Dear Friends of Guitar Sarasota,
We are proud to present to you our selection of artists from Sarasota, and beyond. We included this time many different styles of guitar playing by ensembles and soloists from Tallahassee, Tampa, Bradenton, Sarasota and Port Charlotte. As usual those six short concerts are free and open to the general public. Seating is open and available on a first come first served bases. The concerts are organized by GuitarSarasota with support from our sponsors, members, and Art Center Sarasota.
Every concert starts at 7:30 pm on the second Monday of the month, November through April. Your host will be Dr. Zachary Johnson, who will introduce our guests, as well as engage the audience into an enlightening conversation with the artists. This is not your usual concert format. At the end of the event, light refreshments will be served.
Location: Art Center Sarasota - 707 North Tamiami Trail - Sarasota, Florida 34236
November 12, 2012 Roger Hudson in concert
Although Roger Hudson's finger-style solo guitar work embodies solid classical technique, his repertoire encompasses a broader scope. His concerts offer music that holds an accessible, entertaining and less academic appeal. Roger holds the audience's taste in high regard, and composes music that is intended to be enjoyed by guitar music experts as well general audiences. Many of his pieces can be described as holding a pleasant, Impressionist or American Impressionist character. He has never abandoned his American roots and Hudson's compositions are flavored with Blues, Jazz, and the varied influences of his youth. The incorporation of these honest influences holds relevance and familiarity for listeners while maintaining Roger's unique style.
December 10, 2012 - Gerardo Perez Capdevila in concert
Gerardo was born in Guantanamo, Cuba. He entered the National School of Music of Havana, where he studied under Aldo Rodriguez and Víctor Pellegrini. In 1985, Gerardo was accepted by the Superior Institute of Art of Havana to further his studies under Jesus Ortega. Gerardo has performed in the United States and in several countries of Europe. He performed in the world premiere of “Concert for Guitar and Orchestra,” by the Spanish composer Carlos Cruz de Castro. Gerardo has also recorded a compact disc called Sedruol. In 2001, Gerardo founded the “National Festival and Competition of Guitar-Cochabamba-Bolivia.” The guitarist Eliot Fisk (USA), commented on Gerardo: "Mr. Perez possesses a virtuous technique and a natural musicality that delights the audience."
January 14, 2013 - Eddy Lugo and his Flamenco Troupe
This four piece group, consists of Eddy Lugo (guitar, voice, palmas), Peter Suarez (dance, percussion, bolas), Chris Walker (guitar, voice, palmas), and Melinda Lugo (voice, dance, palmas). They display traditional and modern interpretations of flamenco dance, song, and guitar, including Alegrias, Milongas, Tangos, Sevillanas, Bulerias, and Farruca.
February 11, 2013 - Trio Voilá - music for flute, viola and guitar
Trio Voilà is a rare, mixed ensemble comprised of flute, viola and guitar. Offering a unique musical experience this combination of instruments has a long tradition with original music from the 19th and 20th centuries, along with new, ground-breaking and exciting music by contemporary composers. Composer Paul Fetler wrote about Trio Voilá: "I am struck by the high quality of every aspect of the performance. I feel it's an absolute must to hear this trio as it is a rare opportunity to hear this particularly rich sonority in contrast to more common chamber music."
March 11, 2013 - Andrew Stroud in concert
Andrew Stroud began studying classical guitar at the age of six and since that time has dedicated his life to music. He began studying with his father while living in Corsham, England. By the time he left the U.K. for the U.S. at the age of 10, he had already given his first public recitals (in Corsham and Swindon) and had passed his Royal Conservatory exams with honors. He has taught at Stetson University’s Community School for the Arts, at Florida State University, and as a guest of schools throughout Florida. He has published and recorded for the Hands On Teaching method, and has published articles in Soundboard magazine. Stroud is a doctoral candidate at the Florida State University.
April 8, 2013 - Rick Peterson and Jeff Sack, jazz guitar duo
These guys do some really nice improvising: mostly in the Latin Jazz style. They’re both finger-style guitarists who play nylon string guitars: very inspiring for us would be improvisors. The soloing is very lyrical and tasteful: they never seem to be short of ideas. None of the mind numbing, fast and flashy, scale-wise type soloing that you hear so often in Jazz. You can’t help thinking that that kind of stuff comes mostly from players who lack skills in ‘melodic invention’. No, this Latin Jazz Improvisation from Sack and Peterson is ‘spontaneous musical composition’ at it’s best. From guitarimpressions.com
The GuitarSarasota Mini Concert & Lecture Series is sponsored by the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County.