Sidney boquiren, Guest composition

 Photo by M.J. Alcantara

Photo by M.J. Alcantara

Sidney Marquez Boquiren grew up in the Philippines and Saudi Arabia but has spent most of his adult life in the United States. He has collaborated with artists on various projects including Biblical illumination (folia ligni for Spark and Echo Arts); multi-media and multi-sensory art experience (The Gretel Project with Lauren K. Alleyne, Catherine Chung, and Tomiko Jones); and chamber opera (Independence Eve with Daniel Neer). He has received commissions from violinist Sarah Plum; American Modern Ensemble; NOISE; and The Parhelion Trio. He has also written commissioned works for ensemble amarcord (Germany); Voces Nordicae (Sweden); and The Voices of Davao (Philippines). He is one of 32 artists in the international roster invited to compose new solo piano works for Yael Weiss’s “32 Bright Clouds.” His compositions are often informed and influenced by his Catholic faith and Philippine identity. The current global and political climate has inspired him to write works that offer a personal response to social injustices. A MacDowell Fellow, Sidney is an Associate Professor in the Department of Music at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. He sings with the Ignatian Schola as well as the choir of The Church of St. Francis Xavier in Manhattan, New York.