This year has been the epitome of incredible experiences for me. The University of Minnesota has truly been one of the most amazing things that has happened to me. During this year in November we did a Percussion Extravaganza concert with the University of Costa Rica. After spending two weeks with the students and factually of that school, I have been fortunate enough to meet really extraordinary musicians and create long lasting friendships with many of them.
Estefa Segura, Daniel Quesada Brenes , Jacob Peroutka and I decided we didn’t want our one performance in Minnesota to be the last time we played together, so since February of this year we have been planning our own concert at the University of Costa Rica. The experience I’ve had so far has been absolutely life changing and the amount of kindness and generosity that both Estefa and Daniel have given to us this far has been amazing and I can’t thank them enough for that.
One of the most incredible things I’ve realized this year is music’s power to bring people from all over the world together, and that it truly is a universal language that everyone can recognize, sing to, dance to etc...
I decided in early March that I really wanted to write a piece for both Estefa and Daniel as well as to the University because of our experience in Minnesota earlier in the year.
After many weeks of writing I finished my first composition and decided to name it La Fortuna, which is one of the most famous waterfalls in Costa Rica and is a gateway to a huge Arenal Volcano site. The piece captures both of these contrasting elements of fire and water.
Last night we premiered my piece in Costa Rica which was the most honoring experience I’ve ever had. Thank you thank you thank you to Daniel for working so hard on my piece and playing it with me! I hope you enjoy La Fortuna.