Panamanian percussionist and composer Dr. Carlos Camacho is on the percussion faculty of the Ohio Wesleyan University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music preparatory department. He will perform his own composition Interlude, as well as Daniel Harrison’s Under the Sun on our April 20 Solo Soundbox concert in collaboration with Urban Artifact.

CSB: Could you tell us a little about your work as a composer and performer?

CC: Through focus on chamber music for percussion, my music strongly alludes to Panamanian culture and expands the sonic possibilities or traditional sounds for percussion instruments. My piece, “Pi” for Vibraphone and Glassware won the Fisher Tull composition award at Sam Houston State University in 2011. I am a published composer by Cayambis Music Press.

CSB: What is the background to your piece for this concert, Interlude

CC: Interlude (after Rzewski) was written for Allen Otte in his retirement and inspired on Rzewski´s epic piece the Fall of the Empire, written also for Al Otte. Interlude (after Rzewski) is a piece for speaking percussionist with 4 turkish spoons with text derived from One Thousand and One Nights.

CSB: How have you seen the environment for new music in Cincinnati change throughout your time here?

CC: I am happy to see more and more events devoted to new music in Cincinnati. Thanks to Cincinnati Sound Box for supporting and promoting the works of Cincinnati composers.

CSB: What are some of the upcoming projects and performances on your radar?

CC: I have recently accepted a position at the University of Panama as professor of percussion. I am ready to start a new chapter of my life close to family and friends.