2008-2009 Concert Season
For the presentation of the 2008-09 Grand Canyon Guitar Society season at the Coconino Center for the Arts, Grand Canyon Guitar Society (GCGS) is partnering with Arizona Music Pro (AMP) and Flagstaff Cultural Partners (FCP). The series brings well-traveled and widely acclaimed classical guitarists to Flagstaff, beginning September 27, 2008.
The Series mixes diverse performers from all over the world with a couple of regional gems. Eduardo Fernández, a highly respected Uruguayan Classical Guitarist, has been drawing rave reviews from critics and audiences throughout the globe for over 30 years. Polish Guitarist Marcin Dylla comes to Flagstaff as the winner of the 2007 Guitar Foundation of America's International Competition. Spanish Guitarist and 1994 first place winner of the GFA competition Margarita Escarpa makes her Grand Canyon region debut in March 2009. Also featured is Arizona's own flute and guitar duet of Duozona as well as the guitar and violin chamber music of Duo46. Not to be overlooked, we are fortunate to host legendary jazz virtuoso Stanley Jordan in a rare solo appearance.
The full schedule of concerts is:
GCGS and FCP partner with the express purpose of bringing these performers to a quality performance setting that would match their art form. The Coconino Center for the Arts fits the bill.
"In the intimate setting of the theater at the Coconino Center for the Arts," says John Tannous, Executive Director for Flagstaff Cultural Partners and the CCA, "these performers will truly shine. There is a magic here when artist and performer can connect so closely."
Two of the first three concerts in the series begin immediately following receptions for new art exhibitions at the Coconino Center for the Arts. Duozona's September 27th concert opens following the Opening Reception for Night Visions Art Opening (6:00 - 8:00 PM). And Eduardo Fernández's November 21st concert follows the Opening Reception for the popular annual program, It's Elemental (6:00 - 8:00 PM). Details can be found at www.culturalpartners.org.
GCGS and FCP are opening ticket sales early for the Concert Series. Season Passes are available at discounted rates now, through a special, online-only sale at www.culturalpartners.org. Patrons can see as much as a 25% discount on ticket face value by purchasing Season Passes in advance. Tickets for individual shows are available online at www.culturalpartners.org/gcgs0809.htm, and at Arizona Music Pro in Flagstaff. Tickets are also available by phone at (928) 779-2300.
For more information about the Concert Series, please contact Grand Canyon Guitar Society at (928) 213-0752 or info@CanyonGuitar.org.
Information about each artist is listed below in this document. High quality PHOTOS of artists available upon request.
Duozona is rapidly becoming recognized as one of the top flute and guitar duos, excelling at balancing artistic depth, style, and interpretation, with inviting, warm, and often humorous commentary and dialogue. Charles and Theresa Hulihan have been described as "understated yet virtuosic", their concerts hailed "truly an evening of Bravos" and their programming called "a global trek of sound". A vibrant and gifted pair that presents a rich and colorful palette of musical styles from all over the world, their joy in music making and their unique abilities to communicate with both one another and with audiences is displayed in their compelling performances and magnetic presence on the concert stage. The duo has been coached by a wide variety of musicians including guitarists Frank Koonce and Sharon Isbin, flutists Ransom Wilson and Trygve Peterson, and oboist Martin Schuring. They first met while students at Arizona State University,and since have performed throughout North America including concerts in Washington, Rhode Island, California, New Mexico, Colorado, and throughout Arizona. Noted performances include concerts for the Seattle Guitar Society, Grand Canyon Guitar Society, American Mandolin and Guitar Summer School, Guitar Associates Summer Workshop, Pepperdine University, Chandler Center for the Arts, Scottsdale Center for the Arts, and multiple appearances at the Kerr Cultural Center. In June 2006, the duo performed at the first Wood Flute Conference at the University of Washington, where they were featured in concert, discussed their work as a duo in symposium, and had the honor of performing in a memorial concert for renowned flutist and wooden flute revival pioneer Felix Skowronek.
Duozona have begun to enrich their repertoire with new works by contemporary composers. Noted guitarist, composer, and writer John W. Duarte wrote one of his final works for Duozona, "Five Moods", each of the five movements depicting a different aspect of their personalities and reflective of many genres of American music. In 2007, Duozona released their first CD, "Colors", which includes music by Eugene Bozza, Jacques Ibert, and Jan Truhlar, and features original works by Sy Brandon, including the world premiere recording of "Southwestern Suite" written for Duozona with support from the Co-Op Press Commission Assistance Grant. In addition to their musical performances, both Chuck and Theresa are active teachers and ardent supporters of programs in the arts. They have a combined experience that includes primary, secondary, and college teaching, arts organization board membership, non-profit administration, musical adjudication, lecturing, guest speaking, chamber music coaching, conducting, concert promoting and presenting, and public radio. They reside in Phoenix, Arizona, where they both teach at Glendale Community College and share a love for the music of Django Reinhardt and their English Bulldogs.
"Duozona are blessed with excellent technique and fine musicality, and are pleasing to watch. What more needs to be said?" --John Duarte, composer/guitarist/writer
One way to attack the daunting task of describing Stanley Jordan is to think of him as a world class guitarist who marches in all aspects of his life to the beat of his own drummer. Stanley Jordan came to prominence with the release of his 1985 debut album Magic Touch, establishing the then-twenty-something Jordan as among the most distinctive and refreshing new voices of the electric guitar. Key to Jordan's fast-track acclaim was his mastery of a special "tapping" technique on the guitar's fret board instead of conventional strumming and picking. While a handful of other virtuoso players were using similar techniques, Stanley's fluid and melodic use of tapping captured the imagination of listeners via his inherent warmth and sensitivity. He happened upon the technique without any formal study and had been applying it to his already exemplary traditional playing ten years prior to the album.
Stanley Jordan performs a special solo concert in the intimate setting of the CCA's concert hall.
Eduardo Fernández is recognized as one of today's leading guitarists. Born in 1952 in Uruguay, he began his studies of guitar at age 7. His principal teachers were Abel Carlevaro, Guido Santórsola and Héctor Tosar. After being prized in several international competitions, the most notable being the 1972 Porto Alegre (Brazil) and 1975 Radio France (Paris) competitions, he won the first prize of the 1975 Andrés Segovia Competition in Mallorca (Spain). His New York debut in 1977 won critical accolades, being described as "A top guitarist...Rarely has this reviewer heard a more impressive debut recital on any instrument" (Donal Henahan, The New York Times). Fernández has returned to the U.S.A. every season since then, playing with prestigious orchestras as well as giving recitals, always to great acclaim from critics and audiences. His London debut, in Wigmore Hall (1983), had also a great impact, and resulted in his signing an exclusive recording contract with Decca, a label for which he made 18 recordings (solos, and with the English Chamber Orchestra and the London Philharmonic), that cover a wide section of the repertoire, from Bach to the contemporary. They include many first recordings (for instance, Berio's "Sequenza XI"), and several of them have been selected as "best of the month" and "best of the year" by publications such as Stereo Review and The New York Times, as well as Asahi Shinbun from Japan. He has also made a recording for Erato with violinist Alexander Markow, covering most of Paganini's work for violin and guitar, and two duo CDs with Japanese guitarist Shin-Ichi Fukuda (with whom he has also performed in the Far East and in Germany) for DENON, in Japan. Currently he is exclusive recording artist of the Oehms Classics label, for which he has recorded the complete lute suites by Bach and "Romantic Guitar" a 19th-century guitar recording on a period instrument. In 2005, Labor Records from USA, has released the CD "Between two worlds".
Fernández has also played, with the same success, in most European countries, and in the Far East (Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Hong Kong and China, Thailand and Singapore), as well as in South America and Mexico. He has a vivid interest in historical instruments, and he plays often the repertoire of the XIXth century on a period guitar. Eduardo Fernández is also active as a teacher, having taught several years at the University's School of Music in Montevideo, where he is now a fellow researcher, as well as being very much in demand for masterclasses and lectures all around the world. Since 2002 he has been conducting every year masterclasses in Germany ("Gitarre und Natur", Erlbach). He has written a major book on guitar technique (Technique, Mechanism, Learning, published by Chanterelle Verlag, Heidelberg and in Spanish edition by ART Ediciones, Montevideo), a book of essays on Bach's lute music, published in 2003 by ART Ediciones, and several articles in leading guitar publications.
An active composer, he was the secretary of the Uruguayan branch of ISCM for two years. He is also a founder of Uruguay's CIM/UNESCO section, and Artistic Director of Montevideo's biannual International Guitar Festivals since 1996, and of Colombia's Encuentros Nacionales de la Guitarra since 2000.
After having already won 17 first prizes in competitions around the world, Polish guitarist Marcin Dylla received his most recent win in 2007 at the Guitar Foundation of America International Competition, which earned him a 50 concert tour of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. His list of accolades also includes concerto competition wins, audience prizes and critics awards. Marcin Dylla has graced the stage of distinguished concert halls across the globe including Konzerthaus, Musikverein and Palais Lobkovitz in Vienna (Austria), Auditorio Nacional and Auditorio Conde Duque in Madrid (Spain), St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall (Russian Federation), Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo (USA), Villa Hügel in Essen (Germany) and the Palazzina Liberty in Milan (Italy).
In addition to being invited to perform in virtually every major European and North American guitar festival, Marcin Dylla has been regularly invited to appear at international music festivals including Festival Internazionale Settimane Musicali di Stresa (Italy), Don Quijote Music Festival (Paris, France), Burghofspiele Eltville (Germany), International Festival Musical Olympus (St. Petersburg, Russian Federation), Inverno Musicale (Alzano, Italy), Central European Music Festival (Zilinai, Lithuania), Festival Internacional de Música (Toledo, Italy) and Musique Dans la Rue (Aix-en-Provence, France). In February 2007 Marcin performed as a soloist with the Hermitage State Orchestra at the Hermitage Festival in St. Petersburg.
In 2006, Marcin Dylla received the singular honor of being selected by Cecilia Rodrigo, the daughter of renowned Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo, to perform one of her father's newly discovered works at the Reina Sofia Museum of Modern Art in Madrid.
In September and October of 2007 he toured the United States performing Rodrigo's 'Concierto de Aranjuez' in a number of concerts with the Fort Collins Symphony, the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with various other orchestras in Europe and the United States including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (USA), Orquesta Sinfónica de Radio Television Espanola (RTVE Madrid, Spain), St. Petersburg Philharmonia Orchestra (Russian Federation), Orchestra Filharmonica di Torino (Italy) and the Essen Chamber Orchestra (Germany).
Marcin Dylla was born in Chorzow in 1976. He received his first guitar lessons at the Ruda Slaska Music Conservatory in his native Poland. From 1995 to 2000 he studied at the Music Academy of Katowice with Adi Wanda Palacz. He then completed his studies with Oscar Ghiglia, Sonja Prunnbauer and Carlo Marchione at the Music Academies of Basel (Switzerland), Freiburg (Germany) and Maastricht (The Netherlands), respectively.
The spanish guitarist Margarita Escarpa studied in the "Real Conservatorio Superior de Música" in Madrid where she was awarded the highest prize, the "premio Extraordinario Fin de Carrera". She was taught by the most important music teachers and she was exposed to the influence of the best guitar players of the time. She also holds a degree in mathematics from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. Margarita has won 2 national and 8 international prices, including the International Competition in Esztergom (Hungary 1991), the International Competition "Andrés Segovia" in Palma de Mallorca in 1993, or the "Solo Guitar Competition" organised by the Guitar Foundation of America in Quebec in 1994. These important prizes together with her excellent qualities give her the opportunity of taking part in the most important festivals in Europe, North America, Asia and Canada, where she has received both public and critical acclaim. In addition to her touring and recording, Margarita also teaches regularly at the Conservatorio Profesional de Mùsica de Vigo in Spain. She has recorded several CDs with Opera Tres, RNE, Naxos, and GHA records.
As artists living in the 21st-century, Duo46 violinist Beth Ilana Schneider and guitarist Matt Gould embrace music by living composers. Advocates of contemporary art music, their recordings celebrate chamber music for guitar, often music composed specifically for them. Collaborations with American composers inspired their Untaming the Fury record, and their most recent duo recording Aires de Sefarad has been described as "one of the most gorgeous releases of the year" by the Cincinnati Enquirer. This commissioned work, funded by the Guggenheim Foundation, made the 2007 GRAMMY Entry List for "Best Contemporary Classical Composition". Duo46 is well-versed performing experimental and traditional classical music, and with a substantial library of commissioned music and almost five-hundred original compositions for violin and guitar, Duo46 captivates audiences with their repertoire and artistry. With the addition of a third instrument, Duo46 has expanded their group with Cello, Computer, Flute, Mandolin, Piano, and Viola, exploring existing and new repertoire for these unusual instrumental forces. Awards include a Barlow Commissioning Grant with composer Geoffrey Gordon and sponsorship by the American Composer Forum through its Encore program with composer/guitarist/bassist John Mayrose, supporting the repeat performances of new works. Highlights for this season include debut performances in Argentina, Canada and Chile, a return appearance at the Guitar Foundation of America Festival in Los Angeles, and co-producing the inaugural Soundscape New Music Festival in cooperation with the Associazione Culturale Biquadro, Italy. While at home in Phoenix, Arizona, Matt and Beth enjoy sharing their knowledge and experiences with students at the Paradise Valley Community College, enjoying the idyllic weather and beauty of the American Southwest.