Damiana: Latin Meaning: One who tames; subdues. French and Greek Meaning: Untamed. People with this name have a deep inner desire to create and express themselves, often in public speaking, acting, writing or singing. They also yearn to have beauty around them in their home and work environment. People with this name are excellent at analyzing, understanding, and learning. They tend to be mystics, philosophers, scholars, and teachers.
Guitarist Dieter Hennings and flutist Molly Barth met through a mutual friend, Ricardo Zohn Muldoon. One of Ricardo’s major projects is an opera titled Comala. Of Comala, Ricardo writes, “The orderly flux of time has been derailed, and the borders between past, present, life, and afterlife have dissolved. Therefore, the dead and the living interact continuously. The living characters express themselves in normal speech, while the dead characters, including Damiana Cisneros, sing. The living act under the pressure of time, and seek immediate communication, whereas the dead, free from the bonds of time, reflect endlessly in song.” After both Dieter and Molly worked on Comala with Ricardo, they began to explore further the name Damiana, discovering that the name aptly describes both musicians.
Duo Damiana is focused on broadening the cutting-edge body of repertoire for flute and guitar. Composers featured include Chen Yi, David Lang, Hebert Vazquez, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Shafer Mahoney, Jean-Michel Damase, Michael Fiday, Toru Takemitsu, Jesse Jones, John Liberatore, Luca Cori, Marc Satterwhite, and Scott Perkins. In summer 2014, Duo Damiana mentored 97 young composers and numerous performers at the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, and performed at the National Flute Association Convention in Chicago, IL. Past tours have taken Duo Damiana throughout the United States and to Mexico, with emphasis on the Midwest and the Pacific Northwest regions of the United States.
Described as "ferociously talented" (The Oregonian), Grammy-Award winning flutist Molly Alicia Barth specializes in the music of today. In demand as a soloist, Molly has recently performed in Australia, Korea, and Mexico and has played solo recitals and led clinics at esteemed institutions including the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Cincinnati Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory and Northwestern University Bienen School of Music. Molly is the Associate Professor of Flute at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance.
Read more about MOLLY BARTH at her about me section
The musical endeavors of Dieter Hennings Yeomans span from new music on guitar to early music for lute, baroque guitar, and theorbo. Mr. Hennings has been a soloist with Canada’s New Music Concerts Ensemble, Tito Sccipa Orchestra of Lecce, Italy, Eastman BroadBand Ensemble, Eastman School Symphony Orchestra, the University of Arizona Philharmonia, the Orquesta Filarmonica de Monterrey among many others. Mr. Hennings has won several prestigious competitions including the 2008 Aaron Brock International Guitar Competition, 2005 Eastman Guitar Concerto Competition, the 2002 Villa de Petrer, Alicante (Spain) International Competition, the 2001 Portland Guitar Competition, among others.
Dieter is an active proponent of new music, particularly that of Latin America, having recently worked with composers Mario Davidovsky, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Juan Trigos and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon. Mr. Hennings has recently premiered works by composers Jake Bancks, Wes Matthews, John Aylward, Beth Wiemann, Hebert Vazquez, Luca Cori, Juan Trigos and Scott Worthington and many more. Hennings has received grants from the Howard Hanson Institute for American Music and the Fondo Estatal para la Cultura y las Artes to commission and premiere contemporary works for guitar.
Read more about DIETER HENNINGS at his website