About

Khemia is an 11-member classical contemporary music ensemble based in Michigan. Our goal is to create unique and singular concert experiences that present music we are passionate about in engaging and innovative ways. Our core values are to present music as diverse as our membership and to engage with this music through multimedia 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.  

In the Fall of 2014, Argentinian composer, Carolina Heredia, assembled a group of like-minded musicians with the goal of bringing unique concert experiences and fresh contemporary chamber music to places it has never been. By summer 2015, Khemia Ensemble launched a successful fundraising campaign to travel and provide free of charge residencies to two South American Universities: National University of Bogota (Colombia) and National University of Cordoba (Argentina).  As a part of these residencies, Khemia commissioned five works, three of which were written by South American composers.  We also participated in reading sessions of newly composed student’s works, and provided concerts and instrument master classes open to the public.  The newly commissioned music from this residency is featured on our inaugural album that was released in the Winter of 2016, “Voyages.”

The remainder of our 2015-2016 season centered around a Midwest album release tour that featured the premiere of our interactive lighting installation titled "Khemia Lights”. “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. 

     Now in our second season titled "Roots," Khemia Ensemble has presented two concerts of Latin American music and music from the America's and held 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 will perform at the third annual New Music Gathering at Bowling Green State University.

Khemia Ensemble at the National University of Bogota, Colombia

Khemia Ensemble at the National University of Bogota, Colombia

 
One of the ensembles in-house permanent installation light figures

One of the ensembles in-house permanent installation light figures