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16 Apr


Zia: Myth and Folklore from New Mexico

April 16, 2013 | By |


This Friday, Ill be giving a lecture recital on my newest work for solo guitar: Zia: Myth and Folklore from New Mexico. The set is a collection of concert etudes whose pedagogical and musical focus is timbre and extended techniques guitar.

The event is free and open to the public.
April 19th, 4-5 pm
MRH 2.614
Butler School of Music
University of Texas, Austin

“Zia” is a symbol for the sun: a red circle with groups of rays pointing in four directions. The symbol comes from the Zia tribe from New Mexico and was adopted as the state flag in 1925. As a New Mexico native, I grew up with the Spanish and Native American folklore and mythology integral to the cultural landscape of this state. When I began writing etudes on extended techniques and timbre, I found a sympathetic relationship between this exotic sound palette and the frequently fantastical elements in New Mexican folklore and myth. Therefore, I have associated each etude with a specific myth or folkloric story. Although the pieces can exist without this association, it is my hope that the programmatic reference will empower a general audience to engage in a contemporary musical language and also to keep these narratives alive in modern consciousness.

The work is in seven movements:
I. La Loba
II. Pedro and Diablo
III. La Llorona
IV. Kokopelli
V. Hawikuh
VI. Coyote
VII. Zozobra