Since they first met in 2000, Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli have shared a number of ideas, musical projects, and travels all over the world. In 2003 they formed a duo that has already performed throughout Europe, Asia and North America, and has been acclaimed everywhere – from New York’s Carnegie Hall to Vienna’s Konzerthaus – as one of the best ensembles ever heard. About one of their performances, The Washington Post wrote: “Extraordinarily sensitive, with effortless command and an almost unbearable delicacy of touch, the duo’s playing was nothing less than rapturous – profound and unforgettable musicianship of the highest order.”
In addition to classic, romantic and modern repertoire, Matteo and Lorenzo – joined by lutenist Massimo Lonardi – enjoy exploring the early literature for baroque guitar and theorbo. Together, Matteo and Lorenzo have recorded François de Fossa’s Three Quartets, op. 19 (Stradivarius), a CD of 17th century Italian music for baroque guitar, archlute and theorbo (La Suave Melodia, Stradivarius), Solaria, an anthology of 20th century masterpieces for two guitars (Pomegranate), the Duos Concertants by Antoine De Lhoyer (Naxos), a collection of chamber works by Mauro Giuliani (Amadeus), and a collection of 19th century pieces for two guitars (Noesis, Pomegranate), as well as a dozen solo recordings on the labels Naxos, Brilliant Records, Kookaburra, Mel Bay, and Stradivarius.
» SoloDuo will perform at 8 pm on March 24.
Zaira Meneses & Kim Perlak
Zaira Meneses is among the most exciting performers on the international classical guitar circuit. Her musicality and charisma have delighted audiences on three continents. Recent achievements include a special prize from Italy’s prestigious Academia Chigiana and the recording of several solo CDs available at her website. She has also aroused considerable interest through postings of live performances on Youtube. Zaira Meneses was born in Xalapa, Mexico. From an early age she showed great talent for music, studying both classical guitar and voice. She traveled widely, performing as well with the famed Orquesta de Guitarras. At the age of 17 and as the youngest contestant, she won first prize in an important national concerto competition. This success led to performances of Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez and Concierto Madrigal for two guitars throughout Mexico. MORE
The Yale School of Music is pleased to announce the line-up for the seventh semiannual Guitar Extravaganza. The event, which will take place on Saturday, March 24, 2012, is directed by celebrated guitarist Benjamin Verdery, the longstanding chair of the guitar department at the Yale School of Music.
The Extravaganza brings together guitar lovers for a day of concerts, lectures, exhibits, master classes, and other events. Performances will feature both students and established artists. Events will take place mainly in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven), as well as in Sudler Hall (in W.L. Harkness Hall, 100 Wall Street) and the Collection of Musical Instruments (15 Hillhouse Avenue).
This year’s featured artists include the fast-rising duet SoloDuo (pictured at left), the adventurous Dither Guitar Quartet (pictured below), and classical guitarists Kim Perlak and Zaira Meneses.
The Dither Guitar Quartet plays an eclectic mix of experimental music for electric guitars. Their concert, which begins at 2 pm, will feature their signature blend of composed music, improvisation, and electronic manipulation.
Kim Perlak, a School of Music graduate, specializes in American music (classical, jazz, and traditional) and has been featured on NPR and CBS Sunday Morning. Zaira Meneses, a Mexican-born guitarist hailed as “stunning” (Syracuse News), was recently praised for her “fluid, colorful style” by the New York Times. The two join together at 6 pm in a concert featuring music of the Americas.
SoloDuo, the acclaimed Italian duo comprised of Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli, will perform the event’s final concert at 8 pm. “Do not miss a chance to hear them,” commands the New York Concert Review. “It is hard to say what left more of an impression: their remarkable blend, their sublime artistry, or their impeccable technique.”