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Kanca and Kennedy Live at Carnegie Hall

by Jose Luis Gomez & International Youth Philharmonic

Exciting new orchestral compositions premiered at the world famous Carnegie Hall in New York City! Performed by YPhil (International Youth Philharmonic) conducted by Jose Luis Gomez.
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1. Kaku, Kupala (Fear in Neutral Buoyancy) [Live]
Jose Luis Gomez & International Youth Philharmonic
4:33 $0.99
2. Vox in Terra Suite: I. Overture (Live)
Jose Luis Gomez & International Youth Philharmonic
11:28 $0.99
3. Vox in Terra Suite: II. Anthem for September 11th (Live)
Jose Luis Gomez & International Youth Philharmonic
6:32 $0.99
4. Vox in Terra Suite: III. The Message (Live)
Jose Luis Gomez & International Youth Philharmonic
3:34 $0.99
5. Vox in Terra Suite: IV. Zeybek - Bar - Horon (Live)
Jose Luis Gomez & International Youth Philharmonic
8:18 $0.99
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Album Notes
YPHIL – International Youth Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Jose Luis Gomez

Recorded live at Carnegie Hall: September 27, 2015


The composition, a percussion feature written with full orchestra, was inspired by a shocking two-minute encounter that Kennedy had with a four-foot barracuda off the coast of Maui.

It was August 2001, while on a sight-seeing trip, snorkeling off the coast of Maui to observe the great sea turtles, when Kennedy encountered a Kaku, kupala — Hawaiian for large barracuda — just two meters to his left. The ominous fish remained motionless, starring at Sean while using its innate ability for maintaining neutral buoyancy. Terrified, Sean called out to his friend who was nearby ... but when he looked back to see if the barracuda was still there, it had vanished.

'Kaku, Kupala. Fear in Neutral Buoyancy' is a fusion of jazz, rock, and classical music — painting a picture in sound using specific rhythms and pitches as well as moments of free improvisation. The work features three percussionists who symbolize the composer's emotions while floating just below the surface of the Pacific Ocean: prior to, during, and after the encounter with the great fish. The percussionists switch frequently between reading specific notated rhythms to moments of free improvisation — adding the necessary elements of danger and surprise — making the piece come alive for both the performers and the audience.

VOX IN TERRA Suite, by Faruk Kanca

A multitude of ethnic instruments will be in harmony like a solo instrument, in a monotone but polyphonic manner. The first section will not only exhibit virtuosity skills of the concerto form but also be an overture given that the audience will meet with these instruments for the first time.

A somber movement featuring soothing vocals, to help heal the wounds from a terrible moment in the history of the world.

This movement stands for the hope of unity and peace among all nations, religions and peoples.

This final movement combines a rich flow of tunes from Anatolia. This movement includes examples of zeibek, bar, Anatolian Folk Dance, and horon and brings these cultures together in rousing finale.

The Artists

José Luis Gomez arrived at the Tuscon Symphony Orchestra after catapulting to international attention when he won First Prize at the International Sir Georg Solti Conductors Competition in Frankfurt in September 2010 securing a rare unanimous decision from the jury. He was immediately appointed Assistant Conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, a post created especially for him by his mentor, Paavo Jarvi, and the orchestra. José Luis Gomez made his TSO debut in October, 2014 conducting a work by one of his favorite composers, Nielsen’s Symphony No. 2, “The Four Temperaments,” and Chee-Yun in the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. He returned in 2015-16 conducting Amit Peled performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto, the Classic Series program, Fountains of Life: Respighi and Strauss, and the new Family Series with the TSO’s first performance of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf since 2002. This season sees Gomez make his Carnegie Hall debut and as his Moscow State Conservatory debut as well.

Gomez started his musical career as a violinist, and by the age of 11 he was Concertmaster of the Youth Orchestra of Zulia State - part of El Sistema de Orquestas Juveniles de Venezuela. He graduated in music and violin from the Manhattan School of Music in New York before embarking on a European orchestral career. Deciding to follow his dream to have more creative input and influence on musical direction he took conducting lessons from Lu Jia, Muhai Tang and John Nelson. After just six months of studying conducting he went on to win the Georg Solti competition.

Since then he has worked with the RTVE National Symphony Orchestra of Madrid, Houston Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa, Hamburg Symphony, Basel Sinfonietta, Orchestra of Castilla y Leon, Orquesta Sinfonica do Porto, Grand Rapids Symphony, Macao Symphony and the Orchestra 1813 Teatro Sociale di Como with whom he also led performances of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni, to name a few.

This season sees Gomez make his Carnegie Hall debut conducting the YPhil International Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as his Moscow State Conservatory debut. He also returns for much anticipated concerts with the Tucson and Colorado Symphony Orchestras and conducts the widely televised New Years Eve concert in Sofia with soprano Federica Lombardi.

Recent symphonic highlights included debuts with Royal Liverpool and Rochester Philharmonic; Colorado, Vancouver, Edmonton, Pasadena, Tucson, New Zealand and the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestras; and Sinfonia Varsovia; as well as invitations to Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon, Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira and Elgin Symphony Orchestra. José also conducted the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra in their New Year concert and several educational projects.

Opera highlights have included La Bohème at Frankfurt Opera and a new production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola at Stuttgart Opera, of which he also conducted the revival in the following season, La Forza del Destino in Tokyo with the New National Theatre, Le Nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni with Teatro Sociale di Como, with whom he also closed the 13/14 season with a spectacular production of Cavalleria rusticana

Maestro Gomez was the principal conductor of the Orchestra 1813 Teatro Sociale di Como between 2012 and 2015

YPHIL-International Youth Philharmonic Orchestra envisions including more than 100 young musicians from more than 70 different countries for its first year. Young musicians between the ages of 18 to 26 will come from a wide range of cultural, linguistic, ethnic and religious backgrounds to take part in this ensemble. Creating this festival of peace and fraternity will empower the voices of our youth, promote peace and dialogue, and raise awareness for universal youth issues. Through new and traditional social media, the Youth Philharmonic will reach out to millions of people to convey its powerful musical message.

SEAN J. KENNEDY, composer
Sean J. Kennedy is a multi-faceted musician, equally accomplished on the stage, in the recording studio, and in the classroom. He has released four critically acclaimed CDs: Road to Wailea, Outta' Here, Hey! Where's My Tux?! and Queen Anne’s Revenge (featuring Bob Mintzer and Liberty DeVitto). Jazz legend Dave Brubeck stated that Sean’s drumming, “… sounds like it should—it swings!”

Working as a freelance drumset and percussion artist, Sean has made several appearances on NBC television and ABC’s Good Morning America live from Times Square in New York City. He has performed on drumset and percussion with The Philly POPS! Orchestra, The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, The Jacksonville Symphony, The Strauss Symphony of America, The Allentown Band and has been the principal drumset player with the Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale since 2005, and can be heard on their CD, Celebrate the Sounds of the Season, as well as the group’s new DVD, Sing Choirs of Angels. Kennedy is also a member of the Philadelphia based Hickory Brass. He has also appeared on Broadway at the Beacon Theatre, with Tommy Tallarico and the Video Games Live Orchestra, and on some of the nation’s most prestigious stages, including The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in Washington, D.C.; Avery Fischer Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, in New York City; The Music Center at Strathmore, in Bethesda, Maryland; The Electric Factory; World Cafe Live; the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall; The Academy of Music, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen at Disneyland. Since June 2011, one of Sean’s jazz groups, The KAV Trio, has been the official band of The Philadelphia Phillies’ pre-game show, Behind the Pinstripes with Scott Palmer, with frequent performances at Citizens Bank Park and on Phillies.com.

A sought-after composer, Sean has been commissioned on several occasions to create regional and state-level audition pieces, and has taught elementary through university-level music students throughout the United States. An original orchestral composition by Kennedy entitled, Kaku, Kupala. Fear in Neutral Buoyancy, had its world premiered on September 27, 2015, at the world famous Carnegie Hall in New York City. This new exciting work was commissioned and performed by the YPHIL-International Youth Philharmonic Orchestra at the "Concert for Global Peace", conducted by maestro Jose Luis Gomez. At home in the Philadelphia area, he is a secondary level instrumental music teacher, as well as a college-level music instructor and has taught, consulted and judged scholastic marching percussion and jazz bands through-out the region since 1989.

Further, Kennedy has written two drumset method books with rock drumming legend Liberty DeVitto, titled Camp Jam: Rock Solid: Drums and I Used to Play Drums: An Innovative Method for Adults Returning to Play. Additionally, he has written a jazz improvisation series with famed saxophonist, Richie Cannata, titled Improvising and Soloing—In the Pocket. His latest release from Alfred Music is Sixty Second Solos an exciting introduction to solo percussion performance, already receiving glowing endorsements from the likes Dame Evelyn Glennie, and winning 2nd Runner Up in the 2015 DRUM! Magazine Readers Poll; the DRUMMIES.

Having received multiple honors and distinctions throughout his career, Kennedy was honored as a distinguished Alumni of The West Chester University School of Music on the college's online Spotlight Series in 2016. Kennedy has a B.S. in Music Education and an M.M. in Percussion Performance from West Chester University, and is an Artist Endorser for Zildjian Cymbals, Ludwig Drums, Musser Percussion, Vic Firth Drumsticks, Casio Keyboards and Evans Drumheads. He is also a member of the American Federation of Musicians, is a registered composer, songwriter, and publisher with Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), and is a voting member of the Recording Academy (NARAS).

FARUK KANCA, composer
Faruk Kanca is a multi-talented Turkish born composer, conductor, music teacher, music director, writer, pianist and a businessman. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Ondokuz Mayis University, a master’s degree Music Composition from Robert Schumann Musikhochschule, a second Master’s degree in Music Education from Ataturk University, as well as a PhD in Music Composition from Robert Schumann Musikhochschule and Music Education from Gazi University.
Faruk Kanca’s has taught piano, composition, harmony and musical form at both Ataturk and Gazi Universities. He has performed extensively as a pianist and conductor in Turkey, NY, Italy, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Belgium, Denmark, Amsterdam, Finland, and Norway. In 2012, he was the creator, composer and Musical Director of the World Peace Orchestra. He has published three books including Mozart ve Mehter (Mozart and Member of Janissary Band), Din ve Müzik (Religion and Music), and Müziğin Doğuşu (Origin of Music). In January, 2015, he founded Kanca Media, and he is one of the Artistic Board Member of Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.


YPhil - International Youth Philharmonic

Jose Luis Gomez

Faruk Kanca
Sean J. Kennedy

Librarian/Personnel Manager
Gokce Erem

Gabriela Anna Opacka
Gracia Maria Castillo Barahona
Huseynali Huseynaliyev
Jesus Augusto Alva Gonzales
Joselyn Gigy Devi Mariotti
Juan Ignacio Lopez Garcia
Kukkamari Aleksandra Grondahl
Lia Rusu
Marco Misciagna
Omar Mauricio Barbon Mojica
Sabina Alikperova
Sanchir Khaliun

Andrei Popa
Firat Tas
Maja Van Dyk
Marco Scandurra

Anastasiya Filipenka
Isak Haracic
Joanna Agata Latala
Jose Pedro Romero Ottonello
Kassandra Lizeth Henriquez Martinez
Tseu/Stephen Tze Jie

Amr Ibrahim Ahmed Salem Seif
Claudia Elizabeth Peñailillo Villegas
Omid Seyed Mousavi
Stevan Jovanovic

Ana Laura Dominguez Fernandez
Martina Kustarova

Zsofia Eredics

Arturas Sukys
Bernhard Karl

Alessandro Alunno

French Horn
Alanna Christine Muchowski Macfarlane
Glen Zammit
Hanna Andrea Yesmine Peters
Yi-Ru Huang

Emily Louisa-May Mitchell
Israfil Rasulov
Julius Samuel Stein-Supanich
Mikhail Bachyla

Dante Danilo Batista Samudio
Esteban Mendez Chaves
Yiliang Zhang

Edgar Alberto Dutary Barrios

Isaac Fernandez Hernandez
Jean Pierre Cassar

Vocal, Soprano
Ellen Kachlishvili

Elvis Josue Bendana Rivas

Flamenco Guitar
Khalil Jemaa

Alona Maman

Larissa Andrea Johnson

Ha Thai Dam

Gullu Suleyman Turk

Pan flute
David Andres Arturo Diaz

Altug Kanca
Omer Kanca

Mehmetcan Atali

Dika Dzikriawan

Jearim Lee

Recorded live
Recorded by Kanca Media
Mixing and Mastering by Selim Topsakal
September 27, 2015
Carnegie Hall
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
57th Street and Seventh Avenue
New York City



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