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The Irish Guitar Quartet

Fri 22 November, 8:00pm

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An evening with Ireland’s leading Guitar Quartet

The Irish Guitar Quartet is comprised of Ireland's most talented and versatile classical guitarists and is one of Ireland's premier instrumental ensembles. Jerry Creedon, David Keating, Fiona Falvey and Aengus Kirakowski have garnered international acclaim as soloists. Each member contributes towards the creation of exciting, dynamic and engaging musical performances. The Irish Guitar Quartet invites audiences to experience and enjoy a variety of musical styles including Latin, Far East, Folk and American classics. 


PROGRAMME

1. Bluezilian                                                                   Clarice Assad (b. 1978)

2. Cafezinho                                                                  Matthew Dunne (b. 1959)

3. Opals (1993)                                                             Phillip Houghton (1954-2017) Black Opal -  Water Opal – White Opal

4. Stairs (1998)                                                             David Pritchard (b. 1949)

5. Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 BWV 10511               J.S. Bach (1685 - 1750) arr.  James F. Smith  Allegro -  Adagio Ma Non Tanto – Allegro

6. Grises y Soles                                                          Maximo Diego Pujol (b. 1957)

INTERVAL

1. Carmen Suite arr. William Kanengiser                   Georges Bizet (1838 - 1875) Argonaise -  Habanera -  Seguidilla – Toreadors - Entr’acte – Gypsy Dance

2. Introduction and Fandango                                    Luigi Boccherini (1743 - 1805)

3. Cuban Landscape with Rain                                 Leo Brouwer (b. 1939)

4. Comme un Tango (1993)                                      Patrick Roux (b. 1962)

Approx duration 95 minutes including nterval.


PROGRAMME NOTES

Bluezillian                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

“This piece came to me very naturally, I guess in part because I feel very close to blues, jazz and Brazilian styles. It is made up of a few main themes, which are woven together and were written to work in their own individual styles, but which can also be shaped to cross over among themselves. It uses rhythms such as samba and baião in the Brazilian portion, as well as rhythms and colours that are found in North American blues, rock and jazz. Thus, the title... “ Clarice Assad

Cafezinho

Matthew Dunne, guitarist and composer, has been a frequent collaborator with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, having composed music for three consecutive LAGQ CDs, including the GRAMMY winning Guitar Heroes.  Cafezinho bridges the decreasing gap between classical techniques and jazz, incorporating a samba feel with classical compositional techniques, and including beautiful melodies and harmonies idiomatic of Brazilian jazz and popular music.

Opals                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

In Opals, written in 1993 and revised in 2014, the Australian composer Phillip Houghton aims to depict the kaleidoscope of colours found in the different types of opal stone. In the first movement, ‘Black Opal’, Houghton states, the group should sound like a ‘big Kalimba’ (thumb piano). The second movement, ‘Water Opal’, establishes a transparent, water-like texture, slow rolled chords offset by rhythmic   interjections. Finally, ‘White Opal’ uses cross-rhythms and sudden modulations to create an aural translation of the flashes and splinters found in this stone. His music, brilliantly suggests the beauty and harshness of the Australian landscape.

Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 BWV 10311                                                                                                  

Of all six Brandenburg Concertos, there could hardly be a better piece suited for four guitars than the Brandenburg        Concerto No. 6. In the first movement, Allegro, the first guitar no sooner begins the theme when he is answered by the    second guitar. Bach maintains this tight imitation throughout the movement.  The Adagio ma non tanto has to be among the Baroque “top ten” tear-jerkers of all time.. Bach brings us back down to Earth with a hearty jig, the final Allegro.

Grises y Soles

“Buenos Aires suffers from the same schizophrenia as its inhabitants. Ciudad Oculta* and Palermo Chico** offer us the same expressions, the most beautiful theatres, the cafes, the green open spaces and the most extreme misery, inside and outside alike. People living there experience the most extreme loneliness, but they have a sad and ageless look. These are the “Greys and Suns”, from inside and outside. Maximo Diego Pujol   *A shantytown in the suburbs of Buenos Aires where drug addicts and delinquents hang out.     ** A well-off part of Buenos Aires

Carmen Suite                                                                                                                                                                                                            

William Kanengiser's arrangement of a suite from Parisian George Bizet's opera Carmen, proves yet again that no one can capture the essence of Spanish culture quite like a complete foreigner. The six-movement suite from Bizet's score is a     perennial audience favourite.

Introduction and Fandango                                                                                                                                                   

 Originally written for guitar quintet, the Introduction and Fandango is the fourth movement of the Quintet for Guitar and Strings in D, G 448. Though Italian by birth, Luigi Boccherini spent much of his adult life in Spain where he was exposed to the traditional folk music and flamenco traditions, the influence of which is obvious in this piece. The slow and contemplative introduction paves the way for a flamenco influenced fandango.

Cuban Landscape with Rain

Cuban Landscape with Rain, by Cuban composer Leo Brouwer, creates a complete rainstorm, beginning with occasional water droplets and ending with a raging torrent complete with hail.

Comme un Tango                                                                                                                                                                                       

Patrick Roux was born in France and moved to Canada in 1967. Today, he is a professor of guitar at the Conservatoire de Québec. He co-founded the Canadian Guitar Quartet. Published by Les Productions d’Oz, his works include a series       dedicated to tango. Comme un Tango has some beautiful melodies as well as energetic romps into tango and flamenco.

Notes by Jerry Creedon


THE MUSICIANS   

JERRY CREEDON                                                                                                                                                                                                    

The lrish guitarist JERRY CREEDON was born in Cork and has studied guitar from a young age. After graduating from University College, Cork, he studied with the famed German guitarist Siegfried Behrend in Germany; a Spanish Government Scholarship enabled him to study at the Andres Segovia Summer School in Santiago de Compostela; the Irish Arts Council grant-aided him to attend master classes given by world-famous virtuoso John Williams in Cordoba. Jerry Creedon is a Lecturer of Classical Guitar and founder of the Classical Guitar Studies Programme (since 1998) at the state of the art CIT Cork School of Music. He has attracted some of the World’s most famous guitarists to perform and teach at the CIT Cork School of Music including John Williams, The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Xue Fei Yang, Roland Dyens, Fabio Zanon, Craig Ogden, David Leisner, Christoph Jaggin, Jacob Lindberg and William Carter. Jerry is an experienced musician and has performed in Ireland, Germany and Spain, both as a soloist and a  chamber musician. He has appeared with numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles and has his own Jazz  Ensemble with which he performs at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. He has performed at the National Concert Hall, Universities, and numerous Festivals. Jerry has recorded CDs of music by Sanz, Pujol and Villa-Lobos and has recently formed the highly acclaimed Irish Guitar Quartet. He recently performed on the film score to Paul Mercier’s “Pursuit”.

DAVID KEATING

David Keating is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, where he studied with the acclaimed guitarist Craig    Ogden, and was awarded a First Class Honours MMus Degree in classical guitar performance. Previously David studied in Dublin with John Feeley and in Cork with Jerry Creedon. He achieved a First Class Honours degree at the CIT Cork School of Music, where he now teaches classical guitar. He has won many music prizes in Ireland including the John Vallery Memorial Prize in the Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year Competition, the CSM Senior Recital Competition (adjudicated by Alan Smale - Former Leader of the RTE National Symphony Orchestra), and the Feis Ceoil Cup and Gold Medal for Classical Guitar Performance. David performs extensively around Ireland and the UK, both as a soloist and a chamber musician. 2015/2016 has seen him perform Concertos with the London based Angel Orchestra, a performance of Rodrigo’s iconic Concierto de Aranjuez, with Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra, and solo recitals for Cromer Music Evenings and Adur Arts Forum. In addition, he recently performed Rodrigo’s guitar concerto with Sheffield Symphony Orchestra and was featured soloist with the Lancashire Chamber Orchestra in November 2017.  Upcoming concerts in 2019 include Irish dates with Fandango Guitar Duo, and the Irish Guitar Quartet, as well as solo recitals at Salamanca Arts Centre and Mona Museum, Australia.  As a chamber musician, David currently plays with the Irish Guitar Quartet, Fandango Guitar Duo, and recently toured with the Irish Tenor Finbar Wright. David plays a 2018 Greg Smallman guitar, and gratefully acknowledges support from Music Network Ireland.

FIONA FALVEY

FIONA FALVEY has just received a First Class  BMus degree from the CIT Cork School of Music where she majors in voice studies under the direction of Mary MacSweeney. Fiona has studied Classical Guitar with Jerry Creedon for the past four years, attaining scholarships in all her exams. She has also received Masterclasses from noted guitarists such as Nicholas Goluses and Roland Dyens. Fiona performs regularly with the senior guitar orchestra of the Cork School of Music. She is a soloist and ensemble member of the CIT CSM Opera Studio Platform, performing extensively around the country in Opera festivals and private functions. Fiona is a multiple prize winner in the Feis Maitiu winning classes in Opera Arias, Opera Duets and Lieder. She recently performed in the RDS Dublin as part of the Rising Stars Concert Series. She played the role of Cherubino in CSM's production of The Marriage of Figaro in 2014.

AENGUS KIRAKOWSKI

AENGUS KIRAKOWSKI is a Cork-born guitarist and music educator. Beginning his studies at UCC, he then furthered his studies in musical performance at the CIT Cork School of Music. Aengus has participated in master classes with international names such as Johann Fostier, Remi Boucher, Xuefei Yang and Arturo Tallini in various locations around the world.

After spending a year at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, studying with Estonian virtuoso Heiki Matlik, Aengus then completed his studies with Jerry Creedon in Cork. As a classical guitarist Aengus has performed at the RDS, as well as Musgrave Park, the City Hall, and participated in the Cork Jazz Festival. However, Aengus has also presented his views on the current state of music and education to the International Society for Music Education, as well as to the Society for Music Education in Ireland.

Recently awarded an MA in Digital Arts and Humanities at UCC for his research into music education, Aengus is also currently involved in various outreach projects involving other art forms - collaborating on soundtracks for up-and-coming podcasts, as well as performing his own arrangements of Irish traditional melodies and songs for The Music and Poetry of 1916.