M.E. in Memoriam for instrumental ensemble (1994)

Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez (BMI) duration: 8:26

Tara Helen O'Connor, flutes; Marianne Gythfeldt, clarinets; Sara Laimon, piano; Danny Tunick, vibraphone; John Ferrari, marimba; Christine Sohn, violin; Jacqueline Carrasco, violin; John Whitfield, violoncello; Michael Pratt, conductor

Octavio Paz wrote that "death is a mirror where the vain gesticulations of life are reflected." Composer Manuel Enríquez's death was a mirror that reflected his fascinating -- yet always controversial -- contribution to Mexican music. A sophisticated composer of indisputable sensibility, talent and craftsmanship, he also took part in the most futile of political and self-destructive power games.

Rather than mourning the departure of a friend, this work is likely to invoke the complexity of the man's life -- and the anger of those he left behind.

A commission from the U.S./Mexico Fund for Culture, M.E. in Memoriam was premiered in 1994 at the International Cervantino Festival.

Born in Mexico City in 1964, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez grew up in Guadalajara and has lived in the U.S. since 1987. He obtained degrees in piano performance from the Universidad de Guadalajara and in composition from the Peabody Conservatory and Yale University, as well as a Ph.D. from Princeton. Among his teachers were Jacob Druckman, Martin Bresnick, and Henri Dutilleux. He is currently on the composition faculty at San Francisco State University, where he obtained the 1996 Presidential Award for Outstanding Faculty. He has received awards and fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, Fromm and Camargo Foundations; the Tanglewood Music Center; the U.S./Mexico Fund for Culture; the National Institute of Fine Arts of Mexico; UNESCO; the Fulbright Commission; BMI; and the National Fund for the Arts and Culture of Mexico. He also received the 1994 Mozart Medal. He was named Distinguished Artist by the New Jersey Council on the Arts in 1995.

Among Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez's commissioned works are Luciérnagas (The Carnegie Hall Corporation); Dos Movimientos (The Bay-Atlantic Symphony); and Desde el Son (The National Council on the Arts and Culture of Mexico); and the evening-long El Mozote (The Pascal Rioult Dance Theatre and the Core Ensemble). Current commissions come from the Barlow Endowment, the Fromm Foundation, the Concert Artists Guild, and the Millennium Commission (ASCAP) honoring Aaron Copland's centenary.

Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez has written for all media, including film, theater, and multimedia productions. His music appears on the C.R.I., Capstone, Pueblo, Teldec International, Alebrije, Equis, Princeton, and UMMUS labels and is published by Ediciones Mexicanas de Música.

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