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FREE Guitar
Marathon:
Las Americas

Monday, January 20, 2014  |  2:00pm

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Guitar Marathon: Las americas

FREE for the first time in Festival's history; 2-5 pm & 7-10 pm
Seating is general admission and first-come-first-served.
Patrons with reservations may enter the hall beginning at 1:15 pm and 6:15 pm. Patrons without reservations will be admitted beginning at 1:45 pm and 6:45 pm as space permits.

Co-curated by Brazilian phenomenon Badi Assad and Los Angeles Guitar Quartet founder William Kanengiser, the six-hour Marathon focuses on classical guitar in North and South America, contrasting rich traditions with bold experimentation. Featured composers include Heitor Villa-Lobos, Egberto Gismonti, Joan Tower, Elliot Carter, Alberto Ginastera, Leo Brouwer, Robert Beaser, Manual Ponce, Antonio Lauro, Agustín Barrios and many more.

About the curators: A founding member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Kanengiser displays his multi-varied musical interests in recordings of composers as dissimilar from one another as Bartók, Handel and Jerome Kern. Assad hails from a musical family of guitarists-composers. A singer and percussionist to boot, she fuses pop-jazz with worldbeat in a sensuously Brazilian sensibility.

Las Americas, Part I: North America (2-5 pm)

Reservations are no longer being accepted.
Seating is general admission and first-come-first served.


William Kanengiser has invited four brilliant guest artists to help celebrate the guitar of North America. David Mozqueda, a young virtuoso from Gaudalaja, Mexico, will present masterworks by Ponce and Olivas, as well as arrangements of popular Mexican folksongs. Colin Davin, prizewinner in the GFA competition and modern-music specialist, will present compelling works by Joan Tower, and with flutist Daniel James, a new work by Alaska-based composer Conrad Wilson. Connie Sheu, an emerging artist specializing in women composers, will play works by Canadian composer Dale Kavanaugh, Brazilian Clarice Assad (Badi’s niece) and John Anthony Lennon. The phenomenal Naumberg Award-winner Jorge Caballero will play the first of his two sets in the Marathon, presenting some of the most important American guitar compositions by Elliott Carter and John Major, as well as the stunning Sonata #1 by Cuban master Léo Brouwer. William Kanengiser will close out the afternoon by presenting an eclectic mix of Mexican, Cuban and American works, ranging from folkloric to contemporary to jazz-inspired. 

Las Americas, Part II: South America (7-10 pm)

Reservations are no longer being accepted.
Seating is general admission and first-come-first served.


For the second part of the Marathon, Badi Assad has crafted an evening of propulsive rhythm and sensuous melody from South America. The award-winning Brazil Guitar Duo will open the evening with pieces by Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, Gismonti and others. Samba master Romero Lubambo will bring his technical fireworks and serious Brazilian groove to a set of popular pieces by Jobim, Garoto and others. Jorge Caballero will return to the stage to present some of the most important South American compositions for guitar, including works by Barrios, Antonio Lauro, and the seminal Sonata by Ginastera. Making their NY debut, the incredible Duo Siquiera/Lima will present fiery duets by Brazilian, Argentinian and Ecuadorian composers. The grand finale of the Marathon will be the inimitable Badi Assad, who brings a feminine sensibility to her stunning world-beat fusion of pop, jazz and Brazilian music.

Las Americas, Part I: North America (2-5 pm)

David Mozqueda (from Mexico)
Works by Julio César Oliva, Sonata III by Manuel Ponce, traditional Mexican boleros.

Colin Davin
Clocks by Joan Tower (solo), Snow Dreams by Joan Tower (duet with flutist Daniel James), Try the Spirits by Conrad Winslow (for guitar, flute, and tape) and Mountain Songs by Robert Beaser.

Connie Sheu
Three Preludes by Dale Kavanaugh, excerpts from Concert Etudes by John Anthony Lennon, selected pieces by Clarice Assad (daughter of Sergio Assad, Badi's niece).

Jorge Caballero (set #1)
Shard and Changes by Elliot Carter, Burning Circle by John Major, Sonata No.1 by Leo Brouwer.

William Kanengiser, Guest Curator
Dos Piezas Afro-Antillanas by Ernesto Cordero (or Afro-Cuban Lullaby and Danza Carecterística by Brouwer), Preludio Cubano, Intermezzo, Trópico and Rumba by Manuel Ponce, Sonata No.1 by Ernesto Garcia de León, The Magic Serenade by Bryan Johanson and Brookland Boogie by Brian Head.

Las Americas, Part II: South America

Brasil Guitar Duo
Prelude (from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4) by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Zita by Astor Piazzolla, Postludio by Douglas Lora, Zanzifuga by Joao Luiz, A Fala da Paixao/7 Aneis by Egberto Gismonti and Bate-Coxa by Marco Pereira.

Romero Lubambo (solo)
Program TBD.

Jorge Caballero (set #2)
Works by Lauro, Barrios and Ginastera.

Duo Siqueira Lima (making their NY debut)
Idilio Crepuscular by Alberto Ginastera, Cristal by Cesar Camargo Mariano, Contrato de Separação and Homenagem à Chiquinho do Acordeom by Dominguinhos and Lado a Lado by Gilson Peranzzetta.

Badi Assad, Guest Curator
A blend of her own music with South American repertoire.

William Kanengiser, guest curator Badi Assad, guest curator Brasil Guitar Duo Colin Davin Connie Sheu David Mozqueda Duo Siqueria Lima Jorge Caballero

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