Tomorrow Night in Cambridge

Tomorrow night we play a program entitled “Evocation” at Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church in Cambridge. We’re really looking forward to seeing our Boston area fans for the first time in a while. We’re also very excited about this new program.

In a way we are getting back to our roots with this program. It has a good helping of Spanish classical guitar music, Albeniz and Granados in classic arrangements by Miguel Llobet. These arrangements are full of the flair and tricks of the old style romantic virtuoso, shimmering harmonics, extensive and expert glissandi and portamenti (or sliding around from one note to the next for those unfamiliar with the lingo), every chord voiced perfectly to make the guitars glow. Miguel Llobet really knew how to make the guitar sing. Sadly his music and arrangements are rarely played today, considered today to be a little old fashioned. We’re starting the revival and you can come hear it tomorrow in Cambridge.

As much as the program is an evocation of Spain, it is also an homage to the classical guitarists who have inspired an influenced us. We’ve included a piece by Andres Segovia, a divertimento for guitar duo. There is also a piece by Segovia’s student and our teacher Phillip de Fremery, “Music After Lorca” a haunting work inspired by Flamenco and the poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca. Originally a solo that de Fremery composed through improvisation, we have added our own duo parts through a similar improvisatory process. Also look out for our version of the guitar’s single most beloved work, Francisco Tarrega’s “Recuerdos de la Alhambra” and our own arrangements of some less well known, but equally beautiful music by Federico Mompou.

Lastly, the program features two very recent works for guitar duo by composers who we have had the pleasure of meeting and working with personally. Frank Wallace is a guitarist we’ve known of and admired for many years. We’re very pleased to include a delightful set of short pieces “Sketches for Two” on the program. Maestro Wallace is a master painter with the colors of the guitar and his wide array of musical interests, from early music to modern, all come through in his distinct musical voice. Oh and did we mention that this concert contains a world premiere of a new piece written for us. You will not want to miss this intriguing little piece called “Spectral Lines” by Joel Roston. The piece is a strange jungle that we have only just entered. Come explore with us!

 

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