Clara Rodríguez Bolívar Hall Concert Series June/July 2013
Passionate music played by passionate performers!
A unique opportunity to hear the best Classical, Jazz and South American music performed by a host of stars at London’s Bolívar Hall. Venezuelan pianist Clara Rodriguez has curated a series of four concerts showcasing fascinating programmes mixing tradition and novelty, high musicianship and virtuosity.
Established well-loved Venezuelan and French musicians will display generously their talent in the heart of London.
Tickets: £10.00 each concert Special offer: £30.00 for the four concerts
In advance from http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/clararodriguezbolivarseries/
or at the door on the day of the concerts.
Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or a soft drink with the performers after the concerts
Bolívar Hall 54 Grafton Way London W1T 5DL
Nearest tube: Warren Street
Thursday 06 June 2013 at 7.30 pm Clara Rodríguez, piano, Jordan Gregoris, cello
Venezuelan dances, Liszt Au bord d’une source and B minor Sonata, Brahms No 1 Sonata for cello and piano, Piazzolla Le Grand Tango
Thursday 13 June at 7.30 pm Kenny Salazar, piano / Humberto de Lucía, guitar
Bach Cello Suite no.2 in D minor (arr. Richard Wright, A minor), Giuliani Sonatina for guitar plus V.E.Sojo, Alirio Díaz/Indio Figueredo and Lauro
Bach Partita N1, Schumann Romance N 2, Scriabin Fantasy in B minor, plus Venezuelan pieces by Henry Martínez, Díaz Peña and E. Castellanos
Thursday 20 June at 7.30 pm Jazz pianist and composer Leo Blanco
His music is rooted in the Africa-Latina rhythms of his homeland and enriched by the vast knowledge of jazz and understanding of the classical tradition, he is a professor of piano at America’s premier music college, Berklee. An only London performance on his way to touring Scotland where he has drawn standing ovations at Aberdeen Jazz Festival.He is the winner of the Bank of Scotland Herald Angel prize awarded for outstanding performances during the Edinburgh Festival.
Monday 1 July 2013 at 7.30 pm
Tangos, Joropos, Merengues, Waltzes and Salsa! A journey from Argentina to Puerto Rico
Efrain Oscher, flute/ Clara Rodríguez, piano/ Cristóbal Soto mandolin, cuatro, guitar/Gabriel León, doublebass/ Wilmer Sifontes, percussion
“From the tragic Argentinian samba ‘Alfonsina y el mar’ to Piazzola’s iconic piano tango ‘Adios Nonino’, and rousing numbers such as ‘Capullito de Aleli’, by Puerto Rican Rafael Hernandez, the music, vividly brought to life the colours, sights and sounds of South America in passionate and dramatic performances with infectious syncopated rhythms from the percussion, the haunting strains of the flute, the flamenco-like strum of the guitar or mandolin, an elegant and vibrant piano, this was music to savour – heartfelt, hypnotic, buoyant and vibrant. For a few hours, at least, it was as if we were all on holiday together.” Frances Wilson for Bachtrack
” I have enjoyed a number of Clara Rodríguezs more recent discs and I have enjoyed this one as much.
It helps to like Ernesto Lecuonas good-time music but I cannot imagine anyone, other than a diehard serialist, not liking it, or at least actively objecting to it.
If you enjoy the imposing vistas projected in Ante El Escorial, a kind of Granados, you will be delighted by both the piece and the playing.
There is real rhythmic vitality generated in Granada, with its ancillary hints of Debussy, something else that aligns the Cuban Lecuona to earlier Iberian composers such as Granados and Albéniz.
Here, too, Flamenco is fused with Lisztian flourish with devilishly exciting results.
The Danzas cubanas are full of verve and colour, and played with considerable digital clarity and stylistic acumen.
Elements of the music sound like Cubano Rags, yet others like updated Gottschalk, which is not wholly unsurprisingly since they are nineteenth-century dances.
The other two cycles are the Afro-Cuban Dances and Suite Andalucia. The former glitter ebulliently and are marked by teasing rhythms and splendidly hummable tunes.
The latter cycle is no less exciting, each movement a monument to a town or landmark and full of colour, and a very personal sense of warmth and immediacy. The movement devoted to the Guadalquivir, for instance, is rich but not over-complex thematically”.–Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb-International.com, February 2013