Projects, premieres and performances:
January 2023. The 2nd half of this season will be very busy: In March, the premiere of Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast in the Netherlands, in May the premiere of Como anillo al dedo, the premiere of Be Still, My Beating Heart, both in Madrid, and the premiere of One Fell Swoop in a concert dedicated to my music for cello in Granada (the program includes Symbolica for cello solo, Woman at a Window for violin and cello and A tientas for cello and piano). In June, the premiere of La grifa negra in Madrid.
December 2022. Two more works completed for upcoming premieres and recordings next season: A fin de cuentas, for flute, clarinet and cello (Mónica Raga, Gustavo Duarte and Martín García); and Como anillo al dedo, for clarinet and piano (David Salinas and Duncan Gifford). Cellist Alberto Martos, whose doctorate dissertation is on my music for cello, has organized an all-Greco program on 12 May 2023 at the Centro Federico García Lorca in Granada. The program will include my two works for solo cello, Symbolica and One Fell Swoop, my work for violin and cello, Woman at a Window, and my work for cello and piano, A tientas.
July 2022. The Metamorphoses Trio will premiere the piece I wrote for them, Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast, in the Netherlands on 19 March 2023. This work will also be performed next season by Antonio Lapaz (clarinet), Ana María Alonso (viola) and Rubén Yessayan (piano). And I have just finished a new work, La grifa negra, for these three performers plus soprano on poems by Julia de Burgos.
June 2022. 7 June: premiere of Anthology 101, work commissioned by the Spanish National Orchestra for the Satélites chamber music series. 30 June: Southern Comfort performed by Ana María Alonso, viola and Rubén Yessayan, piano at Madrid’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts, and be repeated in the 15th International Music Festival ‘Villa de Medinaceli’ on 16 July. Be Still, My Beating Heart, for clarinet and string quartet, will be premiered on 25 May 2023 at the Casino de Madrid by the Garaiz Ensemble: David Salinas, clarinet; Marta Hernando and Dobrochna Banaszkiewicz, violins; Rocío Gómez, viola; Susana Stefanović, cello.
May 2022. Columna Música has re-released my Movimiento Perpetuo CD, physical and streaming.
March 2022. Columna Música just released 3 digital albums of the music I created for Cloud Chamber’s trilogy: Private an Public Acts; vol.1 The Twilight Club, vol.2 Cantata, vol.3 Mis-en-Cadre. To stream on Spotify, go to the CDs page.
February 2022. Following the success of Visit Spain! in Bilbao last December with the fabulous Conrado Moya on marimba, I decided to write a new work for his marimba/piano duo which is now finished. It’s called Las ninfas de Nisa and Conrado’s duo will premiere the work next season. I’m also in conversation with the Columna Música label about a new digital recording of more of my music for dance which will be available for streaming only. The digital release will include all the music I made in 1988 for Cloud Chamber’s trilogy Private and Public Acts: The Twilight Club, Cantata and Mise-en-Cadre.
21 November 2021. Cellist Alberto Martos is writing his doctoral dissertation on my music for cello. For its presentation next year, he’s asked me to compose a cello solo piece for him. I started the work last week and it’s 2/3 complete. December 2: the work is finished.
Red letter day! Found out today that my concerto for marimba and 9 instruments, Visit Spain!, will be premiered on 29 December at the Philharmonic Society of Bilbao by percussionist Conrado Moya and the Bilbao Sinfonietta. And, my choral Offertorium, part of a collaborative Requiem Mass, will be premiered by the Coro Nur here in Madrid on 23 November.
2021/2022: New CD on IBS Classical by the Trío Musicalis featuring my trio for bass clarinet, violin and piano, Big Fun.
September 2021; Have just finished writing a piece for the Metamorphoses Trio: Jean Johnson (clarinet), Roeland Jagers (viola) and Ilona Timchenko (piano), to be premiered in November 2022 in the UK.
July 2021; Completed a new commission from the Spanish National Orchestra for its chamber music Satélites series to be premiered on 7 June 2022; for flute, percussion, violin, viola, cello and double bass.
February 2021; Have completed a chamber opera, with a Spanish libretto I’ve written, based on a short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Having acquired the necessary rights, the playwright/lyricist Patrick Ellsworth and I have created the musical Wild Strawberries, based on the Ingmar Bergman film. The 19 songs and the script were completed in 2019.
My CDs now available on the new classical music streaming site: Idagio
7 June 2022: World premiere of Anthropology 101; flute, percussion, violin, viola, cello, double bass; commissioned by the Spanish National Orchestra for the Satélites chamber music series; soloists from the Spanish National Orchestra; Auditorio Nacional, Madrid
29 December 2021: World premiere of Visit Spain! for marimba and 9 instruments; Conrado Moya and the Bilbao Sinfonietta conducted by Iker Sánchez: Philharmonic Society of Bilbao; Bilbao, Spain
16 October – 7 November 2021: Una sonrisa sin gato (suite) comes back to the Sala Gayarre of Madrid’s Royal Opera House; Tickets/Entradas
10 September 2021: World premieres of En vida and Alma, buscarte has en Mí; Anna Kabrera, soprano and Duncan Gifford, piano; Casa de Valencia, Madrid
24 June 2021: World premiere of The Intruder, my 4th string quartet, by the New York-based Momenta Quartet. Virtual concert streamed online and presented by the Americas Society.
17 April – 9 May 2021 Una sonrisa sin gato (suite) with choreography by Ferran Carvajal, decor and costumes by Elisa Sanz, presented by Madrid’s Royal Opera House; members of the Madrid Youth Orchestra; dancers: Sara Sanz, Anna Serra, Daniel Arencibia https://www.teatroreal.es/es/espectaculo/una-sonrisa-gato-suite
2021: Offertorium for SATB chorus; Coro Nur; Church of the Comillas Pontifical University, Madrid.
16 December 2020: Un beso; dance theater; Teatro Fernán Gómez, Madrid; text, Jorge Grunberg Merlin; stage direction, Rita Cosentino; violin, David Merlin; dance and choreography, Guadalupe Torres; recitation, Cecilia Ceriani;
17 February 2020: Judith Jáuregui performs Study in Stride at the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, Spain.
25 November 2019: Judith Jáuregui performs Study in Stride at the Víctor Villegas Auditorium and Congress Center in Murcia, Spain.
The Plural Enemble will be premiering my The Time Between on their Fall 2019 Spanish National tour: 14 Octuber, Sevilla – Festival Encuentros Sonoros, Espacio Turina; 10 November, Zaragoza – Festival de Ensembles, Auditorio de Zaragoza; 17 November, Palma de Mallorca – PHONA, Cicle de Noves Musiques de Mallorca
28 May 2019: Judith Jáuregui performs Study in Stride at the Residencia Universitaria Caja Badajoz in Badajoz (Spain).
18 May 2019: The Once and Future New Yorker: The Music of José Luis Greco; Wonderland, Some of My Best Friends Are (world premiere), When the World Was Still… (world premiere), These Dreams of You (world premiere); Risa Renae Harman, soprano; Mira Khomik, violin; Andy Lin, viola; Kate Dillingham, cello; Nelson Ojeda, piano; 8th Annual Queens New Music Festival; The Secret Theatre; 4402 23rd St, Long Island City, NY; https://www.ram-nyc.org/events/nelson-ojeda-presents-the-once-and-future-new-yorker-the-music-of-jose-luis-greco
13 March 2019: Joaquín Fernández (cello) and Joan Castelló (percussion) perform The Jewel of Istanbul at the Auditorio Nacional (Madrid) in the Satélites series of the Orquesta Nacional de España.
25 January 2019: Judith Jáuregui performs Study in Stride at the Auditorio Hospedería Fonseca in Salamanca (Spain).
3 January 2019: World premiere of Los payos también cantan (piano trio) by the Trío Arbós at the Auditorium of the Music Conservatory of Israel in Tel Aviv.
27 October 2018: Trío Musicalis performs Big Fun, for bass clarinet, violin and piano, in the Festival de Música de Tres Cantos at the Auditorio de Tres Cantos (Spain).
12 October 2018: World premiere of The Last Bohemian interpreted by Antonio Lapaz, clarinet; Mikolaj Konopelski, cello; and Duncan Gifford, piano; Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts, Brno, Czech Republic.