Pacho Flores premieres the Concierto Mambí, trumpet concerto No. 1, by the Cuban composer Igmar Alderete with the Córdoba Orchestra and its Chief Conductor, Carlos Domínguez-Nieto. It will be at the Gran Teatro de Córdoba on June 16 and 17, 2022 and the program also includes the Concierto de Otoño by Arturo Márquez. Concerto No. 1, Mambí, for trumpet and orchestra, composed in 2010 for trumpet in B flat, revised between 2021 and 2022 and specially adapted for Pacho Flores and the variety of four-piston instruments he uses: trumpet in C, flugelhorn , high cornet in A, trumpet in B flat and piccolo trumpet in D. With a marked chamber character and reduced orchestration, its melodic and harmonic treatment is transparent, requiring great precision and balance. In the richness and rhythmic variety is where the author exposes with greater clarity the fundamentals of the concert, entitled Mambí (rebellious slave who fought against Spanish colonialism in the 19th century), it is a work of great virtuosity for the soloist, brilliant passages and difficulty technique, at the same time of deep expressiveness and lyricism in its second movement to the rhythm of Bolero in its central part, two cadenzas and moments of freedom for improvisation.
Igmar Alderete is a total musician, composer, classical and jazz violinist and arranger, born in Havana, Cuba, in 1969, he has been a violinist with the Córdoba Orchestra since 1994. His music gathers feelings and experiences that integrate new sonorities of great richness rhythmic, in a syncretism of resources that clearly reflects its roots: Afro-Cuban music, contemporary art music and popular music. Within its extensive catalog, his two concerts for marimba stand out, both premiered by Carolina Alcaraz, Concert No. 1 for clarinet, La Leyenda del Cimarrón, Nostalgia del Sur, Symphony No. 1 Influences, commissioned by the AEOS author foundation and the Córdoba Orchestra, directed by Manuel Hernández Silva, Esquemas Rotos or Bailando con arcos. His production of chamber music is also prolific with works such as Sones de America, for marimba, vibraphone and string quartet, Desafío concertante, for violin and saxophone quartet, the Suite Mosaico, for vibraphone, string quintet and piano, Introducción y Guajira for clarinet and string quartet, Aires del Sur, for solo clarinet, quartets, trios, etc. Soloists such as Paquito D’Rivera, Matthias Schorn, Vasko Vassiliev, Carolina Alcaraz, Katarzyna Mycka, Javier Nandayapa, Cuarteto de La Habana or the Trio Brouwer have premiered and recorded their works in forums such as the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, Lincoln Center in New York , Cycle of Contemporary Music of Córdoba, Poland or Mexico.
This is the last of the lavish series of premieres that Pacho Flores has carried out throughout the course that is ending. The season began with the London premiere of Invocation, by Eleanor Alberga; in Bilbao he offered the premieres of the concerts by Arturo Sandoval and Arturo Márquez in their version for band, whose arrangements he himself made; the first premiere of Historias de Flores y Tangos by Daniel Freiberg with the Oviedo Filarmonía and Lucas Macías took place in Oviedo; then he premiered the Concerto Venezolano by Paquito D’Rivera in the United Kingdom with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Domingo Hindoyan, which shortly after had its Spanish premiere by Manuel Hernández-Silva and the Valencia Orchestra and later closed its cycle with the US premiere with the San Diego Symphony and Rafael Payare. Shortly after, the Brazilian premiere of Salseando, by Roberto Sierra, with the OSESP and Carlos Miguel Prieto took place, the cycle of which closed just a few days ago with the French premiere with the Orchestre National de Bordeaux and, once again, Manuel Hernández-Silva. Previously he had premiered his own flugelhorn concerto, Albares, with the Tenerife Symphony and Christian Vásquez; and, although on this occasion as a conductor and not as a soloist, he premiered with the Murcia Region Symphony the Concierto del Mar, for four Venezuelans and orchestra, by Leo Rondón, with the author in the solo part. In total, there are eleven premieres throughout the season, which continue this summer with the American premiere of Historias de Flores y Tangos, by Freiberg, with the Minería orchestra and Prieto, together with which he will also present his latest recording release in Deutsche Grammophon. Next season the two remaining premieres of Freiberg will take place, with the Arctic Philharmonic of Norway and Hernández-Silva, and the Walla Walla Symphony and Yaacov Bergman; and the process of premiering the new concert by Gabriela Ortiz begins, with the Spanish and British premieres, the Galician Symphony and Hernández-Silva and Royal Liverpool and Domingo Hindoyan respectively, orchestras for which he will be Artist-in-Residence throughout the season. This summer he will also be a resident artist at La Virée Classique, the festival of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, where he will offer three concerts, two as a soloist under the baton of Rafael Payare and another as a soloist-conductor leading the brass and percussion ensemble of the festival.