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Love and Variations Project

Trio with AnandaOn April 25, 2008, to great acclaim, the Swara Sonora Trio gave the world premiere of the prominent Spanish-Indonesian composer Ananda Sukarlan’s song set “Love and Variations.”

The Trio followed this success by taking "Love and Variations" on tour to Indonesia in the summer of 2009. The Indonesian tour was a Peace Tour to raise funds to support the children of Indonesia through the UNICEF Indonesia Country Office.

In “Love and Variations,” a collection of 8 songs for soprano, baritone, and piano, composer Ananda Sukarlan has created musical settings of poetry by writers from five countries (Indonesia, Spain, Mexico, the US, and the UK), and in three languages. Each poem, and therefore each of the eight songs, depicts a different aspect or “variation” of love. Following the premiere, the work will be published internationally by Gramedia Publishing International.

The eight songs in “Love and Variations” are:

Snowflakes Poet: Henry W. Longfellow (United States)

Glass Conservatory Poet: Laksmi Pamuntjak (Indonesia)

Amor Eterno Poet: Gustavo Adolfo Becquer (Spain)
Dedicated to Leticia Martin & Ruben Rodriguez

Hours Continuing Long Poet: Walt Whitman (United States)
Dedicated to World Peace and Harmony

Kukirimkan Padamu Poet: Sapardi Djoko Damono (Indonesia)
Dedicated to Linda Jean Krueger

So We'll Go No More a Roving Poet: Lord Byron (Great Britain)

Kekasihku Poet: Joko Pinurbo (Indonesia)
Dedicated to our parents, and all parents everywhere who strive to raise their children well

Si tu me dices ¡ven! Poet: Amado Nervo (Mexico)

Ananda Sukarlan, composer
“One of the world's leading pianists and…at the forefront of championing new piano music,” according to the Sydney Morning Herald, Ananda Sukarlan is certainly Indonesia's most prominent composer as well. His works have been commissioned and performed by the Mozart 250 Years Festival in Monterrey, Mexico, Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music London, Indonesian Opera Society, Hong Kong Choir Festival and many private institutions. To celebrate Sukarlan’s 40th birthday, many events, documentaries, and TV interviews were organized and aired in 2008 in Hong Kong, Spain, Australia and Indonesia. For more information visit Ananda Sukarlan’s website: http://www.anandasukarlan.com.






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