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Dusty Woodruffand and Matthew Anderson
Recording at St. Bartholomew's Church
Brighton - England (2013)

This recording parallels the repertoire performed on that tour and brings to the listener a virtuosic and musically grandiose excursion through the multi-cultural world of music for two guitars. MAGELLAN'S PLAYLIST - On Tour in China A child of the Renaissance, Ferdinand Magellan was the first explorer to sail from the Atlantic Ocean into the Pacific and the first to cross the Pacific before being murdered during the Battle of Mactan in the Philippine Islands. It was Magellan and his exploration that, with the passage of centuries, gave the world a sense of geographic unity and opened up a consciousness of the oneness of this multicultural universe. In this CD, featuring composers of myriad nationalities and with widely divergent musical styles, this eclecticism as displayed by the explorer in his groundbreaking circumnavigation of the globe, finds its realization in a musical context. Fazil Say (b. 1970), the Turkish crossover pianist and composer, builds his music on the principles of improvisation, enticing motives from molecules of sound and creating a unique musical landscape which has its roots in his native Turkey. Say is also an outspoken critic of social injustice and has acknowledged himself as a critic of religion, a stand which led to him being arrested and imprisoned for offenses against Islam. Musically, however, he has been touching audiences for more than 25 years with his musical inventiveness and intimate directness. Fazil Say belongs to the tradition of composers which includes Bartók, Enescu, and Ligeti, each of whom enriched their music through drawing on the richness of his indigenous folklore. John Duarte (1919-2004) contributed to a significant development of the guitar repertoire, most notably for his transcriptions for guitar solo of the Bach Suites for Unaccompanied Cello. His Greek Suite, op. 39 is often performed and contains five movements, "Zagoresios", "In the Valleys", "Tsirigotikos", "Karagouna", and "Kalamatianos", and shows the close connection between folk elements and "art" music. Duarte said in a radio interview about this suite: "… the Greek guitarist Evangelos Assimakopoulos, referring to my first Greek Suite, said it was impossible to believe that I had never been in Greece. In fact it was written in two weeks in 1968 and I first went to Greece in 1984! I believe that the character of a people is encapsulated in its folk music." Lowell Liebermann's (b. 1961) music mixes traditional tonality with innovative polytonal elements and creates a world of sound that is his own special signature. His Nocturne-Fantasy represented here is typical of this unique blending of disparate musical styles. His music has been performed around the world and recorded by some of America's greatest soloists. Liebermann resides in New York and is on the faculty of the Mannes College of The New School for Music there. Jean Francaix's (1912 - 1997) music is full with examples of musical humour as best reflected in his 4-movement Divertissement with its movements "Entrée", "Elegie", Madrigal" and "Rondeau". Francaix was a natural musical talent. His father, Director of the Conservatory at Le Mans, and his mother, a teacher of singing, sent him to the Le Mans Conservatory and, later to the Paris Conservatory. As a boy of six, he took up composing in a style strongly reminiscent of Maurice Ravel. Thereafter, Francaix studied with the renowned music peda gogue, Nadia Boulanger, who encouraged his career and considered him to be one of her finest students. Among Boulanger's pupils were Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein and Elliot Carter. Francaix remained musically prolific until his death in 1997. In 1991 he was named an Officier de la Légion d'honneur. Oriental influences and colour have permeated guitar music since the beginnings of western musical culture. Beginning with the Han Dynasty in China (206 B.C to 220 A.D), the expansion of the Silk Road through Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, and into the west afforded not only expanded trade opportunities but also an exchange of cultures which brought Eastern ideas to the Occident and opened the door to our modern, polyglot world. In Europe, this was especially true with Moorish influences brought into Spain during the crusades, influences which remained in Spanish music following the defeat of the Moors in 1492 and the return of the country to the Spanish crown. It is equally true as well in the cross-pollination of musical styles made possible through cultural interactions between China and the west as a result of the Silk Road. In the case of Ren Guang (1900 -1941) and especially in his mini-masterpiece, Silver Clouds Chasing the Moon, his studies in Paris in the early 20th century and his assimilation of western compositional techniques there made of him a fitting ambassador representing the richness of Chinese musical innovation. Among Ren Guang's most notable works are also his "Song of the Fishermen". Silver Clouds Chasing the Moon appears on this recording in a new arrangement by Cody Brookshire. Cody Brookshire is a native of Georgia in the USA and adds his background in pop, rock, alternative and classical guitar styles to the crossover beauty of Ren Guang's work. In recent correspondence, Cody commented on how "… this background on the fringes of experimental pop has helped shape my dedication to craft and fuel my creative spirit … Perhaps due to the difficulties of translation from the Chinese into English, the piece has an alternate English title which translates to "The Moon Chased by the Colourful Clouds," which I found inspiration in. With this thought, I decided to emphasize the 'colourful clouds' aspect by making the accompaniment richer and more interesting. Most of the harmonies feature extended sonorities … not uncommon in jazz music … Harmonics twinkle like stars over the lush accompaniment and entwine themselves into the melody … I also found it irresistible to include a touch of Spanish flare with some occasional strumming and a recurring tambora section, both of which come so natural to the guitar and are surprisingly at home in this arrangement." The French composer, Roland Dyens (b.1955), in his suite Comme des grands, reveals the darker side of the guitar repertoire, with "Gloomy Light", "Il Funghetto" and "Crown Blanc". Dyens was born in Tunisia and studied guitar with Alberto Ponce and musical analysis with Désiré Doneyne. Dyens is a virtuoso guitarist as well as a composer and tours extensively across Europe, the USA and Asia. He is considered one of the finest exponents of guitar improvisation alive. His concerts are events in themselves, often beginning with an improvised piece as a means of getting a feeling for the venue and for the audience. Compositionally, his music draws on Jazz and folk elements and his many arrangements have made their way into the standard repertoire of guitarists, worldwide. This CD closes with the music of Andrew York (b.1958), who's Evening Dance is a striking example of his own virtuosity as a composer and performer. York has made a reputation as a brilliant guitarist and is one of the most prolific and outspoken exponents of this instrument. He was also a member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, with whom he played for 16 years, and is an accomplished lutenist. © Prof. Steven Paul
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