleajes (Waves) was commissioned by the Independence Foundation and is dedicated to and performed by the Momenta Quartet.

Video URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5-E4Bt_tdE


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Tres Instrumentos para un Tema Obstinado

Composer: Alba Potes

Description: A concert performance of Tres Instrumentos by Alba Potes

Video URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0uSJxj3vZk


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BIOGRAPHY
Ms. Potes was born in Cali, Colombia and moved to the USA in 1983. She began composing music in 1990 when she was 35 years old and has established a career as a composer with a subtle, yet energetic and personal style. In her style one notes rich European influences blended with occasional traces of rhythms and melodic gestures inspired by Latin-American traditional music.
Her compositions have been performed by the Montreal Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony of Colombia, the Symphony Orchestra of Cali, National Philharmonic Orchestra of Venezuela (XVI Festival de Música Latinoamericana), the National Symphony of El Salvador (IV Festival Internacional de Música Contemporánea), Azlo Orchestra, (NYC), Cantori New York, Darmstadt 2000 Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik,Vox n Plux, International Alliance for Women in Music, the ISCM in New York, Parnassus, the Network for New Music, Momenta Quartet, The New York New Music Ensemble, the Institute for New Music in Freiburg, Germany, the ISCM in Seoul, South Korea and music festivals in Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, México, El Salvador and Colombia.
Ms. Potes began her musical studies at the Conservatorio Antonio Maria Valencia in Cali, her hometown. She received a Bachelor of Arts in music theory, a Master of Music in composition and a Doctor of Musical Arts in composition from Temple University where she studied with Matthew Greenbaum, Ursula Mamlok and Maurice Wright.
The New York Times has described her composition, Canciones Nocturnas, as songs that "limn nocturnal shadows exquisitely and are the very soul of brevity" and Cánticos para Cinco as a composition of "calmly weaving counterpoint, undulant dance rhythms, and elegant atonal harmonies".
She has received commissions from the Ministry of Culture of Colombia, Cantori New York, Independent Foundation, Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music, Sala Luis Angel Arango/Banco de la República of Colombia and Music of Changes, among others.
She is presently working on her opera Comala based on the book Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo.
Ms. Potes is the Artistic Director and founder of the concert series Las Américas en Concierto (www.americasenconcierto.org). She teaches at The New School Mannes College Preparatory Division, Pratt Institute and Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY.
COMPOSITIONS
CDs
VIDEOS

Tres piezas breves

Composer: Alba Potes

Description: Tres Piezas Breves for piano was written for and performed by Charles Abramovic in collaboration with Las Américas en Concierto.

Video URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUqBNeVtJFw


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Oleajes (Waves)

Composer: Alba Potes

Description: Oleajes (Waves) was commissioned by the Independence Foundation and is dedicated to and performed by the Momenta Quartet.

Video URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5-E4Bt_tdE


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Tres Instrumentos para un Tema Obstinado

Composer: Alba Potes

Description: A concert performance of Tres Instrumentos by Alba Potes

Video URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0uSJxj3vZk


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