Chyornii & Dorado

A Bit About Us

Chyornii & Dorado was founded by clarinetist Anthony Aguayo and saxophonist Jessica Dodge. We have been inseparable friends since meeting in the fall of 2018. From this friendship arose a love of making music together! Chyornii (чёрный) is the Russian word for black and Dorado is the Spanish word for gold. This is in reference to both the colors of the saxophone and clarinet, as well as the diverse backgrounds of C&D’s members. We love sharing our time, passion, music, and friendship with our communities and have a vision to expand the repertoire for this ensemble.  To do so, we have commissioned many new works which will be premiered and recorded for our debut album, Black and Gold, to be released in the fall of 2019. The University of Oregon School of Music and Dance is highly supportive of our vision and selected the duo as the recipient of the 2019 SOMD Innovation Grant.

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