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Oregon Guitar Quartet CD Release

Posted By Connie Sheu, Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Cube Squared Records presents ‘World Tour’, the fifth full-length recording by the Oregon Guitar Quartet. In this project the venerable ensemble takes an imaginary musical tour of the planet, playing from the vast and rich world music traditions. Music from Japan, Java, China, Russia, Greece, Catalonia, Zimbabwe, Argentina and Mexico is masterly performed in newly created arrangements.

Critics and audiences alike have praised the Oregon Guitar Quartet’s performances and recordings - each has garnered international attention and airplay on hundreds of radio stations across the nation.

The Oregon Guitar Quartet is an ensemble of four of the finest classical guitarists working in the Pacific Northwest. The four members, David Franzen, John Mery, Jesse McCann and Bryan Johanson have come together to create a new chapter in the history of the classical guitar quartet. Their collective musical interests span centuries of repertoire and dozens of music styles. Each is an experienced performer with diverse background.

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Oregon Guitar Quartet CD Release

Posted By Connie Sheu, Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Oregon Guitar Quartet celebrates the release of their fourth CD, "Classic”. This record features symphonies by four classical masters: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Josef Haydn, Antonio Salieri and Georg Christoph Wagenseil in original arrangements for guitar quartet. The ensemble will perform works from this latest release and upcoming projects, as well favorites from past recordings.

Critics and audiences alike have praised the Oregon Guitar Quartet’s previous recordings – each has garnered international attention and airplay on hundreds of radio stations across the nation.

"A world class quartet.” "This is a fine recording.” "In the end, it is the joyousness, energy, and precision of the performance that convinces me that this group is one to hear.”
Soundboard Magazine vol. 37 no. 4

"The arresting linear clarity that makes the listener sit up and take notice in the Bach transcription portends several things: the emergence of a new, major force in the world of guitar playing, defined (among many other things) by a close ensemble precision and a collective instrumental mastery.” "The Oregon Guitar Quartet is actively setting new standards in the art of plucked string ensemble playing.” "...exceptional recordings.”

Chris Hathaway KUHA-FM Houston Classical Radio

The Oregon Guitar Quartet is an ensemble of four of the finest classical guitarists working in the Pacific Northwest. The four members, David Franzen, John Mery, Jesse McCann and Bryan Johanson have come together to create a new chapter in the history of the classical guitar quartet. Their collective musical interests span centuries of repertoire and dozens of music styles. Each is an experienced performer with diverse backgrounds.

Contact: 503-880-2267 - info@oregonguitarquartet.com

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Berta Rojas Releases New CD

Posted By Connie Sheu, Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Salsa Roja, is the new release from internationally acclaimed, Latin Grammy-nominated classical guitarist Berta Rojas. The CD, which borrows its name from a sultry dance with origins in Cuba, comprises 12 compositions that highlight the rhythms and sounds of Latin America, one of the most musically diverse regions of the world. Some of the composers featured on the CD include British guitarist Vincent Lindsey-Clark, Argentine Quique Sinesi and Julio César Oliva of Mexico.

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Eleftheria Kotzia Releases New CD "Gypsy Ballad"

Posted By Connie Sheu, Thursday, August 1, 2013
"It was the folkloric element, expressed by the special, intimate sound of the guitar which attracted me to the repertoire chosen for this recording. In a way, I feel as though I’ve come full circle since recording The Blue Guitar (incl. the first recording of Tippett’s Guitar Sonata), Mediterraneo (works by composers inspired by Greek music, which also reflect my Greek roots), La Guitarra Latina (South American music) and Fuoco (Mediterranean music).

These in turn inspired me to research and record music which pulled all these diverse strands together in repertoire containing folkloric, ethnic element from both the old and the new world.

The disc consists of a wide-ranging repertoire of little known works which I hope will be both stimulating and entertaining. They express the voice of the contemporary classical guitar and it’s music that I love.” - Eleftheria Kotzia

Gypsy Ballad includes the Spaniards Moreno Torroba and Joaquin Rodrigo as well as songs and dances from the ‘old world’ (Armenia, Macedonia, the Balkans, Persia[Iran]). The gypsy song Sostar Mange was beautifully crafted by the Czech composer Sylvia Bodorová in her Gypsy Ballad. From the ‘new world’ the famous tangos Cumparsita and El Choclo from Argentina and Uruguay are the only arrangements, alongside original music from Brazil, the infectious rhythms of the Afro-influenced music of the Caribbean and the purity of Venezuelan song.

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