Quinteto Latino is a San Francisco Bay Area wind quintet with a mission to build community through Latino Classical Music: performance and advocacy. Founded in 2004 by French horn player Armando Castellano, this unique ensemble aims to expand the boundaries of a classical music tradition, commonly perceived as predominantly Euro-American, by performing works exclusively by Latino composers. Through our varied and innovative work in venues both traditional and nontraditional, we strive to make this music available, relevant, and inspiring to audiences across cultural, class, and ethnic lines. In addition, we use our organization as a tool to advocate on behalf of Latino composers and classical musicians through mentoring, commissioning, hiring and being a voice, both regionally and nationally, for issues around diversity and classical music.
We are committed assembly and teaching artists, having worked with students of all ages and ability levels in both English and Spanish. 2015-2016 residencies include San Rafael’s Enriching Lives through Music Program (funded by Chamber Music America), an instrumental based program serving the Canal District, as well as a Spanish language residency at San Jose’s River Glen (Spanish Immersion).
Our debut CD was released in 2011, Cien Años de Música Mexicana para Quinteto de Alientos/100 Years of Mexican Music for Wind Quintet. In October 2013, we hosted a Festival of Latin American Chamber Music, which involved concerts & community events in 4 San Francisco Bay Area cities where over 100 students and 17 professional chamber musicians, composers and musicologists participated from all over the world. Recent tours include Bronx NY, Tulsa OK and Virginia Beach VA. 2016-17 tours include Iowa, Illinois and Maryland. 2017-18 major projects include collaborations with San Juan Based Chicano theatre company Teatro Campesino and a commission by Latina composer Gabriela Lena Frank.
CELEBRATING LATIN AMERICAN COMPOSITION
Quinteto Latino champions Latino/a and Latin American composers as an essential part of a classical music tradition commonly perceived as predominantly Euro-American. Through commissioning and research, we advocate for more awareness and performances of new and existing works.
SUPPORTING EMERGING LATINO CLASSICAL MUSICIANS
As mentors and partners, Quinteto Latino works with other arts and educational organizations to help address ongoing racial and economic disparities within the professional classical music field. Young players of color need to know they’re not alone.
BUILDING BRIDGES IN THE COMMUNITY
Beyond performing formal chamber music recitals, Quinteto Latino also regularly engages culturally and economically diverse audiences in community centers from East San Jose to the South Bronx. They have performed literally hundreds of school assemblies in San Francisco and throughout Northern California.
Diane Grubbe | Flute
Diane Grubbe freelances throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a regular performer with Pocket Opera and has also appeared with the Stockton Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, Lamplighters, Festival Opera, and others. Drawn to the evolving tonal possibilities of the flute, Diane enjoys improvising as well as studying and performing new works. She often performs with the contemporary music ensemble sfSound, and has been a guest performer with Earplay, the Eco Ensemble, Santa Cruz New Music Works, and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. Diane holds Bachelor and Masters degrees in flute performance from San Francisco State University and the San Francisco Conservatory, respectively. Her instructors include Paul Renzi, Lloyd Gowen and Tim Day of the San Francisco Symphony; and Barbara Chaffe and Jim Walker of the San Francisco Ballet and Opera Orchestras. She has performed in masterclasses with Julius Baker, Heinz Holliger, Robert Dick and Robert Stallman.
Kyle Bruckmann | Oboe
Oboist Kyle Bruckmann’s widely ranging work as a composer/performer, educator, classical freelancer and new music specialist extends from conservatory-trained foundations into gray areas encompassing free jazz, post-punk rock, and the noise underground. Beyond Quinteto Latino, his current ensemble affiliations include Splinter Reeds, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, sfSound, Eco Ensemble, and the Stockton Symphony. Since moving to the San Francisco Bay Area from Chicago in 2003, he has performed as a substitute with the San Francisco Symphony and most of the area’s regional orchestras while remaining active within an international community of improvisers and sound artists, appearing on more than 80 recordings of various genres. He is now Assistant Professor of Practice in Oboe and Contemporary Performance at University of the Pacific, and also teaches at UC Santa Cruz, Davis and Berkeley. Bruckmann earned undergraduate degrees in music and psychology at Rice University in Houston, studying oboe with Robert Atherholt and serving as music director of campus radio station KTRU. He completed his Masters degree in 1996 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he studied oboe performance with Harry Sargous and contemporary improvisation with Ed Sarath.
Leslie Tagorda | Clarinet
Born and raised in Hawaii, clarinetist Leslie Tagorda received a B.M. in Clarinet Performance from the Eastman School of Music and an M.M. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. In her long career as musician, Leslie has worked as both educator and performer. In Hawaii, Leslie worked with the Royal Hawaiian Band, the Hawaii Opera Theater, and the Honolulu Symphony as a freelance clarinetist. In the Bay Area, Leslie has freelanced with regional orchestras including the San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Opera, Oakland East Bay Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic, Sacramento Opera, Modesto Symphony, Marin Symphony, Monterey Symphony, California Symphony, New Century Chamber Orchestra and Left Coast Chamber Ensemble. Currently Leslie concentrates her musical time to chamber music including Quinteto Latino. When not busy with music, Leslie runs a branding and design studio, New Moon Creative Co. where she weaves astrology and design into strategies for small businesses and nonprofits to lead with purpose and impact.
Shawn Jones | Bassoon
Bassoonist Shawn Jones, the newest member of Quinteto Latino, is a graduate of the Juilliard School and Rice University. He has performed as a member of the Colorado, Detroit, and San Francisco Symphonies as both a bassoonist and contrabassoonist. During the summers he has taught at the renowned Interlochen Arts Camp, performed with the Grand Tetons Music Festival Orchestra, traveled to Japan to perform with the Pacific Music Festival, toured Russia with the American Russian Youth Orchestra, and performed as a member of the Colorado Music Festival. Shawn is also very active as a freelance musician in the San Francisco Bay area, playing as a member of the Santa Rosa Symphony and Berkeley Symphony as well as a frequent Substitute with the San Francisco Ballet and Opera Orchestras. In addition to his skills as a bassoonist, he is also a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and black belt in Kung Fu. Shawn was born and raised in Miami, Florida and moved to the Bay Area in 2005.
Armando Castellano | French Horn
Armando Castellano is a musician and arts advocate who resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a French horn player he performs professionally in regional orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout Northern California. Much of his time is spent performing with and managing his chamber ensemble, Quinteto Latino, an organization that advocates for classical music by Latin American and Latino composers through performance and education. As a bilingual teaching artist he has taught and lectured students and teachers in both English and Spanish, throughout the U.S. He has been a chamber musician for nearly two decades, and during that time, has been the proud recipient of Chamber Music America’s Rural Residency and Residency Partnership grants. He currently sits on the Chamber Music America Board of Directors, has recently been selected to be Launchpad Artist by the Western Arts Alliance, and is also a member of its showcase selection committee. Armando graduated from UCLA where he studied with Bob Watt and Richard Todd and the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Erik Ralske and Jerome Ashby.
CD NOW AVAILABLE
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