Focus on Canadian Composers: Living Room Guitar Duo Concert

Event Date: 
Friday, November 8, 2019 - 8:00pm

The Clearly Musical Home Concert Series, hosted by Joanna Grace, features musicians in unique, up-close musical experiences that cannot be matched in large concert halls.

In the Heart of Richmond Hill, these concerts bridge the gap between audiences and performers. You will have the opportunity to clearly see and hear the performance and ask questions to learn more about the musicians.

About This Concert: Focus on Canadian Composers

This concert is built around a new album of Canadian works that guitarists Steve Cowan and Adam Cicchillitti will be releasing with Analekta in October 2019. These pieces aim to push the technical limits of the instrument and communicate a message that is boldly Canadian; one that celebrates the variety of musical influences that inspire our composers.

From the Balinese gamelan to heavy metal, from progressive rock to Latin American grooves, the album “Focus” fuses an eclectic mix of popular musical styles with classical music through the medium of the guitar. Funded by MusicAction and the Canada Council for the Arts, Cicchillitti and Cowan champion the 21st century guitar with their “focus” on new Canadian music.

About The Performers:

Guitarists Adam Cicchillitti and Steve Cowan have received several media accolades over the past years: the renowned American magazine Classical Guitar praised Cicchillitti as a “superb” and “exceptional Canadian guitarist” and Cowan as “one of Canada’s top contemporary classical guitarists”.

The two award-winning guitarists and long-time friends joined forces in 2015 to form a unique duo that focuses on expanding the contemporary classical guitar repertoire through commissions and collaborations with living composers. The ensemble’s vision aims to breakdown traditional notions of classical music presentation through their unconventional programming, curated to stimulate the classical connoisseur and the general public alike by bridging classical and popular music genres.

Having recently collaborated on an album of Spanish guitar music under the Analekta label, these two long-time friends toured the Canadian Atlantic Provinces with Debut Atlantic in 2018 and commissioned 10 new works for two guitars through the Canada Council and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. In 2019, they release their album “Focus”, dedicated to new works for two guitars written by celebrated Canadian composers. They will tour the Canadian Prairies in 2020-2021 with Prairie Debu.

Tickets $42.  Click here to order.


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