Tumbaos

Tumbaos for orchestra (2007)
Commissioned and premiered by the Syracuse University Symphony Orchestra, James Welsch, conductor.

The two main musical ideas of Tumbaos are derived from a a series of short impromptu works, Divertimenti, that I composed during the summer of 2006 in California and Colombia. The first idea, a fanfare, opens and closes the piece with a prominent participation of the percussion and the brass. The second idea is based on a number of rhythmic patters from Afro-Cuban music (Bembé) and Colombian music (merengue Colombiano). These patterns or ‘tumbaos’ are presented in different intrumental combinations while they are also constantly transformed and developed in a sequence of multi-layered textures. Tumbaos was commissioned by James Welsch and is dedicated to my partner David.

James Welsch and Diego Vega after the premiere of Tumbaos in Syracuse

James Welsch and Diego Vega after the premiere of Tumbaos in Syracuse

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This recording: Syracuse University Symphony Orchestra, James Welsch, conductor

Orchestration: [2-2-2-2][4-2-2-1][timp-4 perc][piano][strings]

Duration: 4’30 min.