Written in 1933 Ocho por Radio" contains all the hallmarks of Silvestre Revueltas' compositional style: rhythmic vigor, a Stravinskian harmonic language, and a distinctly Mexican folk flavor. The title translates roughly as Eight on Radio" and was originally written for eight players' radio performance. Argentine tango composer Astor Piazzolla's Oblivion," that was originally written for the soundtrack of the 1984 movie Enrico IV (Henry IV), has taken on a life of its own as a popular Argentine ballad. Possibly the best known classical composer born in South America, Heitor Villa Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras Nos. 1 (Prelude) and 5 (Aria)" fuse Brazilian sounds with Bach-like counterpoint.
Timbrando is released in the year of the Meridian Arts Ensemble's 20th anniversary. The group began as a traditional brass quintet winning four competitions within four years including First Prize in the 1990 Concert Artists Guild New York Competition that launched their career. Eclecticism is a key element of MAE's performances: mixing classical and contemporary works, jazz and rock compositions, ethnic music and original works by Ensemble members. They are well known for their interpretations of rock composer Frank Zappa's work (who personally coached them on how to play his music) as well as commissioning, collaborating or premiering works by Milton Babbitt, The Common Sense Composers' Collective, Stephen Barber, Ira Taxin, Kirk Nurock, John Halle, among several others.