Xavier Díaz-LatorreXavier Díaz-Latorre - baroque guitar
|Fri 26 Apr, 8pm||Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray|
'Baroque Guitar Music from Ireland and Spain'
Renowned guitarist Xavier Díaz-Latorre to perform in Ireland for the first time as part of "Concerts at the Mermaid", a series of concerts in Bray curated by musician in residence Eamon Sweeney
The 17th century was a golden age for the guitar, and some of the greatest baroque musicians played and composed for it. Xavier Díaz-Latorre’s performance at the Mermaid will include an evocative selection of Irish and Spanish guitar music from this period, transporting listeners from the Dublin of Carolan and Swift to the palaces and taverns of Imperial Spain.
Xavier Díaz-Latorre’s programme will incorporate music by the prolific Irish harpist-composer Turlough O’Carolan (1670 – 1738) alongside very fine examples of Spanish baroque guitar music by the composer Francesc Guerau (1649 – 1722) and guitar masters Gaspar Sanz (1640 – 1710) and Santiago de Murcia (1673 – 1739).
Described by Early Music Review as “…breathtaking…”, Xavier Díaz-Latorre has just returned from touring Australasia and China, and his busy international performing career has also taken him to venues such as Carnegie Hall and Covent Garden. He is the guitarist/lutenist of choice for the internationally acclaimed viol player and conductor, Jordi Savall, and he has made over 40 recordings for international labels. He teaches Early Plucked String Performance and Continuo at Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya and the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, and he is a former student of the influential guitarist Oscar Ghiglia, who performed in the National Opera House, Wexford as part of a Music Network Artist Residency in 2017.
“Concerts at Mermaid” is a series of six concerts curated by Musician in Residence Eamon Sweeney as part of the Music Network Artist Residency in partnership with the Mermaid Arts Centre and Wicklow County Council. Initiated by Music Network in 2015, the first Music Network Artist Residency programme was developed in partnership with Triskel Christchurch and supported by Cork City Council and was curated by pianist Phil Ware. In 2017 the programme was developed in collaboration with Wexford County Council Arts Office and the National Opera House, Wexford and was curated by guitarist Redmond O’Toole.
|Fri 26 Apr||Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray||8pm , €16 / €14||01-2724030|
Xavier Díaz-Latorre’s programme will incorporate music by the prolific Irish harpist-composer Turlough O’Carolan (1670 – 1738) alongside very fine examples of Spanish baroque guitar music by the composer Francesc Guerau (1649 – 1722) and guitar masters Gaspar Sanz (1640 – 1710) and Santiago de Murcia ( 1673 – 1739).
"He is not merely a virtuoso... he is an oracle receiving from the spirits of composers remembered and forgotten the concentrated essence of the Spanish guitar"- Voix des Arts
"...breathtaking..."- Early Music Review