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• ESTAMOS ENSEMBLE
SPIRIT OF PLACE
Estamos Ensemble, led by pianist and improviser Thollem McDonas, is a collective of musicians from Mexico and the U.S., brought together to expand cultural exchange through adventurous music making. As a group dedicated to the practice and exploration of improvised music, Estamos has also commissioned and performed pieces by such composers as: Ana Lara (MX), Nels Cline (US), Juan Felipe Waller (MX), Pauline Oliveros (US), Rogelio Sosa (MX), Joan Jeanrenaud (US), Hebert Vázquez (MX), Vinny Golia (US). Jorge Torres Saenz (MX), William Parker (US) and Thollem McDonas (US).
The ensemble consists of:
Emilio Tamez - Percussion (MX)
Marko Novachcoff - Various Winds (US)
Alexander Bruck - Viola (MX)
Ava Mendoza- Guitar (US)
Julián Martínez Vázquez- Violin (MX)
Theresa Wong - Cello, Voice (US)
Vinny Golia - Various Winds (US)
Carmina Escobar - Voice, Electronics (MX)
Kjell Nordeson - (US/Sweden)
Thollem McDonas - Piano, Artistic Director (US)
For upcoming projects and performances, go to the Estamos Ensemble page.
Photo of Estamos Ensemble recording at Sony Studios in Mexico City (by Angela Villa).