- For Chamber Ensemble & Voice -

Desconocimiento (or "Lack of Knowledge") is a chamber piece that was written for the 2015 Black House Collective Workshop in Kansas City, MO. It was inspired by the poem Quien Sabe! by Peruvian poet Jose Santos Chocano. This piece has some melodies inspired by Huayno (a music style in Peru) and rhythms inspired by Festejo (another Peruvian music style) throughout the piece.

Performed by Hunter Long, Amanda DeBoer Barlett, Chris Wild, Maya Bennardo, Joe Tucker, Wendy Raines Grew, Russell Thorpe, Ashley Tini, Steven Landis, and Molly McLauglin.

Live recording on March 6, 2015 at the Kansas City Ballet Bolender Center.

Primeros Pasos

- For Jazz Orchestra -

Primeros Pasos (First Steps) combines the unique rhythms of Festejo and the sophisticated harmonic language of Jazz.

The rhythms of Festejo are based on polyrhythms - the three-against-two feel - and accents that fall on the first downbeat and then on upbeats. There are different permutations of the basic rhythms of Festejo throughout the piece, combined with extended chords - sevenths, ninths, and elevenths - that change in every section.

There are four well-defined sections in Primeros Pasos. The intro is slow and canonic, which represents the struggle that comes when we first try to walk. Dragging ourselves on the floor, falling down multiple times, and trying again and again until we can finally stand up and walk. The second section is upbeat and it represents the actual walking. The melodies in this section are inspired by Festejo standards that Paredes used to listen to when she was a little girl. The third section is more playful; we are running, jumping, and playing around in this one. There are more chord changes and broken-down melodies in this section than in others to represent playfulness. The last section after the climax takes us back to the second section when we were walking with some variations. The end is a reminder of when we started, and to not forget how far we have come.

This piece is dedicated to Paredes' niece Zoe, who was learning how to walk at the time.

Commissioned by Arturo O'Farrill's Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.

Performance on February 15th, 2014 by Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra in Symphony Space, New York. Featuring Freddy "Huevito" Lobaton on Cajón.


- For Orchestra -

This orchestral work is inspired by Marinera, a music genre from the northern regions of Peru. In particular, by the first Marinera song ever notated, Concha de Perla.

Reading by the Brooklyn College Conservatory Orchestra, conducted by George Rothman.

Recorded on May 9, 2013 at Whitman Theater in Brooklyn College, New York.