World Premiere - Impressions of Llíria

Lliria, Spain

UNESCO Creative City of Music

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Edeta Arts has commissioned American composer and percussionist, Michael Udow, to compose a work that will be performed on Saturday, July 6, 2024.  This unique performance will take place throughout the city highlighting the history, monuments, culture, and the importance of music in the daily life of the people of Llíria.  The performance will feature the music & dance societies of Llíria, the Valencia community, and invited international artists & ensembles.

Michael Udow graduated from the University of Illinois in 1978 with a Master of Music degree and Doctor of Musical Arts degree in percussion performance. After graduating Michael joined the New Orleans Philharmonic, and then went to Poland to do research on a Fullbright Scholarship. Upon his return to the United States, he toured with the historic ground-breaking Blackearth Percussion Group.

Having retired after a distinguished career at The Santa Fe Opera (Principal Percussion 1968 — 2009) and the University of Michigan (1982 — 2011 Emeritus Professor), and Composer-in-Residence with the Colorado Chamber Orchestra. (2014-2015), Michael devotes his full-time energies towards composing.

In addition to playing, teaching, and building unique percussion instruments, Michael has composed over 150 works including: operas, film scores, orchestral and wind ensemble works as well as numerous chamber music and solo compositions. 

Michael continues to provide short term composition and percussion residencies at conservatories and universities around the world including residencies in China, Japan, and Korea. In 2022, Michael was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame.

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Edeta Arts Percussion Festival

June 30 - July 7, 2024


June 30, 2024 (Sunday)

  • Arrive Valencia, Spain.  Check-in & registration.

July 1 (Monday)


  • Clinics and Rehearsals


  • Mayor’s welcome Lliria – UNESCO City of Music
  • Greetings from Edeta Arts
  • Introduction of participants
  • Introduction of Michael Udow
  • Director’s meeting & Student “meet and greet” reception


  • Participant Concert

July 2 (Tuesday)


  • Visit to Valencia Old City (optional guided walking tour)


  • Clinics


  • Participant Concert

July 3 (Wednesday)


  • Bus to Alicante
  • Visit Santa Barbara Castle
  • Free time for lunch and shopping on the Esplanade


  • Flamenco clinic & show


  • Gala Performance *Santa Pola Castle
  • Bus back to Valencia

July 4 (Thursday)


  • Free Time !
  • Michael Udow – Power point presentation – Impressions of Lliria composition
  • Rehearsal – Impressions of Lliria


  • Valencia Beach Party: Dinner & Sunset Drum Circle

July 5 (Friday)


  • Visit to the City for the Arts
  • Participant Concert


  • Paella Lunch and boat ride Lake Albufera
  • Rehearsal – Impressions of Lliria Evening
  • Gala Performance *Valencia

July 6 (Saturday)


  • Dress Rehearsal – Impressions of Lliria


  • Free Time


  • World Premier – Impressions of Lliria – Michael Udow
  • World Music Celebration Party

July 7 (Sunday)

  • Check-out and say Farewell to Valencia

*All participants will take part in the Gala Concerts



The accommodation is based on twin occupancy. Single supplement is available upon request. A limited number of family rooms are also available upon request.


A combination of metro and motor coach transportation is included.


The festival will provide a wide range of percussion instruments.  Specific instrument lists will be decided in consultation with the participants.


There will be a number of clinics offered during the festival. If you are interested in being a presenter, please contact us.


  • Accommodation based on twin
  • Metro and coach transportation as per itinerary
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • Performances, clinics, sightseeing, and activities as per itinerary
  • Mayor’s reception
  • Valencia beach party
  • Albufera paella lunch and boat ride
  • Farewell lunch Parc Municipal de Sant Vicent

Not included

  • International travel to and from Valencia, Spain
  • Travel Medical Insurance (mandatory)
  • Passport and visa fees if required
  • Lunches and dinners (other than special event meals noted on the itinerary)

For more info and detailed costs for your group – please email