Alba L. Potes

Biography

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Ms. Potes, was born in Cali, Colombia and moved to the USA in 1983. She began composing music in 1990 when she was 35 years old and has established a career as a composer with a subtle, yet energetic and personal style. In her style one notes rich European influences blended with occasional traces of rhythms and melodic gestures inspired by Latin-American traditional music. Ms. Potes is the Artistic Director and Founder of the music series Las Américas en Concierto (americasenconcierto.org).

Recently she received a commission from the acclaimed choral ensemble Cantori NY for Pedro Páramo. The hour-long cantata for narrator, tenor, baritone, mixed chorus and four instruments was conducted by Mark Shapiro with guest artists Peter Tantsits, tenor, Dan Kempson, baritone and Alfonso Díaz, narrator.

Her most recent orchestral performances include the performance of Reflexiones by the Lucidity Chamberistas, a Queens-based string orchestra, the world premiere at Carnegie Hall of Tukanos for guitar and chamber orchestra played by Nilko Andreas Guarín and the Azlo Orchestra conducted by Vince Lee, the world premiere of Cantares para Orquesta by the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Venezuela (XVI Festival de Música Latinoamericana) conducted by German Cáceres and El Salvador premiere of Cantares para Orquesta by the National Symphony of El Salvador (IV Festival Internacional de Música Contemporánea) conducted by Alfredo Rugeles.

Ms. Potes' compositions have been performed by the Montreal Chamber Orchestra, the National Symphony of Colombia, the Symphony Orchestra of Cali, Darmstadt 2000 Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, 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, Ensamble CG (Colombia), 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 the International Musical Festivals in England, Colombia, Brazil, El Salvador, Germany, Mexico, Argentina and Venezuela. Her music has been performed by, among others, soprano Susan Narucki, violist Stephanie Griffin, pianists David Holzman, Martha Marchena, Ana Cervantes, Charles Abramovic and Blair MacMillen, flutist Sue Ann Kahn, Peter Sheridan and Sato Moughalian, guitarist William Anderson and Oren Fader, saxophonist Marshall Taylor and percussionist Mircea Ardeleanu.

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 has received commissions, among others, from the Ministry of Culture of Colombia, Music of Changes, Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts, Colombia's Luis Angel Arango Recital Hall/Banco de la República, Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music and the Office of Academic Affairs of Hostos Community College.

She holds a DMA in composition from Temple University and studied composition with Matthew Greenbaum, Ursula Mamlok and Maurice Wright. Ms. Potes teaches at Mannes College The New School for Music College Preparatory Division.

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