An Eastern Washington University chamber group was invited to showcase their talent the week of Oct. 27- Nov. 5, when they performed in an international music festival featuring first-class musicians from around the world.
The Festival Internacional de Musica de Camara is an annual music festival held at the Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia. Each year, outstanding musicians from various countries are selected to participate based on the quality and level of their performance.
The Brahamas, a piano quartet consisting of EWU music majors, were invited to perform in this year’s eighth annual festival, following careful selection from an audition process.
Coached by Dr. Jody Graves, director of piano studies at EWU, the Brahamas consists of Ethan Seid (violin), James Marshall (viola), Tim Gales (cello), and Cristian Garcia (piano).
As featured guest artists and the only group invited from North America, each student was given the opportunity to present a lecture series to students and faculty from the Universidad and surrounding areas, as well as perform concerts in Barranquilla and Cartagena.
“This opportunity opened the door for these students who are incredibly gifted,” said Graves. “It gave them a chance to go somewhere else in the world, take their talent and share it with like-minded people from another culture.”
Graves also performed, taught a master class and presented The Heart of Performance, a lecture series focused on purpose and intention. Given to roughly 60 university students, Graves spoke about a range of topics, including musicians overcoming performance anxiety to love and take pride in the music they share.
“Through this experience, we had great conversations with the Universidad del Norte’s music director that, in turn, will allow us to exchange more experiences with students and faculty from both directions,” said Graves. “These relationships are developed beautifully through the universal language of music.”
Having won second place in the 2017 collegiate chamber music MTNA competition, this music festival was another opportunity for the Brahamas to proudly share their hard work and success with fellow musicians on an international level.