Aspen Guard Station Artist in Residence to Offer Music Presentation

Release Date: Aug 26, 2010  

CORTEZ — Aspen Guard Station Artist in Residence Juantio Becenti of Cortez, an award-winning Navajo composer, will offer a free discussion on music at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, September 10th at the Cortez Cultural Center. Becenti will play a recorded selection from his Sonata for Solo Cello No. 1, which was inspired by his residency at the historic cabin last year. He will also discuss his thoughts on what music means to him, why it matters to society, and the music of other composers.

The Sonata for Solo Cello No. 1 will be performed later this fall in its entirety by Dawn Avery, a Grammy-nominated cellist, in the Washington D.C. area, a performance funded in part by the American Composers Forum's First Nations Composers Initiative.

Becenti, who is self-taught, has been composing music since he was 12 years old and has performed original music across the western states and Native American Indian reservations. His music has been premiered by the San Juan College Orchestra in Farmington, New Mexico, the Grand Canyon Music Festival, and in Dublin, New Hampshire, where he studied music for a summer on full scholarship at the Walden School of Music in 2000. His music is also featured in the documentary film, Two-Spirits.

Registration is not necessary for Becenti's presentation at the Cultural Center, which will take place two hours prior to the annual Aspen Guard Station Art Show Reception, which will be held that same evening at the Cultural Center, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Juantio at 970-570-2063 or