We start our time travel nearly 300 years ago during J.S.Bach's time at the court of Weimar, where Sinfonia 29 was created from a reworking of his earlier Partita for Solo Violin. The Sinfonia was originally scored for organ, timpani, trumpets, strings and oboe… and here the fun is shared in guitar quartet form, before the evening moves into the 20th Century. Come and sit in the hypnotic minimalism of Phillip Glass's String Quartet 5 (Movement IV), which has been transcribed by the Guitar Ensemble leader, Manuel Diewald.
Then following up our previous performance of Phillip Houghton's Black Opal with the dreamy second movement, Water Opal. The Ensemble will also be joined by guest Brazilian guitarist, Dr. Marcia Taborda, with two Carlos Jobim works which appeared in the 1974 film The Adventurer.
Finally, the Guitar Ensemble joins forces with the G16 Jazz Collective, in ensemble member Tobi Dracoulis' inspired arrangement of Dave Brubeck's Blue Rondo a la Turk. Written in 1959, the work celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, and still feels fresh.
The G16 Jazz Collective will also flourish through different eras of jazz, featuring a diverse range of compositions from the likes of Chick Corea to Charlie Parker to Snarky Puppy. Three saxophones, two vocalists, three guitars, cello, piano, electric bass and two drummers – what a sensational line up! This concert will showcase the virtuosity, creativity and dynamic improvising of these fine young musicians.
G16 Jazz Collective Directed by Sandy Evans
Jessica Real // Vocals
Chris Jung // Vocals and flute
Daniel Parker // Alto saxophone
James McDonald // Tenor saxophone
Blaize Cavalera Sivis // Baritone saxophone
Kayla Flaxman // Cello
Ben Connor // Piano
Byron Zeledon-Torres // Guitar
McKinley Payne // Guitar
Lavan Subenthiran // Guitar
Edward Barnes // Electric bass
Jonas Tay // Drums and percussion
Alexander Antoniou // Drums and percussion
Guitar Ensemble Directed by Janet Agostino
Manuel Diewald *