En la noche
for solo piano
Nocturne for solo piano inspired in the nocturnes of Chopin, seen through the lense of contemporary music.
Jacobs School of Music - Indiana University
April 15th, 2018.
Composer: Luis M. Ruelas Romo
Pianist: Tingting Wu
Cantata in Yucatec Mayan for Soprano, Choir and Sinfonietta
(Winner of 2017 OperaMaya International Composition Competition)
This work sets to music Prof. Wildernain Villegas Carrillo's homonym poem: Ja' K'áax (Waterjungle), which trough evocative imagery speaks out against the injustices currently faced by the Maya people.
This work employs some Pre-Columbian instruments intermixed with Western Classical instruments, to create music where the old and new meet to express the powerful message of the poem.
Auer Hall - Indiana University February 22nd, 2018.
Composer: Luis M Ruelas Romo Poet: Wildernain Villegas Carrillo
Conductor: Piotr Wisniewski Soprano Solo: Malina Rauschelfels
Soprano: Kia Frank Alto: Erin Koolman
Tenor: Patrick Conklin Baritone: Jake Engel
Flutes: Anne Daley, Sara Abrams Horn: Michael Stiles
Percussion: Carey Anderson, Jamie Kunselman Piano: Tatiana Lokhina
Violins: Alexi Whitsel, Leigha Amick Viola: Lyrica Smolenski
Cello: Christy Grace Double Bass: William Klein
Music for Thirteen Musicians
(Commissioned by Andy Mantel for the Unitas Ensemble)
Dedicated to the victims of oppression, this work through the absence of a clear melody evokes the struggles of the oppressed to have their voices heard. The work explores "waves" of sound that increase to a militaristic middle section. Then, these same "waves" gradually go softer until they stop at an elusive ending.
Old South Church, Boston, MA February 20th, 2016.
Composer: Luis M Ruelas Romo Conductor: Lina González Granados
for String Orchestra
This work is inspired on the rythmic paterns of three specific folk dances: the Mexican "Son Jalisicense" and "Jarabe", as well as the originally Cuban "Danzón". In this performance the "Jarabe" was omitted since the composition was still a work in progress.
New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall April 21st, 2015.
Composer: Luis M Ruelas Romo Conductor: Jonas Tarm
Violin I: Brian Choi, David Bernat, Isa Costanza, Kate Arndt Cello: Jason Coleman, Nitzan Gal
Violin II: Julia Connor, Alexi Whitsel, Etienne Girard Double Bass: Moe Winograd, Yizhen Wang
Viola: Emily Brandenburg, Ariel Champan, Alezandra Simpson.
Imágenes de Guanajuato
Suite for cello and guitar
Premier of my cello and guitar suite "Imágenes de Guanajuato". Being a collection of personal "mental images" (memories) of the historic city of Guanajuato, Mexico, this piece is highly influenced by Mexican and Spanish folkloric idioms.
New England Conservatory's Pierce Hall April 1st, 2014.
Composer: Luis M Ruelas Romo Cello: Taeguk Mun Guitar: Fiel Sahir
Cuarteto Latino No. 1 "Tango"
For String Quartet
Premiere of the sting quartet Cuarteto Latino No.1 "Tango". Influenced by the Argentinian tango, this piece seeks to reconcile the tradition in this folkloric dance with the classical music scene.
New England Conservatory's Pierce Hall December 4th, 2012.
Composer: Luis M Ruelas Romo
Violin I: Lisa Fujita Viola: Sergio Muñoz
Violin II: Jiwon Sun Cello: Taeguk Mun