New recording

In 2008, the Conservatory (CMPR) and its Chancellor, Maria del Carmen Gil, helped commission a wonderful new piece by Sonia Morales-Matos (Ricardo Morales’ sister) which I premiered at the Kansas City ClarinetFest. Titled Divertimento Caribeño #2, it is a 6-minute Latin romp, including a section in which the clarinetist plays bongos. I am thrilled to soon be recording this fabulous contribution to our repertoire, funded by a grant from the Aaron Copland Foundation. More details to come!
U P D A T E : Sonia Morales’ Divertimento Caribeño is recorded and edited! Clarinet, bongos and piano! Stay tuned!

Caribe Clarinete

Caribe Clarinete

This is a unique and varied collection of seven works for clarinet by Puerto Rican composers, blending classical and Latin styles. The first and last tracks are traditional "Danzas," the latter depicting teenagers (the clarinet being the girl, and the trombone a boy) flirting over the internet. Three works are for clarinet alone: "Voces del Barrio," (which sounds like salsa, montuno, and plena at times,) the meditative "Crepúsculo," and Roberto Sierra's evocative "Cinco Bocetos." The other two selections are a sonata based on folk idioms, and a character piece. Notes in English and Spanish give the listener a better appreciation of this fascinating repertoire.

Latin Grammy Logo Caribe Clarinete was recorded in 2007-08, during a sabbatical Ms. Jones was granted by the CMPR, and was produced with additional support from the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture and the Luis A. Ferre Fine Arts Center. CMPR colleagues Diana Figueroa, piano, and Luis Fred, trombone, collaborate.

Voces del Barrio, by Alfonso Fuentes, received a 2009 Latin Grammy nomination in the category of Best Classical Work of the Year.

Samples

Sara: Danza Puertoriqueña -- Angel Mislán; arr. David Bourns

Sonata en la menor Allegro vivace-- Jack Delano

Voces del Barrio Prikitín pin pon-- Alfonso Fuentes

Netiquette Danza Puertoriqueña-- Fernando Medina Cáceres

 

In March of 2009, Caribe Clarinete was ranked fifth of the 20 most outstanding Puerto Rican 2008 recordings by the National Foundation for Popular Culture, based in San Juan. Read on from their press release! (English translation follows)

Producciones mas sobresalientes de Puerto Rico 2008

jueves 5 de marzo de 2009

San Juan, Puerto Rico - La Fundación Nacional para la Cultura Popular dio a conocer su selección de las 20 producciones discográficas.
...
5. Kathleen Jones: Caribe Clarinete -- Productor: Kathleen Jones -- Kklarinet
...

Desde hace décadas, el clarinete ha sido echado a menos como instrumento estelar en el ambiente discográfico nacional. Las grabaciones que destacan su sonido agudo y dulce son escasísimas. Por eso, este trabajo es tan importante. Más aún si la ejecutante es nada menos que la profesora de este instrumento en el Conservatorio y miembro prominente de la Sinfónica de Puerto Rico. El repertorio consiste de seis obras clásicas de compositores puertorriqueños, más un bello arreglo para clarinete y piano creado por David Bourns de la danza "Sara", de Ángel Mislán. La pianista Diana Figueroa y el trombonista Luis Fred comparten con la profesora Jones en este maravilloso trabajo.

20 most outstanding Puerto Rican productions of 2008

Thursday, March 5, 2009

San Juan, Puerto Rico—The National Foundation for Popular Culture made known its selections for the 20 outstanding recording productions
...
5. Kathleen Jones: Caribe Clarinete -- Producer: Kathleen Jones -- Kklarinet
...

"For decades, the clarinet has been missed as a star instrument in the national discographic ambience. The recordings that highlight its high and sweet sound are very rare. Because of this, this work is so important. Further, the performer is no less that the professor of this instrument in the Conservatory and a prominent member of the Puerto Rico Symphony. The repertoire consists of six classic works by Puerto Rican composers, plus a beautiful arrangement for clarinet and piano created by David Bourns of the danza "Sara" by Angel Mislán. The pianist Diana Figueroa and the trombonist Luis Fred share with Professor Jones in this marvelous work."

 

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Price: $ 15 plus $ 5 shipping and handling.
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Selected Studies - Voxman

Selected Studies -- "Your New Practice Partner©"

Released in March of 2010, this two-CD set includes all the 52 Selected Studies, edited by Himie Voxman, published by Hal Leonard Corporation, and recorded with their permission. The Studies are organized with a slow and fast selection in each key up to six sharps and six flats.

For Teachers, Students and any serious clarinetist

These unspliced recordings, made by Kathleen Jones, currently the principal clarinetist of the Puerto Rico Symphony, while on sabbatical granted by the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music during 2007-08, are intended for repeated listening, prior to and during the preparation of the Studies, as in the Suzuki Method, which has revolutionized string pedagogy.

"From this writer, who thinks the Selected Studies for Clarinet is the best, most complete book of etudes for clarinet currently available, here’s hoping that these recordings will help you reach new levels, and enjoy it!"
Kathleen Jones

Samples

CD1 - Track 1 C-Major

CD1 - Track 18 D-Major

CD1 - Track 19 B-Minor

CD2 - Track 6 F-Minor

CD2 - Track 9 C#-Minor

CD2 - Track 26 D#-Minor

"I thought your performances of the studies were truly excellent--you play very musically with real personality and a lovely even quality of sound throughout."

Dr. Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, Distinguished Professor of Music, Michigan State University

 

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Roberto Alagna and friends - live in Puerto Rico

Roberto Alagna and friends - live in Puerto Rico

This DVD was made by CulturArte de Puerto Rico from the live recording of Roberto Alagna singing with the Puerto Rico Symphony on February 7, 2004 in the Luis A. Ferré Centro de Bellas Artes in San Juan.

That said, you would expect to see Roberto Alagna when the disc starts—not so! First you get three minutes of Kathleen Jones playing the beautiful clarinet solo opening of the third act of Verdi’s La Forza del Destino, conducted by Eugene Kohn. Opera News called her work "superb" and says "Kohn leads a fine orchestra."

Oh, also appearing are Roberto Alagna, Nathalie Manfrino, Kate Aldrich,and Cristopher Schaldenbrand (tenor, soprano, mezzo-soprano and baritone, respectively) in arias by Verdi, Bizet, Massenet, Delibes, Bellini, Donizetti, and Arrieta, with two bonus tracks including Inconsolable, by Rafael Hernandez, and Puccini, with Eugene Kohn at the piano.

Sample

Verdi -- La Forza del Destino

 

Sonata Boricuotica

Sonata Boricuotica, by Carlos Alberto Vazquez

The composer asked pianist Felix Rivera Guzmán and me to record this interesting work in October of 1996 for a 2-CD collection he put together for the Forum of Caribbean composers.
Other works in the set are by Carlos Cabrer, Roque Cordero, Ernesto Cordero, Orlando Jacinto Garcia, Jorge Luis Acevedo, Manuel Carcache, Gustavo Matamoros, Juan Blanco, Luis Manuel Alvarez, Alejandro Jose, Alfredo Rugeles, and German Caceres.
Felix and I presented the Sonata in the February 21st 2010 Casals Festival "Cameristas" concert. It is a nice piece, whose title reflects that a Boricua (Puerto Rican) wrote it for a Tica (Costa Rican clarinetist Yamileth Pérez). Here are a few samples of our recording; more information can be found on the composer’s website www.carlosalbertovazquez.com.

Samples

Mistico Y Ceremonioso-Marcado

Adagio Tropical

Allegro Ritmico

 

Roberto Sierra - Chamber Works

Cinco Bocetos by Roberto Sierra

Kathleen Jones commissioned this unaccompanied work in 1984 to play in London at Pamela Weston’s International Clarinet Congress in August. The first performance was given at the Robert Marcellus Master Classes in June of 1984. This recording is on Sierra’s disc entitled Chamber works (Musica de camara,) released in 1987 by VRAS Productions. The ending of the fifth Boceto (Sketch) is according to the second version Sierra wrote. The published edition (recorded on Caribe Clarinete) is the third version. [Website Roberto Sierra]

Sample

Roberto Sierra -- Cinco Bocetos

 

Sabios Árboles, mágicos árboles

Sabios Árboles, mágicos árboles

Jack Delano, who was born in Russia, raised in Philadelphia, and lived all his adult life in Puerto Rico, authored and illustrated a charming little book, meant to encourage an appreciation of trees on the earth. It was turned into a filmed cartoon by the Conservation Trust (Fideicomiso de Conservación de Puerto Rico,) for which Jack wrote the music, asking Camerata Caribe to record it. The result is a charming film, available in English and/or Spanish on DVD. The music (scored for flute, clarinet, bassoon, percussion and piano) can be played in concert version, being premiered in a Camerata Caribe concert at the Conservatory on November 29, 1987.

Sample

Jack Delano -- Sabios Árboles

 

Symphony #9 by Gustav Mahler

Symphony #9 by Gustav Mahler, recorded by the
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti conducting.

I will never forget the 1982 April night in Evanston when the phone rang and the voice said "Hi, Kathy, this is Larry Combs. Are you a member of the Union?" I answered that I could be by 9 a.m. the next morning. I was working on my master's degree in clarinet performance at Northwestern University, and Larry, the principal of the CSO, knew my work from Civic Orchestra, in which I had been playing in since September of 1981. I had already done the paperwork to join the Chicago Musicians Union, and being asked if I wanted to play third clarinet on Mahler 9 under Solti was reason to take an early morning "el" downtown and finish the process. It was a fabulous experience! Solti's eagle-eye, no-nonsense demeanor got wonderful results. I''ll also never forget Larry’s comment at the break of the first rehearsal — "See how much fun it is to play in a great orchestra?" And it was a thrill - - the rehearsals, the pension fund concert, and the recording. If you know when to listen, you can hear one trill by the third clarinet on the recording.