(2004) Música y Músicos de Colombia
Susan Narucki, soprano
New York New Music Ensemble
A native of Colombia, Ms. Potes moved to the USA in 1983. She became involved in the field of composition in 1990 and has established a career as a composer of a subtle, yet energetic and personal style. In her language, there can be perceived rich European influences blended with occasional traces of rhythms and melodic gestures inspired by Colombian and Latin-American traditional music.
Ms. Potes' compositions have been performed by the Montreal Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony of Colombia, Darmstadt 2000 Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, the Symphony Orchestra of Cali, International Alliance for Women in Music, the ISCM in New York, Parnassus, the Composer's Conference at Wellesley College, the Network for New Music, Momenta Quartet, The Stefan Wolpe Society, The New York New Music Ensemble, the Institute for New Music in Freiburg, Germany, the ISCM in Seoul, South Korea and at International Musical Festivals in Germany, México, England, Colombia, Brazil and Venezuela. Her music has been performed by soprano Susan Narucki, pianists David Holztman, Charles Abramovic, and Blair McMiller, saxophonist Marshall Taylor, percussionist Mircea Ardeleanu and violist Stephanie Griffin.
Her orchestral compositions Cantares para Orquesta and Reflexiones were winners of the 2002 New Music Reading Sessions of The Women's Philharmonic in San Francisco and the 1994 Riverside Symphony's First International Composers Reading Project in New York. Ms. Potes is a winner of 2001-2002 Music of Changes Composer Competition in Los Angeles that included a concert dedicated to her music. The recording of her composition Entre Arrullos y Madrigales, performed by soprano Susan Narucki and the New York New Music Ensemble has been recently released by the Banco de la Republica of Colombia as part of its collection Música y Músicos de Colombia.
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".
Ms. Potes has received commissions from, among others, the Ministry of Culture of Colombia, Music of Changes, the Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts in Philadelphia, Colombia's Luis Angel Arango Recital Hall/Banco de la República, Office of Academic Affairs of Hostos Community College and consecutive ASCAP awards (1998-2008). Celebrating Women's Month in March 2006, the Latin American Cultural Center of Queens and the Women's Council of New York recognized her for her outstanding achievements as a composer. Her music is published by the Ministry of Culture of Colombia and Hildegard Publishing Company. She holds a DMA in Composition from Temple University where she studied composition with Matthew Greenbaum, Maurice Wright and Ursula Mamlok. Ms. Potes teaches at The Mannes College of Music, College Preparatory Division in New York.
For more information see www.albapotes.com