The eight members of Khemia Ensemble have come together across five countries from the Americas: Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, 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, of which, three 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.
The members of Khemia hold degrees from the University of Michigan, New England Conservatory, University of Iowa, San Francisco Conservatory, Rice University and Hochschule fur Musik der Stadt Basel, Switzerland; and have served on the faculty of institutions such as the University of Michigan, University of Iowa and Eastern Michigan University.