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“Vieaux re-establishes his Bach credentials” writes Donald Rosenberg in Gramophone Magazine‘s August issue praising Jason Vieaux’s Bach vol. 2 release on Azica Records. He gives “eloquent and vibrant performances” and “In Vieaux’s hands, the titanic Fuga emerges with fresh vitality, its contrapuntal lines woven together in a masterly amalgam of timbral diversity and structural clarity.’ NPR’s #NowPlaying’s Tom Huizinga has this to say: “Electric guitar wizards such as Jimi Hendrix or Eddie Van Halen aren’t the only shredmasters who can melt your face with a killer solo. The classical guitar has its heavy hitters and virtuosic repertoire too – it’s all just a few decibels softer. Consider Jason Vieaux… known for his formidable technique and his transparent, soulful playing, whether in a Spanish fandango or music by Pat Metheny… The notes cascade in waterfalls, and in Vieaux’s immaculate, joyful performance you hear all of Bach’s interlocking voices, propelled by a steady beat and singing line. This is guitar playing at its most shred-worthy and satisfying.”
theartsdesk.com is equally glowing: “Bach’s Partita No. 3 already exists in the composer’s lute transcription; in Vieaux’s hands, the “Preludio” erupts with joy, and you’re amazed at the dynamic control, Bach’s accompanying figures never too intrusive. The rhythmic flexibility is another plus, Vieaux knowing instinctively just when to pull back or surge ahead. Exhilarating stuff… Vieaux’s account of the G minor sonata is similarly potent. The little “Siciliana” is sweet and soulful, the final “Presto” thrilling.” theartsdesk.com More about Grammy winner Jason Vieaux.
CD News: A “superb interpretation” by the Dalí Quartet and pianist Olga Kern on Delos Records. The new recording of piano quintets by Shostakovich and Brahms is hailed by MusicWeb International, noting the Brahms features “muscular phrasing and a taut collective sonority.” And about the Shostakovich: “I can think of no other recent performance of this magisterial score as genuinely enjoyable and sunny as this superb interpretation by Kern and the Dalís.” Full review.
The Dalí Quartet – Classical Roots, Latin Soul – brings Latin American quartet repertoire to an equal standing alongside the Classical and Romantic canon. 2021 recipients of the Guarneri String Quartet Residency and the Silver Medal at the inaugural Piazzolla Competition, the quartet enjoys a wide international fanbase with recent engagements including SA’Oaxaca Festival Internacional de Cuerdas, Banff International String Quartet Festival (video link), UCLA’s Bruman Concerts — and in two concerts at Strathmore Hall the quartet gave virtuosic and exciting performances including an all Latinx first half with a new work by Sonia Morales, and then the Mendelssohn op. 80 with a rip-roaring finale. “Each piece was livelier and more uninhibited than the last, as the quartet sunk deeper and with obviously greater pleasure into its dance-band persona” (San Francisco Classical Voice) and: “two hours of total dedication and virtuosity” (Jazzin Magazine) More…
Grammy-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux performs Four Paths of Light Part on Pat Metheny’s latest album Road to the Sun. Upon release in March, it arrived on the Billboard Classical chart at number one — and on the UK and Germany charts at number one as well. Written for and recorded by Jason Vieaux, this expansive four-movement suite is part of a unique recording featuring two major Pat Metheny compositions performed by others. This new genre-defying recording from 20-time Grammy Winning Guitarist/Composer Pat Metheny is his first on Modern Records and includes a new work commissioned by the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, and Metheny’s performance of Arvo Pärt’s Für Alina.
London Jazz News has this to say: “If anyone’s going to play this suite, Jason Vieaux is the perfect choice.”
“And as well as an obvious love for Metheny’s compositions, Vieaux has a well-matched playing style of meticulous clarity combined with lush romanticism.”
Listen to Jason Vieaux perform Part 2 of Four Paths of Light on YouTube Music.
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Cinematic programming from collectif9 the classical string band inspired by indie culture: RITUÆLS is a moving 60-minute feature-length film, incorporating collectif9’s modern visuals with exciting contemporary dance and music from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. RITUÆLS is a mystical artistic experience that brings together works by Hildegard von Bingen, Arvo Pärt, Nicole Lizée, Bryce Dessner, Michael Tippett and Jocelyn Morlock. film sample
The Night of the Flying Horses is the second film-concert by collectif9, embracing five centuries of musical traditions. Centered around the music of Osvaldo Golijov and evolving through Golijov’s international roots and multiple influences to the music of Sapo Perapaskero inspired by Romani musicians of more than 500 years ago, and the baroque extravagance of François Couperin, the film highlights the virtuosity and passion of collectif9 musicians while creating a playing field that offers them freedom and invites improvisation. film sample
Vagues et ombres – An immersion into a musical universe of Claude Debussy. Original arrangements including a complete performance of Debussy’s iconic
La Mer and a new work by Luna Pearl Woolf written for collectif9 give new dimension and context to this impressionist world. The new CD captures the repertoire featured in the film. Gramophone Magazine hails the collectif9 creation as “so natural for string nonet that for a moment one believes this was how it was conceived.” And “ La mer concludes the programme and works extraordinarily well … recreating Debussy’s magical score afresh.” Gramophone Magazine [PDF] film sample
Grammy-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux’s ongoing collaboration with Billboard top-selling violinist Anne Akiko Meyers is on display in celebration of the opening of KMFA’s new Draylen Mason Concert Studio. Anne and Jason gave an elegant and intense program of works by J.S. Bach, Duke Ellington and Astor Piazzolla as part of the opening weekend of concerts. Link here for their full performance of Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango on YouTube. And their performance of Duke Ellington’s gorgeous masterpiece, “In My Solitude”, arranged by Rich DeRosa from the concert is at this YouTube link.
The Crossroads Project confronts a planet under siege and a future in peril – inspiring audiences to change course.
We are very excited to announce the availability of the new feature-length film
Rising Tide: The Crossroads Project
Touring the live performance, and sharing the film. “Rising Tide: The Crossroads Project is a transfixing film that signifies the enlightened intertwining of science, social conscience, music and art…” [The Utah Review]
The Fry Street Quartet collaborates with climate physicist and communicator, Dr. Robert Davies in Rising Tide: The Crossroads Project, an evocative performance about global sustainability that weaves art and science together through music, prose, and stunning visual imagery.
We are very pleased to announce that rising-star American conductor John Devlin has joined our distinguished roster. Devlin is an energetic force in the classical music world, winning broad acclaim for inventive performances embraced as “powerhouses of unstoppable momentum … that bring sold-out houses to their feet, cheering.” (Washington Post) Devlin is already known as an innovator of concert design, an ardent champion of American music, and a proponent of cross-genre collaborations. The newly appointed Music Director of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, Devlin is only the ninth conductor in its 90-year history to hold that title and, at 34, is one of the nation’s youngest music directors to lead a professional symphony orchestra. He has held important positions with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Princeton Symphony, and worked with Christoph Eschenbach, Gianandrea Noseda and Rossen Milanov, among others. Devlin has created such forward-looking concepts as Gourmet Symphony and Go-Go Symphony, and in addition to the National Symphony and Princeton Symphony, has given performances with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Symphony, Omaha Symphony, and the American Repertory Ballet, among others. Of his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra and violin soloist Joshua Bell, Anne Midgette of The Washington Post wrote that Devlin “led the evening with flair… and was visibly in his element.” More…
We are very pleased to announce that American pianist Sean Chen, a “thoughtful musician well beyond his years” (The Republic) has joined our distinguished roster. Sean Chen is hailed as a rising star with a “million-volt smile” and a “formidable set of fingers” (Dallas Morning News). An American performer of tremendous depth who is also a composer and arranger, Chen’s powerful triple-play has already earned him three high-profile awards and an impressive following. In 2013 Chen won the American Pianists Association’s DeHaan Classical Fellowship, one of the most lucrative and significant prizes available to an American pianist. As the first American to reach the finals of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition since 1997, he went on to win the Bronze Medal in 2013, and then became the 2015 recipient of the $100,000 Leonore Annenberg Fellowship. Acclaimed for his “penetrating artistic intellect” (Audiophile Audition) and “ravishing tone and cogently contoured lines” (Gramophone), the young American pianist has already appeared as soloist on return engagements with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, made debuts with the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra at the Kimmel Center and with the orchestras of Milwaukee, Phoenix, Hartford, Santa Fe, Tucson, North Carolina, San Diego, the New West Symphony and many others in the U.S. and South America (in an extensive concerto repertoire). A collaborative artist, Sean Chen is held in high esteem by such conductors as Gerard Schwarz, who spoke of his Bartok Concerto #2 as “stupendous”. More…
We are very pleased to welcome Colin Carr, the internationally acclaimed cellist, to the Jonathan Wentworth Associates roster. The complete artist, Colin Carr is renowned for his concerto appearances with symphonies worldwide, his many distinguished recordings, his landmark performances of the complete Bach Suites and his long-standing commitment to the chamber music repertoire. Acclaimed for performances that are “unfailingly musical, logically thought through and convincingly argued” (New York Times) he has appeared with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the symphonies of Chicago, Los Angeles, Montréal, and more. He is currently on a widely celebrated tour of the Bach cello suites through Asia and North America. “His supreme technique gives him the freedom to hold together long complicated phrases that many more mortal cellists can’t manage without breaking their arcs. And with his bouncy, jig-like ebullience, Carr is better than anybody in the final Gigues”. (Boston Musical Intelligencer) More…
AS ONE has debuted at #3 on Billboard Traditional Classical Albums chart. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, Bright Shiny Things has released AS ONE [BSTC-0127], the premiere recording of the highly acclaimed 75-minute chamber opera for mezzo-soprano, baritone, and string quartet. The CD features the original cast that premiered the work at BAM: Sasha Cooke, Kelly Markgraf and the Fry Street Quartet. Commissioned by American Opera Projects from composer Laura Kaminsky and librettists Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed, AS ONE chronicles the experiences of a transgender person as she emerges into harmony with herself and the world around her. Following its BAM premiere in 2014, AS ONE has become the most produced new opera in North America (Opera America). Jonathan Wentworth Associates is proud to tour the new American Opera Projects production of AS ONE. In a comprehensive review Gramophone cites the “radiant performance” of the artists, and the Fry Street Quartet’s “elegance and subtlety” while calling the CD “A remarkable achievement.” More…
Montreal’s cutting-edge classical string band, collectif9 combines the power of an orchestra with the crispness of a chamber ensemble. collectif9 performs in concert halls, clubs and varied spaces, attracting diverse and new audiences. Known for energized, innovative arrangements of classical repertoire, their performances employ lights, staging, and amplification more commonly seen at rock acts, and the audience enjoys a genre-bending classical performance. collectif9 is on a mission to bring this exciting repertoire to new audiences and revels in the “sheer joy in playing great music with full commitment”. In concert from Vancouver to Los Angeles and San Francisco to Shanghai “Their eagerness to break the mold while upholding the highest performance standards make collectif9 a model for 21st century classical music ensembles. [Oregon Arts Watch] We are proud to collaborate with Latitute 45 Arts to bring collectif9 on tour in the U.S. More…
Stellar pianist Olga Kern joins the Dalí Quartet for selected dates on tour through 2021. The Cliburn Gold Medal-winning pianist and the Dalí — well-known for Classical Roots, Latin Soul — will perform major piano quintets this season on tour from British Columbia to Southern California and on into the Midwest. Next season, selected concert dates are available for programs that include a choice of the towering Shostakovich piano quintet and the beloved Brahms quintet, as well as the Dvorak and Schumann quintet — all paired with a variety of exciting Latin and Classical quartet repertoire. “Together, theirs was an eager, thunderous performance.” KC Studio More…
Azica Records has released Together, the new CD from Yolanda Kondonassis & Jason Vieaux. The gorgeous CD is comprised entirely of original works for harp and guitar including two world premieres of works commissioned by Jason and Yolanda: Knock on Wood, by Keith Fitch, and Hypnotized, by Gary Schocker. Hear the interview and samples from WRCJ Detroit.
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