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New collaboration with Clarice Assad!

We have known Clarice Assad for many years, having discovered a striking musical affinity from early on in our friendship. In 2009 we commissioned Clarice to write a piece for our debut recording with Chandos Records, ‘Spirit of Brazil’.  The outcome was a three movement work titled ‘Danças Nativas’ which earned her a Latin Grammy nomination. It has since been our intention to develop this collaboration even further. To realise this long-held ambition we have now come together as performers to present a truly eclectic programme of genre-defying music full of rhythm, energy, humour and emotion.

‘Aspects’, CD release

Available to download now from here. For those of you that like a physical copy of the CD, the disc will be on general release from 28th October.

 

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Chandos CD ‘Aspects’ promotional videos

Some great reviews for our recent CD, have a quick listen to some of the music at the promo videos below.

 

Their range of expression, beauty of phrasing, and pure virtuosity are a pure delight.’

American Record Guide, Kenneth Keaton

 

‘That same customary blend of high-octane virtuosity, relaxed lyricism, tonal richness and perfection of ensemble.’

Gramophone Magazine, William Yeaoman

 

 

Elegy by John Brunning

Elegy will feature on our forthcoming CD ‘Aspects’. Performed here backstage at the Royal Albert Hall before Classic FM Live.

 

De Usuahia a la Quiaca by Gustavo Santaolalla (from Motorcycle Diaries)

Filmed backstage at the Royal Albert Hall before Classic FM Live.

 

 

Royal Albert Hall – Classic FM Live!

Albert-HallWe are immensely excited to be performing at the Royal Albert Hall in London (20th September, 19:30) as part of the Classic FM Live concert. What a treat to be playing Joaquin Rordigo’s Concierto Andaluz for four guitars and orchestra with the renowned Academy of St. Martin in the Fields who recorded this same concerto in 1979 with the legendary Romero Guitar Quartet. The line up for the evening also includes Maxim Vengerov, Wayne Marshall and Laura Wright.

Aranjuez Artists representation for USA, Canada & Mexico

We are delighted to be joining the fantastic roster of Aranjuez Artists in

Los Angeles who will be representing us in the USA, Canada and Mexico.

De Usuahia a la Quiaca from ‘Motorcycle Diaries’

One of our favorite pieces performed last year at the XVIth International Gliwice Guitar Festival in Poland

 

Grand Solo by F.Sor for 4 guitars arr. by Sergio Assad

One of the staples of solo guitar’s 19th century repertoire arranged by Sergio Assad.

Fernando Sor’s ‘Grand Solo‘ for guitar quartet !

 

‘Minor Swing’ live in Poland

The first of 3 encores played last November at Gliwice International Guitar Festival.

This classic Django Reinhardt tune can be found on our ‘Final Cut’ album.