Visiting cellist Pablo Mahave-Veglia will present a program of contemporary cello music titled “Not So Alone” on Monday, February 22, at 8:00 p.m. in Gorell Hall. The program will feature works for solo cello as well as works for cello and virtual, pre-recorded, or visual partners.
Mahave-Veglia describes his program in saying “The idea of creating musical polyphony, a fabric of multiple musical lines, for a monophonic instrument has intrigued composers for centuries. If Bach created the illusion of accompaniment with fast lines that blur the roles of foreground and background, some contemporary composers have gone ever further, adding electronic and video counterpoint to a one-man work.”
Cellist Mahave-Veglia will explore works for cello solo, some of them Not So Alone with the aid of electronics assistant Nate Bliton and whatever gear fits into their van The program includes works by Bill Ryan, Edgardo Cantón, Robert Muczynksy, Steve Reich, and Andrés Alcalde and also features visual works by Pedro Ayala, Charles Burchfield, Bliton, and Mahave-Veglia.
Mahave-Veglia will also present a master class (open lesson) for IUP music students on Monday, February 22, at 2:00 p.m. in Cogswell Hall. The concert and master class are free and open to the public.
Cellist Mahave-Veglia resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he is associate professor of cello at Grand Valley State University. Mahave-Veglia is a cellist and teacher of broad interests whose repertoire ranges from the early baroque, performed on period instruments, to his ongoing interest in researching, performing, and recording the work of contemporary Latin-American composers. He counts among his musical influences his mother, the noted piano pedagogue Mercedes Veglia, as well as such artists/teachers as Arnaldo Fuentes, Steven Doane, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Janos Starker, and Uri Vardi.
Highlights of the current season include several performances of the Not So Alone program, a recital that focuses on the idea of creating polyphony (visual or musical) in works for cello with electronic and/or video counterpoint. With the collaboration of electronics assistant Bliton, this program of works by Andrés Alcalde, Bill Ryan, Steve Reich, Edgardo Cantón, and Robert Muczynski will be presented at St. Cloud State University, the Z Studio in Minneapolis, Minn., Calvin College (Michigan), Dog Story Theater in Grand Rapids, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and James Madison University, Va. Also this season he will be on the artist faculty at the Salta International Festival in Argentina, as well as performing the Haydn D Major Concerto with the Orquesta Clásica de Santiago in Chile.
The previous season, Mahave-Veglia was involved in the performance of the Complete Beethoven Sonatas and Variations for cello and pianoforte utilizing period instruments and historical performance practices. Each of the three concerts was performed at Grand Valley State University and repeated in regional concert series, each featuring a different keyboard artist. Concerts took place at Eastern Michigan University, the Ann Arbor Early Music Academy, the Feeding the Soul of the City Series in Muskegon, Mich., the Colby Barn Early Music Series in Illinois, and Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.
Previous endeavors include touring with a solo program of the Bach Cello Suites using original instruments, including a five-string violoncello piccolo. Recent concerts, classes, and lectures include performances at Ohio University, Converse College in South Carolina, Arizona Sate University, the SUNY at Fredonia, Queens College in Ontario, Canada, and the Universities of Iowa, Delaware, Kentucky, and Hong Kong Baptist University, among many others. His program of galant-style sonatas by London-based composers was performed at venues like the Fringe Concerts of the Boston Early Music Festival, the Fontana Chamber Arts Summer Festival in Kalamazoo, and in Chicago's Live from WFMT radio broadcast series.
An alumnus of the Interlochen Arts Academy, Mahave-Veglia holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Indiana University, and the Eastman School of Music. Additionally, he has attended such music festivals as Banff (Canada), NOI (Maryland), Pacific Music Festival (Japan), the Jerusalem International Festival (Israel), and the Schleswig-Holstein and Heidelberg Music Festivals (Germany). Mahave-Veglia is a former faculty member at the University of Evansville (Indiana), Ripon College (Wisconsin), St. Cloud State University (Minnesota), the University of Wisconsin–Madison's Madison Summer Cello Institute, the International Music Academy in Pilsen (Czech Republic), and the Eastern and Brevard Music Festivals (North Carolina). In addition, he has appeared as soloist or chamber musician in his native Chile, Colombia, Perú, Costa Rica, Europe, Hong Kong, and Malaysia. In the United States he has performed at such venues as the Mammoth Lakes Chamber Music Festival (California), the Saugatuck Music Festival (Michigan), the Dame Myra Hess Recital Series in Chicago, the Elvehem Museum in Madison, Wisconsin, and in New York City at the Renee Weiler Hall, Bang on a Can Marathon, and le poisson rouge.
Professor Mahave-Veglia performs on a five-string baroque cello made by Chilean Luthier Marcelo Cigna in 1986. He also performs on a late 18th-century British cello restored to period setup by Ian Watchorn in 2005. His modern instrument is a 1790 William Forster on loan to him by an anonymous private collector.
Mahave-Veglia has recorded for the Eroica, Centaur, Audite, Ghostly International, and Innova labels. Visit his website.