Carmen-Helena Téllez has earned a reputation nationally and internationally for her inventive support of living com-posers, Latin American music, and new modes of concert presentation involving music, the arts and the humanities. She is responsible for the commission, premiere and recording of many landmark works, such as Gabriela Ortiz’s opera Unicamente la verdad, the choral suite Sun-Dogs by James MacMillan and the Missa ad Consolationes Dominam Nostram by Mario Lavista. Upcoming commissions include works by Robert Kyr, Sven-David Sandström and Gabriela Lena Frank. She is also responsible for the Midwest premieres of John Adams’ oratorio El Niño and Osvaldo Golijov’s opera Ainadamar. She has performed in Chicago as the former resident conductor of the University of Chicago’s Contempo, and as the music director of Aguavá New Music Studio, the Pocket Opera Players and Indiana University’s Contemporary Vocal Ensemble. In that capacity she conducted the American premiere of Ralph Shapey’s oratorio
Praise dedicated to the anniversary of the foundation of Israel, and the world premiere of the full version of Shulamit Ran’s Credo/Ani ma’ amin. As a founder and co-director of Aguavá New Music Studio she has recorded works by Mario Lavista, Cary Boyce, John Eaton, James MacMillan, and Menachem Zur. She has recently initiated the project Kosmologia to engage in inter-artistic collaborations in Chicago.
Liviu has a Chicago-based practice creating works and visual experiences using new media and technology. He works as a video designer, cinematographer, editor, and animator and has produced, directed and performed for live multi-media events. He has been affiliated with theaters and artists Luftwerk, Redmoon, Chicago Children’s Theater, Blue Man Group, and Collaboraction Theater, among others. He holds an MFA degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is currently advancing an approach to video for performance as a faculty member at DePaul University.
MFA School of the Art Institute