The 2017-18 Music in Corrales season gets off to a spectacular start with Latin America’s most successful brass quintet, M5 Mexican Brass, and two multi-Grammy nominees, Rahim AlHaj and Tierney Sutton! The first three concerts will be Sunday afternoons at the Old San Ysidro Church. Tickets are available now at Frame-n-Art, 3563 Corrales Road or online at www.brownpapertickets.com.
M5 MEXICAN BRASS
Sunday, September 10, 2017 – 3:00 p.m.
Music in Corrales opens its 31st season with M5 Mexican Brass, the internationally renowned quintet. The group has been compared to groups as different as Canadian Brass and the Blues Brothers. While virtuoso performances of classical offerings are definitely on the program, that is just a fraction of what you will hear from this Mexico-based ensemble consisting of two trumpets, a trombone, a French horn, and a tuba.
The band’s eclectic program at the Old Church will range from Bach to Bernstein, McCartney, Piazzolla, folk songs and blues. Combining their skills at virtuosic chamber music in all styles, non-stop interaction with the audience, inborn showmanship, inimitable Latin American charm, and their very own sound, M5 concerts are unique musical-theatrical concert experiences.
A large percentage of M5’s activities are dedicated to education. In the last eight years the dynamic quintet has performed more than 500 concerts for approximately 200,000 children in Mexico, the United States and Canada. During their visit to Corrales, M5 Mexican Brass will provide educational programs at Corrales Elementary School and at V. Sue Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho.
THE RAHIM ALHAJ TRIO
Sunday, October 29, 2017 – 3:00 p.m.
The Rahim AlHaj Trio brings together three wonderfully inventive and skilled Middle Eastern musicians, in performance of music that delicately combines traditional Iraqi maqams with contemporary styling and influence. The Trio consists of Rahim AlHaj on oud, Sourena Sefati on santour, and Issa Malluf on percussion. These Albuquerque-based musicians bridge the gap for audiences with their Middle Eastern harmonies played against sounds familiar to the American ear. They have performed at universities and concert venues across the United States including the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and the Library of Congress.
Rahim has performed around the globe and is considered one of the finest oud (Arabic lute) players in the world. He has won many accolades and awards, including two Grammy nominations, and has composed pieces for solo and string quartet, symphony orchestra, and beyond. In 2015 he was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship, the highest honor for traditional arts in the United States. His compositions evoke the experience of exile from his homeland and of new beginnings in his adopted country, the United States. Communicating with a compelling immediacy that bypasses cultural obstacles, his music speaks irresistibly to the heart in a universal language of compassion.
THE TIERNEY SUTTON BAND
Sunday, November 19, 2017 – 3:00 p.m.
American jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton has received Grammy Award nominations for every project she has released for the past decade. With a recording and touring history spanning over twenty years and ten CDs, The Tierney Sutton Band featuring pianist Christian Jacob, bassists Trey Henry and Kevin Axt, and drummer Ray Brinker has traveled a rare path. The Band functions as a true collaborative unit, and makes all musical as well as business decisions as partners.
Sutton and her sidemen thrive on a rare musical esprit de corps. Just as in Sutton’s vocalizing — with its swift, supple lines and play with time and colors — the Band has taken the art of the song in new, smart directions, filled with musical surprises and wit. They tour throughout the world and have headlined in recent years at Carnegie Hall, The Hollywood Bowl and Jazz at Lincoln Center.