I am a member of the Toronto Mandolin Orchestra and we perform a variety of genres; everything from beautiful and heartfelt Russian folk music to fiery and passionate tangos from South America. I enjoy finding ways to apply the mandolin in contemporary pieces like jazz, rock, soundscape, and latin music.
As a composer, I attempt to reflect a myriad of styles in my compositions, including a synthesis of the European Classical and Latin American musical traditions. I have sought to give each of my compositions its own unique musical watermark, illuminating darkly rich harmonies and opulent melodies; each one telling a surreal story.
I've had several premieres of an assortment of my compositions. Commissioned by pianist Daniel Immel, I composed Pasarela de Vida, an octatonic etude-fantasy which has been premiered at Elizabethtown College (PA), Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, and Western Oregon University and was received with critical acclaim. The piece received its European premiere at the Liszt Academy of Music in February 2015. Additionally, I was commissioned by Duo Terlano to write a concert piece for Violin and Cello, Chorale, Fugato and Dance, which explores a post romantic style within contrapuntal and anthemic parameters.
As a researcher, I delve in the concepts of cultural heritage, transnationalism, appropriation, and gathering of extant information of El Salvador's folkloric music in order to find and understand the unique elements of Salvadoran music and the social values and codes that are bestowed upon it by the Salvadoran people.
I am attending York University in Toronto, Canada, where I am pursuing a Ph.D in Ethnomusicology with ultimate career aims for leading outreach community programs and musicological research in El Salvador in order to preserve and foster a newfound investment for Salvadoran folkloric music.
Composing, Music Theory, Mandolin (anything related to it), Cigars, Scotch, Weight lifting, etc