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CAMH Connects | J.E. Hernández

Join Mexico-born and Houston-based composer and cinematographer J.E. Hernández as he shares more about the process of creating the multidisciplinary work Voces Fantasmas which will be premiering at CAMH on Saturday, December 5. Voces Fantasmas is a narrative work focusing on 60 days that Hernández spent in a deportation detention center in 2013. He will share more about art, trauma, and what kind of process he went through to align this work to his past experience.

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About the Series

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, we’re doing everything we can to flatten the curve — but even though the museum is closed, and we’re working from home, we still talk to artists around the world every day. Here in Houston, in Italy, in China, in San Francisco … artists, like all of us, are weathering the coronavirus personally and professionally.

We will bring these conversations with artists — wherever they are — to wherever you are.


About the Artist

Composer and cinematographer J.E. Hernández (b. 1993) is a Mexican-born, Houston-based composer focusing on elevating personal and cultural narrative through his work. Hernández’s music has been featured by distinguished ensembles and organizations such as the Brazil National Orchestra, Apollo Chamber Players, Foundation for Modern Music, Exalted Arts, and in a wide variety of films, both in the United States and abroad (Slovakia, Mexico, U.K.). He holds his Bachelor of Music in Composition from the Moores School of Music where he studied with Marcus Maroney. 

Hernández’s work focuses on both traditional and multi-disciplinary mediums, and he has collaborated with directors, choreographers, and playwrights. His interest in incorporating his cultural heritage from both his native Tabasco, Mexico, and Houston, Texas led Hernández to create Concertia, a non-profit organization for social causes. Its mission statement reads; “To empower social causes through the prism of new music and multi-media art,” resonating with his goal as a composer to engage with the community at large. 

Recent and upcoming projects including Xul, a narrative focusing on the 60 days Hernández spent in a deportation detention center in 2013, commissioned by the Såo Paulo Contemporary Composer’s Festival in collaboration with the Brazil National Orchestra, Voces Fantasmas a work awarded the max grant for artistic individuals in Houston dedicated to people in immigrant facilities, an excerpt of which was streamed by the Kennedy Center for the Arts, and SHEER, a piano trio/film piece to be premiered alongside Ravel’s piano trio for a World War I memorial in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.