Harris's List of Covent Garden Ladies, or Dr. Bosch's Carnival of the Animals
Oscar's project 'Harris's List of Covent Garden Ladies, or Dr. Bosch's Carnival of the Animals' was selected by Barbican/GSMD Creative Learning Lab for a residency at the Pit Theatre in the Barbican Centre, London. A collaboration with guitarist Jens Franke and artist Željana Schönauer, the piece is based on texts from the celebrated 18th century publication 'Harris's List of Covent Garden Ladies' (edited by Hallie Rubenhold), which sold in its day over 5,000 copies per year. The project displays a variety of perspectives and a simultaneity of traditions, drawing from original Mozart songs, other contemporary texts and the art-work to create an hour long performance.
If you want to knowmore about the project and its many possible manifestations, its aesthetic background, the artwork and stage design, the performers and to also watch some videos shot during the residency, visit a dedicated webpage by clicking below:
_____________Joven Orquesta Sinfónica Ciudad de Salamanca Season 2013-14_____________
In his third year with the City of Salamanca Youth Orchestra as its Principal Conductor, Oscar will open the orchestra's 2013-14 season with a concert dedicated to British Music and celebrating the anniversary of Salamanca's nomination as World Heritage Site. The season will unfold with a selection of some of the great concertos in the symphonic repertorie played by a selection of international soloists. These will include the Elgar Cello Concerto and Beethoven Triple Concerto, with soloists
Thomas Carroll, Akiko Ono, Bartholomew Lafollette and Akiko Chiba. All the season's concerts take place at the Centro de las Artes Escénicas y de la Música, in Salamanca, where the orchestra is resident.
24th of November, 2013:
Vincenzo Puccita , Sinfonia (recovered from the Salamanca Cathedral Archive, research and critical edition by the conductor and musicologist Marta González Bordonaba); Delius, The Walk to the Paradise Garden ; Elgar, Cello Concerto, Op.85
José Carlos Borreguero , Miserere (not performed since 1843, recovered from the Salamanca Cathedral Archive, research and critical edition by the conductor and musicologist Marta González Bordonaba); L.v.Beethoven, Symphony nº6 Pastoral.
Vocal soloists, to be confirmed. Oscar Colomina i Bosch, conductor.
Salamanca University Choir.
Joven Orquesta Sinfónica Ciudad de Salamanca.
Solo concerto with the winner of the Melómano young musician of the year competition. Soloist and programme to be announced.
Oscar Colomina i Bosch, conductor. Joven Orquesta Sinfónica Ciudad de Salamanca.
In addition to Oscar's responsabilities in Salamanca, he also coaches and conducts The Yehudi Menuhin School Junior Orchestra in public engagements, and is active as a guest conductor with a variety of ensembles.
10th of December, 2014:
Òscar will conduct young harpist Thea Butterworth and The Yehudi Menuhin School Junior Orchestra in Debussy's Danse Sacree et Profane. Concerts at the Menuhin Hall, 2.30pm and 7.45pm.
29th of May, 2014:
Invited as a guest by the ENCAUJA (Jaén University Contemporary Ensemble), Òscar will conduct the ensemble in a programme including the world premiere of his nocturne for chamber ensemble Geography of the Wind Chained over a City. Rest of the programme to be confirmed.
From September 2013, Òscar will join the teaching staff of the Composition Department at the Royal Academy of Music, London. He will lecture modules on orchestration for undergraduates and conducting for postgraduate composers.
Following from a visit of the orchestra of the School for Young Talent of the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague to The Menuhin School, Òscar was invited to The Hague to teach chamber music and to lead workshops on various aspects of musicianship training during the Conservatoire's end of year 2013 Summer Festival. He spent four very inspiring days of intensive teaching and music making with the students of the School for Young Talent and their teachers.
After their 2012 collaboration, Òscar was invited to direct the Camerata XXI orchestral Summer course in Saifores, El Vendrell. The Catalan chamber Orchestra is a firm advocate of young musicians getting orchestral experience early on in their careers, and entrusted to Òscar the programming and delivery of the 2013 edition.
Òscar is collaborating with musicologist Marta González Bordonaba on the edition of various works from the Salamanca Cathedral's Archive. The pieces, an Ouverture by Vincenzo Puccita (circa 1820), a Mass by the Marqués de Villar (1874) and a Miserere by José Borreguero (1843), have not been performed in 150 years and will be edited critically, performed and recorded by the City of Salamanca Youth Orchestra under the baton of Òscar in their Easter Concert, 2014. The orchestra will join forces for the ocassion with the Salamanca University Choir. Òscar is grateful for the support of the Cathedral and the assistance of local musicologist Josefa Montero.
Òscar has been commissioned to write a large ensemble piece for ENCAUJA, the Ensemble de Cámara de la Universidad de Jaén (Andalusia, Spain). The piece will be premiered by the ensemble under the batton of Oscar in May 2014 and will -subsequently- be included in the group's debut CD.
Piles Editorial de Música has published Òscar's percussion quartet Une poupée en flammes (8'30'', a commission from Percussion group Kontakte, and premiered at the Ensems International New Music Festival in Valencia). You can buy the score and parts here.
The Valencian publishers have also included Une poupée en flammes: Music as syntactic ordering - an analytical chapter written by Oscar on the writing process of this percussion quartet- in their book 11 compositores valencianos de hoy (11 Valencian composers of today). You can buy the book from Piles website here.
Òscar has translated Simon Fischer's new book of techniques for the violin, 'Warming Up', into Spanish.
The new volume, 'Cómo calentar' which was reviewed as '23 pages of pure technical gold' in the Strad Magazine, offers daily routines for right and left hands, covering tone production, shifting, vibrato, intonation, flexibility, in a thirty minute sequence.
German guitarist Jens Franke gave the concert premiere of Oscar's 'Litanies on the Collapse of One's Reality' on the 18th of June, 2011 in a concert organised by the Berkshire Guitar Society. The programme also included works by Sylvius Leopold Weiss, Johann Kaspar Mertz and Johann Strauss II.
After assisting Jens in the edition of his Schott publications 'Romantic Guitar Anthology' Vols. 1, 2, 3 and 4 (all available from Amazon), Jens and Oscar are now (see below) collaborating closely with artist Željana Schönauer in writing a new substantial song cycle for guitar and voice.
'It was one of the most successful works of the evening, richly scored and completely convincing in the way its splintered forms progressively dissolved away' - New Notes Magazine (reg: 'I have to talk to broken things')
'The piece was received with enthusiasm by the audience (...) and was a worthy beginning to the Orchestra of the Swan's 10th anniversary concert series' - Stratford Herald (reg: 'Open the Curtains')
'Their spectrally-oriented programme of Grisey and young composers was ambitious', 'Remarkable rhyhtmic tightness' , 'A considerable promise' - New Notes Magazine
'El Cuadro', a film by Ideami Productions featuring Oscar's piece 'Open the Curtains' won the Best Music Award in the 'Ateneo en Corto' festival in Tenerife (Canary Islands).
It is also finalist in various other festivals: Gijón International Film Festival, Aarhus Festival in Denmark, IFCT Festival in the USA (touring New York, Los Angeles, etc), Short Films & Video Art Festival of Manresa, Aguilar Film Festival, Audiovisual SubImagen Festival, Mostra Minima Film Festival. It is being taken up by Atom Films (an MTV company) for its distribution in the USA.
To see a low quality clip of the film please click here.