The Sonoran soprano Elena Rivera and the Spanish pianist Jorge Robaina carried out a research project during the years 2014 and 2015 in order to rescue the work composed by Emiliana de Zubeldia, a pianist, teacher and composer of Basque origin who since 1947 took charge of the musical education from the University of Sonora. From her arrival to Hermosillo and until her death in 1989, Emiliana de Zubeldia became an indispensable part of the cultural life of the state, maintaining her activity as avant-garde composer under the musical norms of Augusto Novaro theory. As a result of this research, Elena and Jorge recorded the album Zubeldía. Soles y brumas, in 2016.
The songs included in Zubeldia. Soles y brumas, are made up of several cycles, the first one entitled Soles y Brumas de España, made up of Six Popular Spanish Songs: Berceuse, Guajira, Zortziko, Gypsy Coplas, Jota and the Gypsy, composed in Paris during the twenties and published in 1927 by Max Eschig. Another set of ten Spanish songs comes from a collection of popular songs and dances from Spain, as well as others composed in the American continent over three decades starting in 1928 with texts by Poetas de América, compositions according to harmonic principles of the nuevo sistema natural de la música by the Mexican Augusto Novaro and published by Ricordi Americana house in 1963.
The production of the album was carried out with the support of Gobierno de Navarra, the Emiliana de Zubeldía Inda Foundation, AC, El Ayuntamiento de Hermosillo through the Instituto Municipal de Cultura y Arte, the IBS Classical production company of Granada, Spain, who dedicate to support the rescue of great value musical works with small or no diffusion. In addition to this, the production received help from Dr. Leticia Varela and the Ganfer Foundation, as well as from Gobierno del Estado de Sonora through the Instituto Sonorense de Cultura.
Auditorio de Pamplona Área cultural del Gobierno de Navarra Escuela Superior de Canto de Madrid and Festival del Pitic in Hermosillo, Sonora Instituto Municipal de Cultura y Arte de Hermosillo
Official release of the album at Sala Manuel M. Ponce de Bellas Artes Alfonso Ortiz Tirado Festival and FAOT 2017 in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora Instituto Sonorense de Cultura