The proposal of composition PhD alumni Francisco Castillo Trigueros '13 for a song cycle depicting Xilitia, a town in the mountainous region of Huasteca in Mexico, has won the 2015 Claire Rosen & Samuel Edes Prize for Emerging Artists. This generous prize will help fund his exciting, ambitious work.
The work is planned to be a transmedia piece, utilizing many different elements such as field recordings, musical performances, and varying visuals to accompany the soundscapes, all derived from the town of Xilitia. Even the text for the songs will be created partially using excerpts from interviews with locals from the area.
Xilitia has international recognition for Las Pozas ("The Pools"), a post-utopia surrealist sculpture garden created by European artist and poet Edward James over several decades in the mid-twentieth century. But the 80 acres of exotic, dream-like gardens stand in stark contrast with the actual "rougher reality that Xilitia is, the actual town," according to Castillo Trigueros. Part of his goal for the song cycle is to capture this juxtaposition.
Read the press release from UChicago News.
Congratulations Francisco, we look forward to experiencing this work!