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1 March 2013, 12:00 | Updated: 1 March 2013, 12:52
The Welsh composer celebrated St David's day by signing with record label Deutsche Grammophon this morning, announcing details of his new album, Adiemus Colores.
Karl Jenkins is to release a new album, taking inspiration from the sights, sounds, colours and rhythms of Latin American music. The resulting album, Adiemus Colores, will be released later this year on the Deutsche Grammophon label.
Karl signed to the label this morning in London. He said: “A South American spark that helped kindle the flame that became Adiemus Colores is the fascination that the people of Wales, myself included, have with the romance of Patagonia - that area occupying the southernmost tip of Argentina where there is a Welsh-speaking settlement, dating from 1865. In fact the Welsh word for this area, Y Wladfa, translates as ‘The Colony’."
He added: "I firmly believe that the future of music lies in a plurality of styles, each composer and each listener true to themselves and to the music that moves them; that expresses our emotions and the world we live in today.”
Jenkins' music shot into public consciousness when Delta Airlines used Adiemus in an advert in 1995. Since then, there have been five Adiemus albums, which draw heavily on a variety of musical styles.