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Raul Quines

New York, NY         

Raul Salamanca Quines is a composer based New York City. His chamber works have been performed by some of today’s lauded contemporary music ensembles, such as the Absolute Ensemble, Sweet Plantain, Soundclock Ensemble and the Attacca Quartet; his orchestral works presented by the Vivace Orchestra (of Stringendo), West Chester Chamber Orchestra and the Manhattan Composers Orchestra. Previous collaborations include artists Mario Gosalvez-Blanco, Ko Ando, Eun-Kyung Kim, Guillaume LeMasurier and Nan Huh. As a performer and conductor, Mr. Quines has had the pleasure of working with artists the likes of Gene Pritsker, Charles Coleman, Elizabeth Weigle, Aisha Sudiarso, Iris Gross, Garry Press, David Cossin and Theo Bleckmann. He has had the privilege of working with the Locrian Chamber Players and music director, David Macdonald, in the world premiere performance of his piece Meditation on Eight Sketches (formerly titled Sketches) for string quartet at Riverside Church in New York City upon receiving the American Music Center CAP Award in 2011. Finding as much delight in multi-media setting, he’s worked with Kristjan Järvi and visual artist, Mark Kostabi at the Kostabi World and, most recently, with Paul Nugent in the production of Orson Welles’ Christmas Carol with AboutFACE Ireland Theatre in Dublin, Ireland in December of 2013.

While some of the compositions of Mr. Quines have been described as "eclectic and complex," others are, simply put, "plain and simple." His diverse constitution can be traced back to influences from the Philippines where he was introduced to his homeland’s indigenous sounds and Spanish-influenced folk music, transplanting to Los Angeles, California where he wrote his first song and original compositions for a progressive rock band and where his lifelong endeavor in the classical art world began, and relocating to New York City where he continues to cultivate his musical skills and learn about the innumerable music cultures.

One of Raul Quines’s tireless endeavors, which continues to present limitless sound possibilities to his palette, is the incorporation of spatial design (spatial music) into his musical landscape in which a player (or sound-producing instrument) or group of players (or instruments) is strategically deployed throughout the auditorium in a specific formation or various configurations. Such unrestrained sonic-production can be experienced from the following spatially conceived pieces: A Reflection for solo alto flute, A Dedication to John Cage for alto flute, viola and prepared-piano, a LOVE song for soprano, flute/alto flute, viola, tuba, percussion and narrator/actor/dancer and, what the late Sir Georg Solti described as "highly imaginative", Temptation of the Lascivious Moon for orchestra and sixteen players off-stage. Integrated onto his palette are elements derived from the renaissance period to the impressionistic, neo-classical, avant-garde, world music and rock ‘n’ roll epochs, and the pastiche of our modern-time’s diverse music and cultural environments. His inspirations are drawn from the multiplicity of life’s abstract and concrete offerings: birth, philosophy, psychology, mathematics, art, literature, movement, silence, musical borrowings, pop-music culture, ethnic music and traditions, J.S. Bach, reflection, dream, love, tragedy and death.

Mr. Quines is privileged to have received his musical training at the Manhattan School of Music, where he earned a bachelor of music degree in composition, and at CUNY Hunter College, where he studied composition and ethnomusicology and received a master of art degree. He has had the good fortune of studying with Lazlo Cser, Shafer Mahoney, Erik Lundborg, Giampaolo Bracali and Nils Vigeland. As a music teacher, Mr. Quines taught composition, music theory and ear-training at the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division. He currently lives in New York City, where he continues to work on his craft as a composer and writer, and enthusiastically applies himself to any endeavor that is creative or likewise constructive.

A number of the compositions of Raul Quines are distributed by Building Moons & Arches Publishing Company. His works and services are available for hire.

Music for Lamentation

Performed on September 13, 2014 at Tenri Cultural Institute in NYC, Music for Lamentation is dedicated to the victims of 9/11. In instilling hope, the composer notes: “In the wake of the breaking news, global catastrophes, and the passing of the 13-year anniversary of September 11, I ask each of ‘you’ to help raise awareness, recover what might be broken or an abandoned trust in the fundamental truth of humanity, and instill in the collective conscience of our communities that far greater things are born (than lost) from our human suffering.”

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Meditation on Eight Sketches: IV. Cantabile and VI. Recollection

Completed in 2010, Meditation on Eight Sketches for string quartet received its second performance at the inaugural concert of N.O.W. Collective on September 13, 2014 at the Tenri Cultural Institute in NYC; Olivier Fluchaire (vln I), Charlene Bishop (vln II), Isabela Quines (vla) and Michael Midlarsky (cl).

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Originally recorded and written by UK rock-band Coldplay (G Berryman, J Buckland, W Champion and C Martin); arranged for string orchestra by Raul Quines and premiered at the inaugural N.O.W. Performance Series concert on September 13, 2014 at the Tenri Cultural Institute in NYC.

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