The Nashville-based Cristina Spinei writes music which pulses with the rhythmic energy of the American minimalist tradition – ‘pulling a lot out of only a little material’, as one reviewer put it. As a result, she is much in demand with choreographers and has been commissioned by companies including the Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Nashville Ballet, Gallim Dance, New Dialect, and the New York Choreographic Institute. Her collaboration with choreographers was most recently highlighted on her debut album, Music for Dance, released by Toccata Classics.
Her boundary-bending works have been commissioned, performed, and recorded internationally by adventurous new-music ensembles and symphony orchestras including Cincinnati Sound Box, Gateway Chamber Orchestra, Intersection, the Metropolis Ensemble, the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Guanajuato, Orchestra of Uruguay OSSODRE, New York Chamber Music Festival, Racine Symphony Orchestra, St. Michel Strings, and Trio Céleste, among others.
"Hypnotically rhythmic and melodically pleasing." — MusicWeb International
"...there's also a strong lyrical streak in this music, and an open, folk-like feeling that makes one think of Copland, Villa-Lobos or Piazzolla. Mixed with a good dollop of pop music, which of course the last three composers all included in their own music, Spinei's music comes out sounding like Spinei. And that's the sign of a composer to watch out for in the future." — Dean Frey, Music for Several Instruments
The Nashville Ballet has invited Cristina back to continue her collaboration with choreographer Jennifer Archibald on an evening-length work, Superstitions. Composed for violin, cello, piano, and electric bass, Superstitions blends electronic sounds and acoustic instruments in a haze of driving rhythms and loops.
OCTOBER 18-20, 2018
TPAC’S POLK THEATER
Seven Deadly Sins concept and choreography by Christopher Stuart
Music written and performed live by k.s. Rhoads and Ten Out of Tenn
Back by popular demand, Christopher Stuart’s exhilarating collaboration with Nashville singer-songwriter collective Ten Out of Tenn exposes the most sinister side of society as the protagonist confronts his demons in a performance that will haunt viewers long after the curtain falls. Challenging the viewer’s perceptions of ballet, Jennifer Archibald’s Superstitions blends the precision, technicality and athleticism of tradition with contemporary dance styles as Cristina Spinei’s composition mirrors the convergence of past and present.