The International Guitar Quartet to perform at the National Opera House, Wexford, 18th November
31 October 2017
The International Guitar Quartet featuring Derek Gripper (South Africa), Rosa Maria Robinson (Mexico), Adam Levin (USA) and Redmond O’Toole (Ireland) to perform at the National Opera House, Wexford, Saturday 18th November
Music Network Artist Residency in partnership with the National Opera House and Wexford County Council
Music Network is delighted to announce the debut performance of the International Guitar Quartet for the final concert of its Artist Residency 2017 with the National Opera House and Wexford County Council on Saturday 18th November at 8pm. Featuring Derek Gripper (South Africa), Rosa Maria Robinson (Mexico), Adam Levin (USA) with Artist in Residence Redmond O’Toole, this stellar quartet will perform an eclectic programme of works from around the world by George Philipp Telemann, Joseph Williams, Arturo Márquez and the world premiere of two new works by members of the quartet - Derek Gripper and Redmond O’Toole. Tickets are €20, available at Tel. 053 912 2144 / nationaloperahouse.ie.
For over ten years, Derek Gripper has produced some of South Africa’s most extraordinary musical works by fusing the country’s disparate creative traditions with styles throughout the world. His music draws on European classical traditions, avant-garde Brazilian works, Malian kora works, Cape Town’s folk styles such as ghoema/goema and vastrap, and even Indian classical music, all the while synthesising them into a style uniquely his own. His ninth album, 'One Night on Earth: Music from the Strings of Mali', recorded at an all-night session, magically conjures a new a centuries-old ancient African musical heritage. “Gripper is able to transcend the instrument with his performances…” Guitar International
Mexican guitarist Rosa Maria Robinson is acclaimed for her powerful interpretation and incomparable stage presence. Presenting contemporary to traditional classical guitar repertoire including Mexican and Latin American music, she has deeply moved audiences wherever she has performed. As soloist and chamber musician, Robinson has performed on important stages and festivals in Mexico and abroad: Art Centre Guarnerius Belgrade Serbia, IX Festival GuitarISTRA 2011 Croatia, International Festival of Pescara, Italy 2011 and Palacio de Bellas Artes Mexico. She was awarded a scholarship to the famous Segovia class at Academia Chigiana at Siena, Italy with Professor Oscar Ghiglia where she was the recipient of the Diploma di Merito 2006.
Praised for his “visceral and imaginative performances” by the Washington Post, top prize winning classical guitarist and recording artist Adam Levin has performed on four continents across the globe. Levin has performed extensively across the United States at renowned venues such as Chicago’s Pick Staiger, Nichols, and Mayne Stage concert halls as well as at the prestigious Art Institute of Chicago; Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, and Jordan Hall; Spivey Hall in Atlanta; repeat appearances at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City; and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. In Europe, Levin has performed in some of the finest venues across Spain, Italy, Germany and Switzerland. In the 2017-2018 season, Levin makes several debut solo, chamber and orchestral appearances in China and Finland as well as return appearances in Brazil and Spain. Adam Levin’s live performances have been featured nationally numerous times on NPR’s Performance Today, the nationally syndicated Classical Guitar Alive, and studio performances on top radio stations including WFMT Chicago and WCRB Boston. “Plays with a loose-limbed, easy virtuoso 'cool' and beguiling tonal warmth that combines laid back intuitiveness with classical sophistication." BBC Music Magazine on Adam Levin
Redmond O’Toole is recognised as one of the most distinctive and original guitarists of his generation. He was the first to adopt Paul Galbraith’s ‘Brahms guitar’. This ground-breaking instrument and technique uses an 8-string guitar in the position of a cello. He has performed at major concert halls and events throughout Europe such as Passau International Guitar Festival, Germany, the National Concert Hall and Royal Dublin Society Concert Hall, Ireland, and Hallein Guitar Festival, Austria. He has performed as soloist with orchestras such as BBC Ulster and the Irish Baroque and has toured extensively as guitarist for legendary Irish group The Chieftains. He teaches at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. For the Music Network Artist Residency, he has selected a truly worldwide quartet bringing guitarists from the four corners of the globe together to reflect the diversity of guitar music.
The Music Network Artist Residency Programme 2017 was developed to provide the selected musician with access to resources to curate a concert series in collaboration with Wexford County Council Arts Office and the National Opera House, Wexford. Curated by guitarist Redmond O’Toole, the series has featured a concert with Wexford Sinfonia Orchestra and RTÉ ConTempo Quartet, traditional Irish musicians Zoë Conway and John McIntyre with Iranian-born and Dublin-based brothers Shaháb and Sháyán Coohe, Wexford native soprano Sinéad Campbell-Wallace, classical guitar legend Oscar Ghiglia and British violinist Chloë Hanslip. In conjunction with the concert series, an extensive Learning and Participation programme has been developed that will engage with a range of community groups. Full details at nationaloperahouse.ie.
George Philipp Telemann - Concerto in D major TWV 40:202
Augustín Mangoré Barrios – Danza Paraguaya (solo guitar, Adam Levin)
Joseph Williams - London Fog
II. A Stranger in the Home
III. Daisy and the Bath
IV. A House in the Arms of Dread
V. The Accusations
VI. The Riot
Toumani Diabaté – Kaira: A Suite for Kora (solo guitar, Derek Gripper)
Derek Gripper – Untitled composition, world premiere
Mauro Giuliani – "Garyowen", from Six Airs Choisi Irlandais (solo guitar, Redmond O’Toole)
Redmond O'Toole – Two Irish Tunes for Guitar Quartet, world premiere
I. Taimse in Codhladh
II. The Butterfly
Heitor Villa-Lobos – Prelude No. 1 (solo guitar, Rosa Maria Robinson)
Arturo Márquez – Danzon No. 2, Irish Premiere