James DeMars (1952 - ) has written works that frequently explore intercultural collaborations:
GUADALUPE: a bi-lingual opera in two acts (110’); winner of two 2015 Arizona Theater Awards for libretto and music.
"As the last notes faded I sat awestruck... this opera was a milestone in the history of contemporary music." Latino Perspectives
AN AMERICAN REQUIEM (75') for chorus, soloists & orchestra
"At the close of last night's premiere performance there could have been little doubt that James DeMars had met the standards of the death masses of Brahms and Britten; grand and spacious, stately, ethereal, glorious, inspired and quintessentially American, (it) speaks of untarnished dreams and naive yearnings; an intensely hopeful conjuration of all that is best about the nation's peoples." - Washington Post
TITO’S SAY, for chorus, soloists & orchestra: for soloists, poetry by Alberto Rios (25’)
"Four poems of skewed love set to pleasant and chatty music." - New York Times
NATIVE DRUMMING, two movements for the Black Lodge Pow-wow Singers & Orchestra (20’)
"...searingly honest, by turns mesmerizing, haunting, hair-raising and astonishing... just plain gorgeous in its sonics, with strings racing over the singer-drummers like a veil of night over the desert, and brass harmonies moving like sunlight across a mesa." - Arizona Republic
TWO WORLD CONCERTO for Native American flutist, R. Carlos Nakai (28’); winner of two Native American Music Awards.
"...on epic scale, sweepingly dramatic & rhythmically concise." Los Angeles Times
"...compelling... an ode to the unspoiled beauty of Minnesota lakes, forests and wildlife." Chicago Tribune
SABAR CONCERTO for African Drums & Orchestra for Mark Sunkett (22’)
"DeMars brings the orchestra into direct union with ritual music and dance from Senegal in a sonic travelogue, that was stunningly entertaining as well as culturally engaging." - Arizona Republic