Founders Hall 2016 (06/07/16)

We are returning to Founder’s Hall for their 2016 concert series, we had a fantastic time with them in 2015!

We are showcasing a lot of repertoire that was new for us, beginning the concert with a piece by Sergio Assad called Uarekena. It is a wonderful, virtuosic showpiece infused with Assad’s brazilian heritage.

Continuing the Brazilian theme we are including our arrangements of Egberto Gismonti’s Frevo, Agua Y Vinho and Baião Malandro.
Opals by Philip Houghton and Quiccan by Andrew York make a reappearance whilst the virtuosic Pluck, strum, and hammer by Bryan Johanson provides some fretboard fireworks. Pluck, strum, and hammer is a homage to Jimi Hendrix and is inspired by the fact Hendrix had lived next door to the Baroque composer Handel on Brook Street in Mayfair, separated by one wall and over 200 years. Johanson juxtaposes Hendrix’s first hit single Hey Joe with Handel’s first published work, 12 Sonatas for recorder, Op.1. He describes the quotes as “passing each other in the score like two good neighbours passing each other on the street. The work is in a single mercurial movement and celebrates a groove-based freewheeling guitar style”.

Our arrangements of the organ pieces Prélude, Fugue et Variation by César Franck and Organ Fugue BWV 578 by J.S. Bach provide the classical backbone of the program.

George has been busy arranging our final piece, written a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…

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