Tepeu is a CD collection of six improvisations for solo pinao by San Francisco-based composer/improviser Ernesto Diaz-Infante. Tepeu, the Mayan god of creation, proportion and order, was the inspiration for the work. The improvisations flow into one another, gently drawing the listener in with an organically evolving narrative.Ernesto says, 'I think of my creative process as bringing order out of chaos. All of the compositions on this recording were freely improvised, except for Tepeu, which was a structured improvisation.' This is a BEAUTIFUL record. Highly recommended. Please listen to the soundclips here. Born in Salinas, California, Ernesto Diaz-Infante, is Chicano (of Mexican descent). He received his MFA in Music Composition from California Institute of the Arts (studied with Wadada Leo Smith and Stephen L. Mosko) and has created musical compositions that span a broad perspective: transcendental piano, noise, avant-garde guitar, field recordings, lo-fi four-track manipulations, and experimental song. ED-I has performed throughout Europe and the United States, and his music has been broadcasted internationally. He has recorded more than 15 CDs of music and collaborated with numerous musicans. In 2000, his composition, I/O (for chamber ensemble), was performed by the California EAR Unit. He has been awarded residencies at the Centre International de Recherche Musicale (CIRM) in Nice, France, The Millay Colony for the Arts, Villa Montalvo, The Ucross Foundation, among others. He runs Pax Recordings record label which is dedicated to the documentation, preservation, and contagion of music from the margins of our culture and psyches. He lives in San Francisco with the filmmaker/video artist Marjorie Sturm and their son and daughter.
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