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Cellist, composer and artist Paul Desenne featured on Fiesta, August 2021

Yopotime by Paul Desenne, oil on canvas. Image courtesy Beautiful Things Curated

Celebrated Venezuelan-born cellist and composer Paul Desenne is also an artist. A series of his paintings on canvas depicting the imaginary scenes of El Dorado is on exhibit in lower Manhattan. We'll hear his music on the Aug 19th broadcast at 10pm.

8/5       Roberto Sierra: Composer Puerto Rican, Roberto Sierra is one of the most important living composers of contemporary classical music.  Sierra’s work draws from the 20th century avant-garde and the 19th century romantic traditions alike, synthesizing his European and Latino influences. We’ve picked some of his favorite pieces from this composer’s vast catalogue, including his Caribbean Rhapsody.    

8/12      Sephardic Music on Both Sides of the Atlantic The songs of the Sephardic Jewish community from Spain that the Spanish monarchy banished from their country along with the Muslims, survives along the Mediterranean coasts as well as in Latin America. Fiesta explores this valuable tradition that flourished despite exile, longing and intolerance.

8/19      Venezuelan Composer Paul Desenne  Paul Desenne’s tri-cultural vantage point on today’s musical world blends anthropological accuracy, conceptual diversity, and musical abstraction in a vast body of work. His music is passionate, often features elaborate constructions in rhythmic counterpoint, and explores the many avenues of Latin American concert-music.

8/26      Latin American Songs Join us for gorgeous melodies, passionate nature, and brilliant composers on a fascinating trip of Latin American song. Included are works by Carlos Guastavino, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and the great tango singer Carlos Garde.