Khemia /'kemēa/ n. 1. derived from the Ancient Greek word χημεία (khēmeia) meaning "cast together" 2. a new music ensemble based in the United States
Khemia is a 12-member music collective dedicated to the presentation of new contemporary concert music in innovative ways. Our core values are to present music as diverse as our membership and to engage with this music through multimedia performances. We foster collaborations among the arts by working closely with designers, visual artists, and writers as well as incorporating poetic, visual, and interactive elements in our performances. The members of Khemia Ensemble have come together across five countries from around the world: Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, China, and the United States to form an ensemble that seeks to diversify and share the music of living composers.
The ensemble has been featured on festivals and concert series such as Strange, Beautiful Music in Detroit, the third annual New Music Gathering, Latin IS America at Michigan State University and the Biennial New Music Festival at the National University of Cordoba. Khemia has held residencies at University of Michigan, Tufts University, Michigan State University, the National University of Bogota and the National University of Cordoba as well as two consecutive years at Avaloch Farms.
Khemia Ensemble's 2017-18 season will feature a performance at Strange, Beautiful Music, a 3-day festival of new music hosted by New Music Detroit. The ensemble will hold a week-long residency at Avaloch Farm's in New Hampshire culminating in two concerts in Canterbury and Boscawen.
“Khemia Lights” is a permanent installation for the ensemble and was created in a collaboration between Khemia member/composer, Bret Bohman, and the Cincinnati-based sound and visual production company Intermedio. The lights use audio-visual technology that responds live to the rhythm and intensity of the music we are performing, creating an exciting multi-sensory experience for the audience. Khemia used this technology to performed a series of interactive concerts throughout Cincinnati, Ann Arbor and Detroit venues.
Our second season titled "Roots," saw us present two concerts of Latin American music and music from the America's in addition to a residency at Avaloch Farms. En Espanol Festival at the University of Michigan in February and Latin IS America at Michigan State University in March highlighted the music of Marcos Balter, Mario Lavista, Gabriela Lena Frank, Alberto Ginastera and more. In May 2017, Khemia Ensemble performed at the third annual New Music Gathering at Bowling Green State University.
Khemia Ensemble at the National University of Colombia
One of the ensembles in-house permanent installation light figures