Clara Rodríguez y Michael Collins rinden tributo a Fitzrovia

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Este jueves por la tarde se celebró el Festival Fitzrovia en el Bolivar Hall. La afamada pianista venezolana Clara Rodríguez, el conocido clarinetista Michael Collins y una maravillosa orquesta hicieron las delicias musicales de los presentes, durante este homenaje y recorrido a la zona donde tuvo lugar el concierto: Fitzrovia.

Durante el evento tocaron piezas de compositores venezolanos como Otilio Galíndez o  Juan Carlos Núñez y homenajearon a compositores clásicos como Mozart o Wagner. Los músicos que estaban sobre el escenario interpretaron estas obras con una gran habilidad y elegancia, transmitiendo el espíritu de esa música y de Fitzrovia al público y a la casa donde vivió Francisco de Miranda.

Sin duda, una velada inolvidable donde Clara Rodríguez, Michael Collins y la orquesta que les acompañó transportaron a los presentes, a través de su virtuosismo, a la Fitzrovia de épocas pasadas.

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FITZFEST 2016 Michael Collins (clarinet) Clara Rodriguez (piano) Festival Musicians

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Bolivar Hall 54-56 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL http://www.fitzfest.co.uk/

FitzFest 2016
Celebrating London’s Fitzrovia with its entire musical heritage from past generations together with the contemporary diversity that thrives today.

Michael Collins (Clarinet) Clara Rodríguez (Piano) and Festival Musicians

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7.30pm | Thursday 9th June 2016

Programme

Wagner: Siegfried Idyll

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 12 KV 414 in A major

Galíndez: Caramba and Pueblos tristes for clarinet and piano

Núñez: Anthology of Venezuelan Waltzes for piano, clarinet and string orchestra

Bliss: Clarinet Quintet

At Bolívar Hall,
54-56 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL
http://www.fitzfest.co.uk/
07956 484812
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Pianist Clara Rodriguez

 

 

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Francisco de Miranda House in Fitzrovia

Clara Rodriguez, a short biography

I was born in Caracas to parents sensitive to the arts. My father was a polemic writer who lived a tormentous life. Sadly he died in 2000 at the age of 64. My parents divorced when I was very young , so my mother  raised my sister Valentina, and I in the best possible way that a mother can: with lots of love, sacrificing her time, and taking me to music school from the age of 7.
I had a great childhood, fantastic and fun training, although strict, at the Conservatorio Juan José Landaeta, located in a beautiful old villa within a residential area of the city.
There were some good old grand pianos and a lovely smell of polished woods and exotic plants. There was a friendly atmosphere and my very elegant piano teacher, Guiomar Narváez introduced me to the great composers through a diet of lots of studies by Hanon, Czerny and the whole spectrum of the European repertoire. She had studied in Caracas and in Vienna. My harmony teacher was composer Angel Sauce, who also the director of the Conservatory.
When I was sixteen I participated in an audition organized by Carlos Díaz Sosa, the judges Michael Gough Matthews and Barbara Boissard had  flown in from the UK. I remember playing a Prelude and Fugue from the Book II of the W.T.C. by J.S. Bach, Chopin Study Op.10 No 1, Reflets dans l’eau by Debussy. They granted me a scholarship to come to study at London’s Royal College of Music  and it was decided that I should have Phyllis Sellick as my teacher. I am ever so grateful to them!
I spent a year at the Junior Department and six at the senior. Phyllis Sellick was my mentor, she was so inspirational, a combination of intellect and imagination, Romanticism and rigour. She had studied with Isidor Phillip and Maurice Ravel in Paris. As an adult, Rachmaninov  was one of her close acquaintances. She was sweet, very intelligent and had the highest standards in piano playing I have ever come across. All the major English composers dedicated piano works to her including Arthur Bliss, Michael Tippet and Vaughan Williams.

Paul Badura-Skoda, Regina Smendzianka and Niel Immelman have also inspired me with their knowledge of piano playing and have had a fundamental influence on me as keep having my pianists friends such as Barry Douglas.

I love playing abroad, but it can also be a bit daunting; the music you play and love at home might not be what people of different cultures might like, or so I used to think. Going to far away countries and cultures like exotic India, Tunisia, Morocco, Syria, Egypt to play a mixture of  European and Latin American music used to worry me a little, but taught me that people everywhere are eager and happy to receive it. Playing in Europe or the United States has also been really interesting and enriching.

I greatly enjoy performing solo recitals, as well as being a soloist with  orchestras; playing with incredibly talented musicians in ensembles of Classical or Latin American music is always fulfilling and an infinite learning curve.

Sharing the stage with actors as I have with Karin Fernald or Alberto Rowinski in productions of our own such as “Liszt in petticoats” (dedicated to Teresa Carreño) and “Con-cierto humor” has been lovely because I have learnt from their artistic field to listen to the way they deliver their lines so beautifully.

Gypsy Ballade” was another fantastic show that I loved producing and performing alongside Marisela Romero and José Manuel Garzón, actors/dancers that came from Spain. It was inspired by Federico Garcia Lorca’s poetry, songs and life mixed with readings from his journals, in English, by Karen Fernald and a fabulous stage decor by French artist Jacques Iselin. I played a number of piano pieces from the Andalusian region of Spain.

In 2011 I was very fortunate in that I wrote and performed my own “Franz Liszt” ; this took place in Caracas with fantastic actor Caridad Canelón and narrated by Miguel Delgado-Estévez , a really beautiful experience.

In relation to music and words, I have a dream of producing in the near future The Passionate Life of Isaac Albeniz which will be based on a script written by Trader Faulkner.

Recording CDs is also part of my activities, I find that making them is immensely rewarding but also very difficult. Up to now I have produced and recorded five Venezuelan music CDs, another one of Late Piano Works by Chopin, and the piano music by Ernesto Lecuona.

I am particularly fond of the release El Cuarteto and me produced of a live concert performed in Caracas five years ago, it is a collection of dances and songs from Venezuela.

Frequently I am asked to participate in interviews on the radio, the written press and on TV; the programme In Tune on BBC 3 is one of the loveliest to do because one both plays, and talks ‘live’ on it. As a child, my first ever TV live performance was done in Caracas where I remember playing two very fast Scarlatti Sonatas; then I had fun appearing next to pianist Rosario Marciano as well as playing on a TV programme dedicated to the history of the piano at the Museo del Teclado of Caracas.

In 1993 up to 1998 I founded and directed a music festival in Caracas at the Teatro San Martín. It was wonderful to see the project come to life in an area of Caracas where before there had not been any music.

Lately I curated, produced and directed the Clara Rodriguez Bolivar Hall Concert Series in London and the “Legendary Piano Festival of Caracas” to celebrate the aquisition of a fabulous concert grand-Steinway that belonged first to the Royal Festival Hall and now lives in the Sala José Félix Ribas. Something I am very proud of as I had the responsability of finding the piano and organizing every detail of the festival.

Composers such Federico Ruiz, Miguel Astor, Adrián Suárez, Mirtru Escalona, Lawrence Casserley, Michael Rosas Cobián and Juan Carlos Núñez have written and dedicated pieces to me, for that gesture I am deeply grateful and I have tried to do justice to their marvellous effort and creative talent by recording and playing their music in public concerts. Sometimes as publishing editor as in the case of the Pieces for Children under 100 years of age by Federico Ruiz (Spartan Press and The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music)

I have enjoyed playing a dozen solo recitals and concerts with friends at the Southbank Centre, some others at Wigmore Hall, St. Martin-In-The-Fields and a number of concertos at St. John’s Smith Square, including Ravel in G, Rachmaninov 3rd, Schumann in A minor, Nights in the Gardens of Spain and Federico Ruiz’s Second Piano Concerto.

I have also produced and performed “In the mood for tango”, “Tangoitis”, “Monnlight Sonata by Candlelight”, “Latin Bach” and “Appassionata Sonata by Candlelight”.

For the last eight years I have taught the piano at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music of London, an activity that gives me much joy and allows me to be in touch with lovely emerging talents.

I consider myself very lucky to count with wonderful passionate artists that work lovingly on my leaflets, CD covers and general image such as the photographers Antolín Sánchez, Jean-Luc Muller and Sogand Bahram, graphic designers Carlos David and Gabriella Bello and dress designer Valentina Rodríguez.

My CDs are available on the Nimbus Records label from: http://www.wyastone.co.uk/all-labels/nimbus/classical.html?instrumentalist=2499 or from Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Clara-Rodriguez/e/B004RV4JQE/ref=ac_dpt_sa_bio

You can listen to some of my recordings or live performances on my Youtube channel:  http://www.youtube.com/user/Venpianista

You can also communicate with me through:

My website http://www.clararodriguez.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VENPIANISTA

and my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pianoclararodriguez?ref=hl

Clara Rodriguez/Antolin Sanchez photography

Concert on Monday 1st July 2013 from Argentina to Puerto Rico!

Next Monday 1st July 2013 DO NOT MISS A FANTASTIC CONCERT of Latin American music.

From Tangos to merengues from waltzes to salsa!

Clara Rodriguez, piano

Efrain Oscher, flute

Cristóbal Soto, mandolin, cuatro, guitar

Gabriel León, doublebass

Wilmer Sifontes, percussion

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It will be lovely to see you there. Monday 1 July 2013, 7:30 in the Bolivar Hall of the Venezuelan Embassy: 54-56 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL, near Warren Street tube station http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/clararodriguezbolivarseries/

The great jazz pianist and composer Leo Blanco on Clara Rodríguez Bolívar Hall Concert Series

In a one London concert before touring Scotland this marvellous Venezuelan jazz pianist and composer will play on Thursday 20th June at 7.30 pm at The Bolívar Hall.

Tickets:£10.00 from
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Leo Blanco is a Venezuelan pianist, arranger and composer. Leo grew up in Mérida-Venezuela, where from early age he was surrounded by Venezuelan folklore – a blend of African and European musical traditions– as well as jazz, classical music and pop. At the age of 11 he already was a member of the Mérida Youth Symphony Orchestra.

 

After moving to Caracas at the age of 16 he performed and recorded with his own Jazz trio, while studying Improvisation, jazz harmony and piano at the musical Institute “Ars Nova” and University of Musical Studies. Soon he started working with very well-known jazz and Latin pop national artists. There, he shared the stage with major international jazz artist such as Terence Blanchard, Danilo Perez, Pat Metheny, Chucho Valdez (Irakere), Joao Bosco, and Gonzalo Rubalcaba.

 

His interest in world music and jazz took him to Boston in 1996, where he obtained a full scholarship to study composition and improvisation in both Berklee and then New England Conservatory.  In March 1996, Leo was the first Latin American to win the prestigious “Boston Jazz Society Award”, and in May of the same year, he received the Billboard Grant Award for his “talent, commitment, achievement and other attributes indicating that he is likely to make a significant contribution to society through music. He was also commissioned to write a new piece “End of the Amazonia”  for the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

 

He has played with highly acclaimed artists such as Dave Liebman, George Garzone, Luciana Souza, Bob Moses, Dave Samuels, Jamey Haddad, Antonio Sanchez, Giovanni Hidalgo, Jane Bunnett.

 

In the international arena, Leo has been a guest of renowned World Music and Jazz Festivals, such as Newport Jazz Festival (USA), Monterey Jazz Festival (USA), North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland), Edinburgh’s International Festival (Scotland), Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Kobe Jazz Festival (Japan), Festival de Música (Brazil), Festival Latino Americano (Italy), Festival Latino (Italy), Festival Tentarera (Germany), Music Festival de Paleo (Switzerland).

 

Blanco’s most recent Album CD is “AFRICA LATINA’ on the European label Ayva with notable musicians like saxophonist Donny McCaslin, drummer Antonio Sánchez and guitarist Lionel Louke, among others. This new recording is “an excursion through the music hinterland of African music influenced on Venezuela, Colombia and Peru.”

 

Leo Blanco is a pianist who has mastered the bebop lexicon while also paying homage to the rhythms of his nation’s folk music.”
– The Stage, London, England

“In Leo Blanco’s music I hear memory and desire – both his meticulous ear for the varieties of South American tradition”
– Christopher Lydon, NPR U.S.

“When you listen to Leo play it just blows you away while motivates you. He just inspires and gives you new sensations”…..
World Pianist and Composer Danilo Perez (Wayne Shorter)

“It is some of the most fresh and moving music I’ve heard in a long time. Leo Blanco has a gift for melody and his playing is just as special”
-Donald Brown (Master pianist: Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers) 

Tickets:£10.00 from
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Liszt B minor Sonata – Hard Core Romanticism on the 6th June at the Bolívar Hall

Franz Liszt (1811-1886) once said, “My sole ambition as a composer is to hurl my javelin into the infinite space of the future.”

As always, I am enjoying working on the powerful work, Liszt B minor Sonata, a challenge!:

“Not only are its four movements rolled into one, but they are themselves composed against a background of a full-scale sonata scheme—exposition, development, and recapitulation. That is, Liszt has composed a sonata across a sonata…. the material is constantly making contributions to two sonata forms simultaneously.” This immense experiment in form was unprecedented. Liszt had achieved his goal of living in the rarefied zone of Beethoven himself.

He completed the sonata on Feb. 2, 1853, the year Teresa Carreño was born, I am starting the programme with Mi Teresita Waltz followed by El diablo suelto by Heraclio Fernández who died the same year as Liszt! Fun!

In 1855 Liszt’s pupil Karl Klindworth gave Richard Wagner a private recital in London. The next day, Wagner wrote to the composer, “Dearest Franz, You were with me, the sonata is beautiful beyond compare; great, sweet, deep and noble, sublime as you are yourself.”I prefer not to include here Clara Schumann’s comment on the work…

The English critic Cecil Gray wrote, “The essence of his art, consists in a sadness, a melancholy, a disillusion, a despair, of a depth and intensity unequaled, perhaps, in all music”

I would add elegance, defiance, triumphalism.

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WAR OF THE ROMANTICS LISZT VERSUS BRAHMS Clara Rodriguez, piano Jordan Gregoris, cello

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Franz Liszt

LISZT VERSUS BRAHMS

CLARA RODRIGUEZ, PIANO

JORDAN GREGORIS, CELLO

http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/clararodriguezbolivarseries/

Clara Rodríguez Bolívar Hall Concert Series

Thursday 6th June 2013 at 7.30 pm

  PROGRAMME

Mi Teresita Waltz – Teresa Carreño (1853-1916)

El diablo suelto – Heraclio Fernández (1851-1886) Arr.Pedro Toro

Au bord d’une source and  Sonata in B minor   Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

                                                                                     INTERVAL

                                               Sonata in G minor No 1   Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

                                                 Allegro non troppo- Allegretto quasi Menuetto- Allegro

                                                     Le Grand Tango      Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)

It’s such a privilege to be able to play these wonderful pieces of music on the 6th June at London’s Bolivar Hall, really  looking forward to it!

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Johannes Brahms

Clara Rodriguez and Jordan Gregoris rehearsing at The Bolivar Hall