PROGRAMME

Celia Martín

Celia Martin, soprano from the internationally acclaimed Camerata Lacunensis, entered the singing world participating in the rondallas of the Santa Cruz carnival, her first great mentor being the director of the Agrupación Lírico Musical Gran Tinerfe, Jesus Alvaro Fariña Adan. This experience led her to a solo performance in the Rondallas Contest in 1997.

In her birthplace of Guia de Isora, initially with the collaboration of Felipe Neri Gil, currently the director of the Municipal Band of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and latterly, Antonio Fariña, she began her musical training and joined the band as a clarinettist for several seasons.

The second stage of her training began in 1998, when she joined the Coral Universitaria de La Laguna, conducted by Juan Ignacio Oliva. These years were to be spent acquiring experience on stage in various seasons of the opera and zarzuela festivals.

In 2000, she started singing with Camerata Lacunensis, of the University of La Laguna, directed by Jose Herrero, where she completed several recordings, two projects for RALS resulting in two separate CDs Six Responses for Christmas Matins by Jose Palomino and Music for La Laguna Cathedral comprising works from the nineteenth-century rescued after 200 years in the archives, and most recently a recording of music by composer Dante Andreo with words by selected Canarian poets. With Conrado Alvarez Martin, she has become a regular participant in the Aimcaria Collective, specialising in the historicist performance of early and Baroque music, where she has performed in several events, among other projects, as a soloist: Messe de Minuit pour Noël, by Marc-Antoine Charpentier; Carols for Christmas Matins of 1653 by Juan Gutierrez de Padilla; Presentation Concert for Baroque Double Harp Gara; Concert of Seventeenth-Century Carols and Motets; Misa Quarti Toni by Tomas Luis de Victoria, and Miserere, by F. Scarlatti.

In 2008 she joined the Tenerife Film Choir, directed by Cristina Farrais.

As soloist in more recent times, she has returned to her childhood Guia de Isora in collaboration with Coral Ajijide, with whom she has participated in the production of a CD.

Conductors she has worked with in addition to those already mentioned, include Canto Salgado, Emilio Tabrabue, Marc Peters, Pilar Aurensanz, Nacho Rodriguez, and Diego Navarro.

Lydia Kavina

Russian-born and based in the UK, Lydia Kavina is currently one of the leading performing musicians on theremin. From her age 9, she studied the theremin under the direction of her distant relative, the inventor Léon Theremin himself. Lydia also studied piano and hold a degree in music theory and composition from the Moscow Conservatory.

As a solo performer Kavina appeared in such projects as “The Film Music of Howard Shore” with Pittsburgh Symphony in 2016, “The Sound of Hitchcock” with the BBC SSO in Glasgow in 2015, “Tim Burton and Danny Elfman’s show” with BBC Concert Orchestra and London Symphony at London Royal Albert Hall and in the UK tour 2013-2014, “Testament” by Nicolai Obouhov with Netherlands Radio Orchestra under Reinbert de Lewes in 2006, First Symphony by Lera Auerbach with Duesseldorf Philharminica in 2006 , “Jeanne d'Arc au Bucher” by Arthur Honegger with National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia under Vladimir Spivakov in 2005, Theremin concert with Orchestra SOSPESSO at New York Lincoln Center Festival in 2000.

Lydia worked for many theatre productions, among them: ballet “The Little Mermaid” by Lera Auerbach and John Neumeier, in Copenhagen, Hamburg and Beijing (2005-2015), music drama “The Tragedy of a Friendship” by Moritz Eggert and Jan Fabre, dedicated to R. Wagner’s anniversary (Gent, 2013), opera “Baehlamms Fest” by Olga Neuwirth in Vienna, Hamburg and Luzern (1999-2002), musicals “Alice” and “Black Rider” by Tom Waits and Robert Wilsonin Hamburg and Cologne (1992-1998)

Mrs. Kavina recorded several CDs with original music for theremin with labels MODE records, WERGO, Solnze records and Teleura, and she played for a number of film soundtracks, including “Ed Wood” and “eXistetnZ” with music by Howard Shore and ''The Machinist'' by Roque Banos. She also played the role of the theremin performer in film “Me and Kaminsky” by Wolfgang Becker.

Lydia is an active promoter of new experimental music for the theremin and she is a composer herself. The contemporary music project „Nicht zu fassen“ by R.Yusipey and L.Kavina for theremin and accordeon was performed in Germany, Switzerland and Ukrain (2013-2015). Kavina‘s Concerto for theremin and symphony orchestra was first performed by the Boston Modern Orchestra, under Gil Rose in 1997.

Mrs. Kavina is strongly committed to the educational activities. She constantly integrates master classes, workshops and lectures in her concretising schedule. Her video tutorial “Mastering the Theremin”, recorded with Moog Music in 1994, is widely used among beginning therminists. Lydia led several international theremin festivals and is the regular master teacher at the Theremin Academy in Germany, Switzerland and England.

Alba Serrano

Classical music - Lyrical
Alba Serrano starts her musical career with only four years old, singing in children’s choirs within the Opera Festival and Zarzuela Festival from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

When she was 16 years old, she represented Spain in the Florence International Choir Festival (Italy). She was a member of the Choir of the Opera Festival from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria for a period of four years, where she also appeared many times in different tittles also sharing the stage with great singers such as Isabel Rey, Carlos Álvarez, Mariola Cantarero, Nancy Fabiola Herrera, Yolanda Auyanet, Juan Diego Flores, among other artists.

She has received different masterclasses from the maestro Frabrizio Migliorino, Jorge Rubio, the soprano Isabel Rey and the mezzosoprano Teresa Berganza.

She moves to Barcelona in 2006 and finally finishes her studios in the Professional Degree at the Professional Conservatory of Music of Badalona in the speciality of lyric-voiced singing.

In 2013, she creates the duo “Broadway on Stage” together with the French pianist Philippe Argenty, with whom she offers several concerts in France.

Jazz – Modern Music
At the end of 2008, she joins the group Proyecto Cumaco as a vocalist and lyricist. It is a group of jazz fusion, Latin and funky, where they play their own compositions. Together with this group, she gives several concerts in different concert halls of Barcelona, as well as other Spanish cities like Santiago de Compostela.

Collaborations: 
- Record 'Declaracións' (Clara Peya) 
- Soundtrack of the short film “Lovers” (Carla Simon Pipo)
- Big Band EMMB, conducted by Carlos Vecinos
- Gran Canaria Big Band
- Big Band from the Lyceum Conservatory, conducted by Sergi Vergés, with whom she opened the Jazz Festival Voll-Damm of Barcelona for a period of two consecutive years (2011 y 2012).
- Record ‘Liquid’ - Wheels Collective (Sergi Boal)

She has received a Master Class from: Eddie Gómez, Stefan Karlsson, Sofía Ribeiro, Jerry Bergonzi, Dave Holland, Chano Domínguez, Chucho Valdés, Pat Metheny.

Graduated in Jazz Singing and Modern Music by the Superior Lyceum of Music Conservatory, together with the prestigious teacher Ana Finger. In 2014 she creates the jazz quartet About Nina -based on Nina Simone-, as an arranger, conductor and singer. With it she performed in important festivals such as L’Hora del Jazz (Barcelona), the International XXIV Canary Islands Music Festival Jazz & Más Heineken (Gran Canaria), "Les Clés du Classique 7ème Édition 2013" at the Cerdaña Francesa, "Musiques en Clain 2014" Dissay (Francia), "XXI Mostra de Jazz de Tortosa 2014" Tortosa (Tarragona), "Cicle Veus de Dona 2014" of the Centre Cívic Vil·la Florida in Barcelona, among others. They also recorded “Come ye” live in France.

Nowadays she is the founder and conductor of her own Alba Serrano School of Music, at Gran Canaria.

Fran León

Fran León, born in Tenerife in 1985, was always fascinated by musical theatre and other musical performances like La Revista and La Zarzuela.

At a very early age, he started his artistic education in Fine Arts (Diploma in la Escuela de Arte y Diseño Fernando Estévez) and Drama (contemporary dance, jazz, tap dancing, theater and other types of performances) at the best schools in Tenerife - Escuela de Actores de Canarias (EAC) and MMDanza.

Right then he became familiar with musical theater, something he longed for, and dove into the first intensive and specific singing and musical training.

In 2005, he played the leading role in 'Broadway nights', with stage director Antonia Jaster and musical director Ana de la Preugne. The show was performed in Escuela de Actores de Canarias, Teatro Victoria. He also played the lead in the TV show 'Noches de Verano'.

That very same year he also got the leading role in the musical production 'The true story of Romeo and Juliet', played at the Teatro Victoria, also directed by Jaster and de la Preugne.

In 2006 he joined “Quijotísimo”, NGRplus musical production, for the venue Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín. The following year he was back on the same stage with the production “ConCiertos Objetos” (DesConciertos Company and NGRplus), which was also performed at the venue Auditorio del Sauzal.

Since 2012, he has been a member of CAREZZA, an ensemble that gathers different voices, styles and backgrounds. A year later they released their first album 'El sonido de una caricia'. He has also sung in the Ópera de Tenerife Choir as a first tenor for the productions 'Aida', 'Norma' and 'Il Trovatore'.

In 2013 and 2014 he participated as a soloist in numerous concerts in the Tenerife International Music Festival (FIMUCITÉ).

In December, 2014, he returned to the musicals playing the role of Judas and understudy for Jesus Christ in 'Jesus Christ Superstar' at the Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín. A year later, he took the role of Perón and Che’s understudy in a new adaptation of 'Evita' that travelled to Madrid.

Somos Compañía was born in 2016 and 'Rent' was the first musical adaptation of his own, he played the role of Mark Cohen. At the end of 2017 he will be taking part in the Spanish world premiere of 'Sunset Boulevard'.