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William Kraft Encounters


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“These works serve for Kraft the way the string quartet did for Beethoven or Shostakovich, as a kind of autobiography in chamber music...a monument both to Kraft and the world of percussion”
– Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times

“No one with the slightest interest in the music of our time can afford to be without this cornerstone of American chamber music.”
– Jim Svejda, KUSC Monthly Newsletter

“An epic body of work comparable to Berio’s Sequenzas”
– Richard Ginell, American Record Guide


Celebrating the 85th birthday of William Kraft, one of America’s most important composers and percussionists, GRAMMY®-winning Southwest Chamber Music, the Tambuco Percussion Ensemble of Mexico and Cambria Master Recordings are proud to announce the release of a major survey of Kraft’s Encounters. This new three-CD release celebrates the 25th recording of Southwest Chamber Music and fills a major gap in the recorded discography of American music.

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SOUTHWEST CHAMBER MUSIC will celebrate a transformative season in 2009-2010 as international cultural ambassador for the United States. The U.S. State Department selected our ensemble from a highly competitive field to produce the Ascending Dragon Festival and Cultural Exchange from March to May 2010, the most significant musical cultural exchange between Vietnam and the United States in the history of the two nations. Ascending Dragon will involve six weeks of performances in Hanoi, Saigon, and Los Angeles, with performances at the Hanoi Opera House and the Vietnam National Academy of Music in Hanoi, the Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory in Saigon, the Zipper Hall at The Colburn and the Armory Center for the Arts in Los Angeles and Pasadena.

In December 2009, Southwest Chamber Music will travel to Mexico, representing our country at the Guadalajara FIL Arts Festival, a festival produced alongside the world’s largest Spanish book fair. Guadalajara invites one host country each year, which this year features arts organizations from Los Angeles representing the United States. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, Southwest Chamber Music is the only classical music organization of the 16 Los Angeles arts organizations selected. We will reunite with the Tambuco Percussion Ensemble of Mexico city in a concert of American and Mexican music.
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GRAMMY-nominated TAMBUCO PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE was founded in 1993 by four distinguished Mexican musicians and is considered one of the most important percussion ensembles today. Tambuco has received many distinctions and prizes from cultural organizations in Mexico and abroad. They have performed in the USA (Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center), Tokyo (Ino Hall), London (Barbican Center), Paris and Montpellier (Festival de Radio France), Lisbon (Festival dos Cern Dias and Expo ’98), Shanghai Festival (2006) plus concerts in Spain, Germany, Italy, Cuba, Colombia, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Venezuela, Canada, India, Egypt, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, as well as practically all the concert halls of Mexico.
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