Drawing on her multi-cultural background, Alice Gomez has become internationally recognized for her Latino and Native American influenced compositions. Alice grew up in San Antonio, Texas, a city rich in cultural diversity, playing the drums in her father's Latin dance band. As a composer, her goal is to create works that capture the true spirit of ethnicity and communicate it in contemporary musical language. In creating new works, Alice strives to preserve and promote the traditions of her own Hispanic culture, as well as those of the many other cultures that she has embraced.
Alice served as Composer-in-Residence with the award winning San Antonio Symphony from 1993-96, creating new works to unite the symphony with the largely Hispanic community of San Antonio. She has received several ASCAP Composer's Awards, and is currently an Associate Professor of Music at San Antonio Community College where she teaches American Music, Percussion lessons and class percussion, and directs and arranges music for the Estudiantina and Latin jazz ensembles. As a percussionist, she has performed professionally with a variety of musical groups including The San Antonio Early Music Ensemble, The San Quilmas Consort, as an extra percussionist with the San Antonio Symphony, and as a sought after marimba and steel drum player in the San Antonio area. In addition to performing, she has lectured at several schools and universities throughout the United States. she has also served in an advisory capacity on panels for The National Endowment for the Arts and Meet The Composer, Inc.
ECHOES OF THE LAND BY ALICE GOMEZ
Award-winning composer and performer Alice Gomez paints a sonic portrait of the Native Southwest in her first new album in three years. Mellow flutes are framed by a rainbow of "world music" instruments. The result is a one-of-a-kind release perfect for movement and or meditation.
A collection of compositions featuring the flute and reflecting the cultural heritage of the Native
peoples of the Americas. The music ranges in scope from primal to symphonic and uses an array of
instruments including Native American drums and rattles as well as synthesizers. A unique sound is
created on various selections by several flutes playing in unison.
The 10 compositions on HEALER'S SUITE lead listeners into various aspects of Native flute music drawing on a variety of tribal influences including, Apache, Mayan and Lakota. HEALER'S SUITE frames the Native flute with "world" percussion, nature sounds and stringed instruments.
Take a seat in the healing circle as a master musician weaves a unique collection of Native-style flute music aimed at centering the spirit and body. In addition to flutes you will hear Native drums, rattles and string instruments.
Flutes, often playing in unison, take listeners
on a unique journey tracing the migrations of Native people from the American Great Plains to
the Andean mountains. Flutes are framed by a variety of instruments, including percussion,
guitar and synthesizer. Musicians are: Madalyn Blanchett featured on recorder, Alice Gomez and Marilyn Rife.
On OBSIDIAN BUTTERFLY the San Antonio Texas trio of Alice Gomez, Madalyn Blanchett and Marilyn Rife have created music inspired by the ancient rhythms and melodies of North, Central and South America. In the Aztec culture, "Obsidian Butterfly" is one of many female deities associated with the earth and its fertility. The music on this recording was created in celebration of the various splendors of the earth. Flutist Gomez is joined by various percussion instruments including marimba, wind chimes, rattles, congas, bongos and pow-wow drums. Weaving rhythms of the ancestors with Gomez's original melodies, OBSIDIAN BUTTERFLY gracefully spreads its wings and flies.
If you have ever picked up an Alice Gomez CD, you know that both the flute and composition work are her fortes; and that her music melds the sounds of the Native Southwest with the distinctive musical influences of the Tex-Mex border region. For RHYTHMS OF THE PATH, those aren't the only influences at play, this time around Gomez takes a more global approach, spicing up her rhythms with the sounds of the African conga drum and the Indian tabla. The results are marvelous - the music, which also uses the kalimba and some other pan-cultural instrumentation, has a decidedly African sound to it. At the same time, her characteristic Native flute is there to make sure that the music doesn't linger on the opposite of the Atlantic for too long. A great new direction for Alice Gomez, I hope she continues in this vein for future albums.
SKY PRAYER features over 70 minutes of earthy enchantment from flutist Alice Gomez, highlighting some of the greatest hits from her previous four releases on Talking Taco Records. Lush rhythms comprised of multi-layered flutes, Latin guitar and percussion are Gomez's trademark, offering listeners a dreamy expedition through the canyons of the Native Southwest. Among some of the gems on this release are "Red Sky," "Echoes of the Land," "Forgotten Empires," "Sierra Madre" and two new tracks - "Healing Earth" and "Magical Life."
Flute music inspired by Native American night chants and lullabies. Moods evolve
from upbeat to reflective using multiple flutes, ceremonial percussion instruments, Yaqui-style harp and
synthesizer. Musical influences include the Native peoples of the Great Plains as well as
Mexico, Central America and South America. For all ages.