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TUESDAY, OCT 24 2017, 07:00 PM


Gavin Gamboa: Tausendvierhundertsechzehn for Tenor and String Quartet (1416m3), 2014
Duration: 12 minutes

León de Castillo, tenor
Gavin Gamboa, tenor

The Argentine artist David Lamelas has long been interested in liberating sculpture from the traditional ideas of mass and volume and created Tausendvierhundertsechzehn as a way for space to assume a central role for social interaction and as a catalyst for creativity. Inspired by Lamelas’s practice, Los Angeles-based composer Gavin Gamboa developed Tausendvierhundertsechzehn for Tenor and String Quartet (1416m3). In this composition the artist and composer sought to sonically describe their effort to fill an architectural volume of a space with music – which is both invisible and temporal – over a period of twelve minuets. 

Gavin Gamboa and Vienna-based tenor León de Castillo collaborated on this situational piece with the Lamelas for his solo exhibition, V (2014) at the Kunsthalle Basel (the title Tausendvierhundertsechzehn is derived from the cubic metric dimensions of the Oberlichtsaal (Skylit Gallery) at Kunsthalle Basel). For this upcoming performance at Maccarone Gallery the three come together again with the Vienna-based Marcel Rubin Quartett to reimagine this live experience.


León de Castillo’s career began at the age of five when he sang in a boys' choir in Mérida, Mexico. Later, in Vienna, he passed the audition at the Mozart Boys' Choir of Vienna and participated in various tours around Europe, and to South America and Asia. After only his first year of studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, he had his debut as a soloist with Placido Domingo and Patricia Petibon in the Zarzuela “Luisa Fernanda” at the Theater an der Wien, where he performed at several operas as "Prinz von Homburg" or "Il Postino". In 2013, he founded the Primavera Festival, which concentrates on the Mexican-Austrian relationship and is a human rights festival in Vienna. 2014 he sang his debut at Carnegie Hall in NYC with his Chamber Orchestra Valsassina Ensemble during a tour that included performances in France, USA and Mexico. In addition to opera, de Castillos’ repertoire also includes Deutsches Lied and other Art songs in 7 different languages. He has given songs recitals all over the world and has collaborated with pianists such as Matthias Lademann, musical directors such as Jesús López Cobos, and orchestras including the Vienna Symphony. www.leondecastillo.com

Consisting of four international, like-minded and dedicated musicians, the Vienna-based Marcel Rubin Quartett was formed in late 2013, through their frequent contact within the Valsassina Ensemble and through a common aim of participating in the discovery of and presenting lesser-known works of the 20th century quartet repertoire. The main musical focus of the Quartett is to revive the music of Austrian exiled composers, which fled during WW2 to Mexico such as Marcel Rubin. Despite only having established themselves relatively recently, they have already been involved in a flurry of projects and concerts in Vienna’s “Primavera Festival” in the spring of 2014, and have embarked on a tour to France, Mexico, and the US including an appearance at Carnegie Hall. www.marcelrubinquartett.com

Gavin Gamboa is a Los Angeles-based video-artist, composer and piano soloist interested in the intersections of improvised and premeditated composition, with new technologies forming the basis of his stylistic experimentation. Born in Mérida, Yucatán, he currently composes for a variety of concert ensembles, creates film music, and performs classical/new works internationally. He is one of the founding members of The Teaching Machine, an international media arts collective with a focus in installations, music, and innovative live-video performance. He has studied piano with Charles Asche, Paul Berkowitz, and Irwin Krinsky. Recordings of his compositions and live performances are freely available through the Bandcamp platform.

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