For the month, I alternated between the three countries. Here are my posts for the fourth and fifth week of #NAFTAclassics.
Rui Shi Zhuo (Canadian, 1956 - ) - Symphonic Poem The Night of Ancient Kingdom ShuRui Shi Zhuo was born in China and emigrated to Canada in his thirties. He's active both as a conductor and composer and has written for film as well. His music draws on the instruments and traditions of his Chinese heritage, reinterpreted through Western classical music.
Victor Rasgado (Mexican, 1959 - ) - QuetzaltepecRasgado is one of the most prominent Mexican composers of his generation. His music is performed extensively both in Mexico and abroad. He's best known for his operas, which tend to feature Mexican stories and fables.
Mohammed Fairouz (American, 1985 - ) - The Named AngelsFairouz often uses his Middle Eastern heritage as a starting point for his music. His first opera was based on an Egyptian play, his current opera has a Pakistani libretto. "The Named Angels" depict the angels of Persian mythology.
Linda Catlin Smith (Canadian, 1957 - ) - thought and DesireSmith was born in New York City and moved to Toronto in 1981. Smith's primarily inspired by painters and writers. In addition to a catalog of music for modern ensembles, Smith has also written works for early instruments.
Javier Álvarez (Mexican, 1956 - ) - Metro ChabacanoWhile Alvarez incorporates native musical traditions into his music, he also draws from other cultures. Alvarez sometimes uses non-traditional instruments, like the Korean kayagum and Caribbean steel pans, in his work. He also has a large catalog of electroacoustic music, and an award-winning film score for "Cronos."
Kamran Ince (American, 1960 - ) - Concerto for Orchestra, Turkish Instruments, and VoicesTurkish-American composer Kamran Ince was born in Montana and studied in Turkey with Muammer Sun. After returning to the states, he studied with Joseph Schwantner and Christopher Rouse, among others. Ince's music combines Persian musical traditions with Western forms. His catalog currently includes five symphonies and a piano concerto.