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. 2016-17 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 in the San Francisco Bay Area and has performed with Pocket Opera, Napa Valley Symphony, Golden Gate Opera, Lamplighters, Lyric Opera, Festival Opera, Symphony Silicon Valley and others. Diane has appeared as flute and piccolo soloist with the Siena Music Festival in Italy, the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra and the Calabasas Chamber Orchestra in Southern California, with whom she recorded the Vivaldi Piccolo Concerto for their CD, The Baroque Concerto. Drawn to the evolving tonal possibilities of the flute, Diane enjoys studying and performing contemporary works. Notable performances include the US premiere of John Wolf Brennan’s solo flute piece, Drei ver-flix-te Stücke and an appearance in the Bay Area retrospective of Pauline Oliveros’ work, where she performed Trio for Flute, Piano and Page Turner with Sarah Cahill and Monique Buzzarté. She has been a guest performer with contemporary music groups sfSound, Earplay and the Eco Ensemble. 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 and composer/performer Kyle Bruckmann’s creative work extends from a Western classical foundation into gray areas encompassing free jazz, electronic music and post-punk rock. He has worked with the San Francisco Symphony and most of the Bay Area’s regional orchestras while remaining active within an international community of improvisers and sound artists, appearing on more than 60 recordings. In addition to Quinteto Latino, his ensemble affiliations include the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Eco Ensemble, Splinter Reeds, the Stockton Symphony, and acclaimed new music collective sfSound. From 1996-2003, he was a fixture in Chicago’s thriving underground music scene; long-term projects include Wrack (winner of a 2012 Chamber Music America New Jazz Works award), the electro-acoustic duo EKG, and the avant-punk monstrosity Lozenge. Bruckmann earned undergraduate degrees in music and psychology at Rice University in Houston, studying oboe with Robert Atherholt, serving as music director of campus radio station KTRU, and achieving academic distinction as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. 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 attended the Eastman School of Music where she received a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance. She continued her education and completed her Master’s in Music at the University of Hawaii. In Hawaii Leslie worked with the Royal Hawaiian Band as Associate Principal and E-flat Clarinetist, with the Hawaii Opera Theater, and with the Honolulu Symphony as a freelance musician. She has taught clarinet since 1992 and was the clarinet professor for the Continuing Education program of the University of Hawaii. Leslie performed as the featured Guest Artist for Nova Music at the University of North Texas in 2001. In the Bay Area, Leslie freelances with various regional orchestras including the Oakland-East Bay Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic, Sacramento Opera, Modesto Symphony, Marin Symphony, Monterey Symphony, California Symphony, New Century Chamber Orchestra, and the San Francisco Ballet. When not busy with music, Leslie runs her own branding and design company, FLAIR-Designs where she explores the many parallels between design and music including theory (color/harmonic), rhythm, texture, timbre, and emotional drivers.
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 currently performs 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 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 was recently transplanted 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.
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