About a month ago, Jeff and I were able to visit Morelia, Michoacán for a few days and had a great time! Jeff was given the opportunity to do a composer’s residency in Morelia at CMMAS, which is the best electronic music studio in the country.
For people coming to CMMAS for residencies, they have a couple of rooms that you can rent for the week that are right across the street from the studio. Our room was gorgeous and my favorite feature of all was the sink!
The studio is located in the Casa de la Cultura, which houses several organizations for the arts and even offers some classes in art and music.
Another very important center for music in Morelia is the Conservatorio de las Rosas, a music school in the centro of the city. It is actually a very good thing that I didn’t go to school here because I don’t know how I would have gotten anything done! It is a beautiful location and I’m pretty sure I would have been happy to sit outside and just admire the scenery all day.
Though Morelia is a large city, we only walked around the centro area. As with all of the centros of the cities here in Mexico, there is a large cathedral and several government buildings. The cathedral in Morelia is especially beautiful, particularly when its lights are turned on at night.
One of the things I liked most about Morelia is that you can see the mountains from anywhere. I sometimes forget that we live in the mountains in the D.F. because a lot of times, you can’t see the mountains for the buildings. But the view from any place in Morelia was spectacular!
Though we had fun, we both did actually get work done! I was with Jeff Monday through Wednesday and while there, I went to the flute studio recital of a friend of mine that teaches at the Conservatorio de las Rosas, Wilfrido Terrazas. Wilfrido also very nicely invited me to come sit in on his lessons the following day and give comments to his students, which I really enjoyed doing. Jeff got a lot accomplished during his residency, but I will let him write more about that later! In the meantime though, here is a picture of Jeff working in the studio that he had to himself all week long.