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Sebastian Zubieta, composer, featured in DMA recital

January 28, 2009

Zubieta has been praised for his “grace and intuition as a composer and conductor”

The Yale School of Music presents composer Sebastian Zubieta in a recital on Thursday, January 29 at 8:00 pm in Sprague Hall, 470 College Street in New Haven.    This performance, which the Argentinian-born Zubieta will conduct, features music for a fascinating variety of ensembles. The program includes Dos canciones for soprano, viola and piano, with texts by Friedrich Nietzsche and Émile Zola; Sub specie æterni; Le pavé des Halles; Ospedali di suoni anemici I (for clarinet and tape) and II (for clarinet and bassoon); CCXCIV for soprano and double bass, with texts by Petrarch; al fondo de esta tumba se ve el mar (2007) for bass clarinet, guitar and double bass; Cor di smalto for piano; and Empty Tigers for mixed choir, tenor and trombone, with text from the Song of Songs. This concert is part of the requirements for Zubieta’s Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Yale School of Music.
Admission to the recital is free. For further information, please visit the School of Music web site at music.yale.edu, or call 203 432-4158.Sebastian Zubieta

The music of Argentinian-born composer Sebastian Zubieta has been performed at concerts and festivals in Argentina, Korea, Europe, and the US.  He received a degree in musicology from the Universidad Católica Argentina in Buenos Aires, where he studied composition with Gerardo Gandini and Mariano Etkin. His teachers at Yale have included Ezra Laderman, Alvin Singleton, and Joseph Schwantner (composition) and Marguerite Brooks (conducting). Sebastian has conducted choirs and vocal groups since 1987; in addition to being assistant conductor for several ensembles in Buenos Aires, he was the conductor of 14 and Cantoría Esquiú. In Argentina, he has taught music history at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, composition at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, and music appreciation at the Centro de Arte y Tecnología. At Yale, he has been a teaching fellow for music appreciation and American popular music in the Department of Music and for hearing and analysis at the School of Music. He has collaborated with the neo-punk trio Los Pirata and with filmmakers such as Darko Lungulov, Don Lenzer and Amala Lane. Zubieta is currently music director of the Americas Society and director of NeitherMusic, a group of players and composers dedicated to the performance and creation of new music.