Friday 16 December 2022

Based on a true story sparked by a quest for answers about his absent father & Mexican ancestry: Nathan Felix's Santa-Alamada

Santa-Almada is a new choral symphony by Mexican-American composer Nathan Felix, and Felix has released a new live recording of Santa-Almada featuring the Inversion Ensemble, conductor Trevor F Shaw, recorded live at the work's premiere in Austin, Texas in May 2022.

Santa-Almada is based on a true story sparked by a quest for answers about Felix’s absent father and Mexican ancestry, revealing the existence of two half brothers and a sister, also having been abandoned by their mutual father. Felix contacted his father after a gap of 27 years and an ensuing one-hour phone sparked the beginnings of 'Fathers & Sons', the first movement of the symphony.

Santa-Almada is written in six movements with themes of personal exploration, discovery, loss, and deep reflection. It was important to Felix to have the world premiere of the work in Austin where it could be shared with his family and closest friends.

In 2004, Felix founded the indie rock band, The Noise Revival Orchestra, then in 2013 he moved into writing for orchestra with his first symphony, The Curse, the Cross & the Lion

Santa-Alamada on Spotify, and on Bandcamp.

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