Likewise, the marimba player Conrado Moya from Alicante is presenting on Wednesday at FMUC a programme entitled ˊEvocaciones al pasadoˊ


This week the Auditorio de Tenerife is hosting the programme of the Tenerife Contemporary Music Festival (FMUC), which will offer a cultural exchange between the island and Mississippi in the form of several concerts, included in an edition that involves the collaboration of the MAPFRE Canaries Foundation, the Higher Conservatoire of Music of the Canaries, the Professional Conservatoire of Music and the University of Southern Mississippi. Also, on Wednesday [31] the marimba player Conrado Moya from Alicante is starring in the show Evocaciones al pasado.

The Percussion departments of the University of Southern Mississippi and the Higher Conservatoire of Music of the Canaries, led by professors John Wooton and Paco Díaz, respectively, have carried out a cultural exchange project that started on American soil and it will bear its fruits this week at FMUC in the form of two concerts: John Wooton and friends this Thursday [1] and Bocetos de New Orleans this Friday [2], which includes a morning teaching session for pupils from several schools on the island.

The American musician and teacher John Wooton currently holds the role of director of Percussion Studies at this North American university.  He holds a PhD in musical arts and has published his book The Drummer's Rudimental Reference Book (1992), and a DVD entitled Dr Throwdown's Rudimental Remedies (2010) plus more than ten musical works for percussion with Row-Loff Productions.

The programme of John Wooton and Friends is comprised of works by Yip Harburg, Andy Narell, Chick Corea, Astor Piazzolla, Roberto Palomeque, Nathan Sanders and Wooton himself, who will be accompanied on stage by the percussionists Paco Díaz, Francis Hernández and Verónica Cagigao. Also, the two key groups in this project will participate the Percussion Group of the Higher Conservatoire of Music of the Canary Islands and the Percussion Ensemble of the University of Southern Mississippi.

The other resulting concert is a musical exchange between Mississippi and Tenerife entitled Bocetos de New Orleans, the new work by the Canarian composer Francis Hernández. Multiculturalism is the concept that gives rise to this concert, uniting students from different continents, with different cultures and generating cooperation between two educational institutions that are very far from one another in a single concert, written expressly for this occasion and performed in both Mississippi and Tenerife. What also stands out in this composition is improvisation, a crucial element in jazz and which is present in each of the pieces of this programme on a constant basis.

Likewise, and for the first time at FMUC, the steel drums and steel pan instruments will be used. Like the other elements in this concert, they are also part of that merging of cultures, contributing not only from a visual perspective but also in terms of sound.  Francis Hernández himself will conduct the concert, which will involve the percussionists Paco Díaz, John Wooton, Miguel Pérez and Alberto Bercal, the double bassist Ruimán Martín, the Percussion Group of the Higher Conservatoire of Music of the Canary Islands and the Percussion Ensemble of the University of Southern Mississippi.

The programming of FMUC, directed by Paco Díaz, includes the concert Evocaciones al pasado by Conrado Moya this Wednesday [31], with works by Emmanuel Séjourné, Eric Sammut, Alexander Scriabin, Pius Cheung, Anna Ignatowicz-Glinska, Arkadiusz Katny, Anna Ignatowicz-Glinska and Minuro Miki. Moya works intensely as a marimba soloist around the world, playing in performances and alongside orchestras, choirs and symphony bands. He also participates in important events and, in the field of chamber music, he has been an integral part of duos, ensembles and groups. Moya is an artist who represents the American brand Marimba One, with which he has also developed his own line of mallets. The concert will also feature the musicians Verónica Cagigao, Andrea Domínguez and Carlos Castañeda.

The three concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium's Chamber Hall. The tickets are available on the website , at the auditorium's box office or by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Each of the tickets for these concerts can be purchased for 10 Euros. Check the special discounts for the audience under 30 years of age, students, unemployed and large families.