Written for and premiered by Alarm Will Sound for the Missouri International Composers Festival 2014.
For this piece, I went out of my comfort zone and decided to do something I had never done before (but always wanted to do) to write something that had a Latin vibe in the music, not as a suggestion but something direct and frontal. Dancing is a huge part of almost all population in Latin America, I was born and raised in Cali, Colombia “The Salsa Capital of the World,” so this genre was already in my system.
I believe that popular music is as important as classical music and part of the challenge is to work around the border lines amongst them. This is an intimidating exercise, but after this process, I was left with a wider and more fresh palette of compositional resources.