Sombra del Mar (2009)

Music by Jack Henry, words by Alejandro Yañez

Jack HenryJack Henry has participated for many years in choirs and orchestras, and served as principal bassist for the Contra Costa Youth Orchestra for seven years. He has studied with several prominent Bay Area musicians and is currently studying music at Diablo Valley College. Jack’s influences range from Berlioz to the Beatles. His composition for Youth Inspiring Youth set music to Sombra del Mar written by Alejandro Yanez and had its premiere performance in March 2010.

Alejandro YañezAlejandro Yañez, currently attending Merced College, wrote Sombra del Mar when he was 16. He started school in the US in seventh grade and was introduced to poetry when he joined a writers’ club in high school. According to Alejandro, “Then I discovered the power of writing and while performing I was able to say things from my own perspective. Writing is part of my life, it’s a way to express who I am.”


Alejandro Yañez
age 16