Robles' "Yaluk" for Brass and Percussion was premiered as part of the Second Meeting of the JOCCA—Joven Orquesta y Coro de Centroamérica—in Guatemala City on 10 December 2010 at the National Theatre of Guatemala, under the baton of Costarrican Juan Carlos Meza.
The orchestra, made up of children and youngsters from the Mesoamerican region, did a wonderful job with the piece, which is originally intended as a ballet. "Yaluk" tells the story of the Mayan Deity of the same name, who freed Maize from under an enormous rock; thus allowing its use to create, and then feed, mankind.
"Yaluk" was written under commission by JOCCA, as part of Robles' duties as 2010 Composer in Residence for the organzation.
More about the Meet from the International Press:
Blog Doce Notas
El Salvador Ahora
El Periódico de Guatemala