Dhyani Dharma Mas is a Buddhist Gypsy born in Nice France in 1956. There, as a child, he discovered the universe of the guitar with his masters Henri Dorigny and Ako Ito, to whom this work is a tribute. He advanced his guitar studies in addition to composition and chamber music at the Conservatory National de Region, where he later graduated. He also studied with master Alexandre Lagoya at the International Music Academy.
He is a laureate of the Villa Medicis Hors les Murs, the Prix Sacem and the Grand Prix de la Ville de Nice. He also received a research grant from the French ministry of culture and worked in instrumental research at the IRCAM in Paris. His works have been published there by Billaudot Press.
He dedicates his concerto, Voodoo in the Mission, to his son Maitreya. It is a ritual celebration of peace; a mystical journey through the sounds of the Mission District, the Latin Quarter of San Francisco. It is at this multi-cultural crossroad that Dhyani has chosen since 1987. He believes that music should be accessible to everyone and that all cultures have unique powerful contributions to make to this art form.
Maestro Urs Leonhardt Steiner is international renowned as a conductor, guitarist, educator and composer. He was born in Switzerland and has graduated from both the UniversitÂ¨auta;t TÂ¨autu;bingen and the San Francisco Sinfonietta as well as the Community Music Center Orchestra of San Francisco.
Founded by Maestro Urs Leonhardt Steiner in 1993, the San Francisco Sinfonietta has emerged as one of premiere chamber ensembles in the vibrant music world of California Bay Area. The SFS has toured internationally. In Oaxaca Mexico it was the featured orchestra in the International Classical Music Festival. It has also performed in the Badischer Kultur Sommer in Germany and in Switzerland. The SFS is committed to bringing music into schools by being the orchestra in residence at Adda Clevenger Junior Preparatory and Theater School for Children in San Francisco and developing its in-school concerts series.
Sotto Porta is a playful description of a small valley in Bregaglia, Switzerland, with a population of only 1,500, where collaboration and individualism are considered necessary for survival.
1. En Las cuevas (alap en la granadina)
2. Con Los Gitanos (montuno)
3. El circulo magico (pavana)
4. La Luna (Tango)
5. El viaje (zambra)
6. Premiere Gymnopedie (1888) Erik Satie
7. Premiere Gnossienne (1893) Satie
8. Entr Atte (1937) Jacques Ibert
9. Orientale (1890) Enrique Granados
12. Trio 1
16. Trio 2
19. Nicht zu schnell
20. Molto agitato