Composed by: Felix Salazar (b.1978)
Written in 2012 for eight trombones (Los Angeles Trombone Collective) and eight electric guitars (Los Angeles Electric 8), "Río de Porciúncula" is inspired by the once abundant source of water turned flood control channel presently known as the Los Angeles River. Early Angeleno settlers respected the alluvial river's ability to bring life and prosperity to the flood plain that is now Los Angeles. Yet, at the same time, they were always aware of it's sudden capacity to purify and restore balance to nature with it's fierce unpredictable path and uncontrollable power. "Río de Porciúncula" begins with a slight rain fall that quickly develops into a large flash flood.