I began thinking about “chamber symphony” several years ago somewhat after the fact. I had written an extended 3 section song called Epitafio a un Pájaro for voice, flute, and 2 guitars. Sometime after it was done I was compelled to write another piece using the same motivic ideas - they were based on the name of the poet of Epitafio, Federico García Lorca. This was Un Establo de Oro for two guitars, flute and cello. La Perla del Pico for flute and guitar quartet, a guitar duo called Sombra para mis Gritos and finally a piece for narrator and guitar, De la Muerte Oscura, followed. I had written a small “chamber symphony” without knowing it!
I was left with the desire to “do it again.” Perhaps with more intention, as the first time I had no idea that I was going to go so far. My ensuing proposal to several ensembles in the Hartford area, with the steadfast support of Richard Provost and the Hartt School, led to the Hartt Five Zero Project, a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Guitar Department with five local ensembles participating. The Augustin Foundation has generously supported the commission of seven works for the following groups to be performed on April 12, 2012 at the Hartt School in Hartford. CT: Phenix Ensemble: Richard Provost, guitar; Anton Miller, violin; Rita Porfiris, viola Pandora Duo: Christopher Ladd, guitar; Janet Arms, flute New England Guitar Quartet: Nick Cutroneo; Jeremy Milligan; Daniel Hartington; Christopher Ladd Alturas Duo Scott Hill, guitar; Carlos Boltes, viola and charango Kaleidos: Yovianna Garcia, voice and guitar: Sayun Chang, voice and percussion.