Venezuelan Flute Player Brings Avant-Garde World Music to Berlin

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A collision between world heritages, art and technology

The Venezuelan flutist Orlando Cela will perform a concert of unaccompanied flute and flute with electronics at Zentrum Danziger50 in Berlin, Germany. The program will include European premieres of Australian, Greek and American composers.

Orlando will present works by Silvia Simons and Nickos Harizanos from the renown project "Extended", a challenge for composers worldwide to write pieces for flute with nothing but extended techniques. The evening will include compositions by Apostolos Paraskevas, Anthony DeRitis, the legendary Swiss composer and oboist Heinz Holliger, and a work for dizi (a Chinese flute) and electronics by Peter Koeszeghy.

Based in Boston, United States, Orlando is a busy international musician. As a flutist, he brings together world music with classical and contemporary repertoire. Orlando is also active as a conductor, having premiered works by Salvatore Sciarrino and Hèctor Parra in the U.S. Future engagements will take him to San Francisco, Beijing, New York and Paris, to name a few.

Orlando Cela was born in Caracas, Venezuela, where he lived until the age of 18, when he moved to the U.S. and studied for four years with Anne Reynolds at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. In 1997 he moved to Boston where he acquired two Master of Music degrees in flute and conducting from the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Paula Robison and Tamara Brooks. You can read more about him at his website:

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