“For years I was EXTREMELY religious (one of my ambitious, in the fourth or fifth grade, was to grow up to become Pope!). Then, in 2001, motivated by the conclusion of my doctoral studies, I began reading scholarship about Jesus Christ and Christianity. Nobody told me that this was almost always a fatal step for faith and, predictably, mine eroded and evaporated in a cloud of logic. Sacred Cows is a delayed reaction to that journey. It is a set of quasi-pop songs (well, my attempt at appropriating popular tropes, anyway) dealing with doubt and the ills of unquestioning spirituality. Don’t get me wrong: spirituality is fine! I’m all for it! And, in the end, I heed the words of Buddha at the end of Sacred Cows: Question everything; find your own light. Sacred Cows was written for Great Noise Ensemble.” –Armando Bayolo

About composer Armando Bayolo:

Born in 1973 in Santurce, Puerto Rico to Cuban parents, composer Armando Bayolo be-gan musical studies at the age of twelve. At sixteen he went on to study at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan, where he first began the serious study of composition. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (B.M. 1995), where his teachers were Samuel Adler, Joseph Schwantner and Christopher Rouse; Yale University (M.M. 1997), where he studied with Roberto Sierra, Jacob Druckman, Ingram Marshall and Martin Bresnick; and the University of Michigan (D.M.A. 2001) where he studied with Michael Daugherty, Bright Sheng and Evan Chambers.

Mr. Bayolo’s music, which the Washington Post hailed as radiant and ethereal, “full of lush ideas and a kind of fierce grandeur (which unfold) with subtle, driving power;” and which the Charlotte Observer says “deserves to be played many more times and in many more places” encompasses a wide variety of genres including works for solo instruments, voices, chamber and orchestral music. Mr. Bayolo is the recipient 2008 Brandon Fradd fellowship in music from the Cintas Foundation and has received grants and awards from the Fromm Music Foundation of Harvard University, the states of Iowa and North Carolina arts council, Hamilton College, the Minnesota Orchestra Composers Institute and the American Composers Forum. He lives outside of Washington, D.C. with his wife and two daughters.

For more about Armando Bayolo, visit his website: www.armandobayolo.com