SOUNDS OF THE AMERICAS
Sounds of the Americas thrills music
lovers, both artistically and technically. The aesthetics of the
interpreted pieces here are absolutely flawless. It is the
accomplishment of exceptional musicians, guitarist Manuel Barrueco
and the members of the Cuarteto Latinamericano, a string quartet
consisting of violinist Javier Montiel and the three Britán
brothers, Saúl and Arón on violin with cellist Alvaro.
The musical styling, as contemporary as one can want, are matchless
in expression filled with shadowy nuances, elegant rhythms of
unique percussion yet still very humane with melodic phrases of
heckled dynamics. The form of the composition is perfectly mastered
with intensity and smoothness blending perfectly together to
unsettle the listener and transport him towards new emotions.
The tone of the string instruments delight and move the ear in a
thousand different ways: violins sigh and scratch against
waterfalls of percussions, sometimes with hints of irony expressed
by elusive chatter, the whisper of the cello, the ingenious
shimmering of the guitar...all of which elicit a feeling of
dazzlement and well-being in the listener.
This collection is very much aligned with contemporary musical
exploration in the United States i.e. a melting pot of a new
musical know-how interpreting before any one else the voluntary
progression of the human being towards his future, where chaos and
concern are present.
the world of the guitar, musicians like D. Tannenbaum and Davis
Starobin, to name only a few, have contributed to this new
generation of widely-performed American composers.
Sounds of the Americas consists is
the work of four of those most unique composers, whose common
inspiration is based on subject matters born in popular roots:
Daugherty, with “Bay of Pigs” claims the American rock and roll
Gabriela Lean Frank
dedicates her work “Inca Dance” to Barrueco and the Cuarteto
Latinoamericano, in which different cultural currents converge with
“Lamento del Panace” as extra piece for solo guitar.
Sierra, native of Puerto Rico who composed the now well-renown
"Tríptico", describes the nights of his hometown while avoiding
stylistic stereotypes of the genre to focus on the"
exploration of the whole spectrum of the registers in unusual
timbre combinations between the guitar and the string quartet
Aaron Jay Kernis dedicates his "100 Greatest
Dance Hits" that is inspired by television shows from the 1960s and
1970s to David Tannenbaum and Ida Kavafian.
Currently on tour, Manuel Barrueco and the Cuarteto Latinoamericano
are performing in clubs throughout Europe and the United States.
See them and enjoy the experience live...because this music is
uplifting, fresh and highly sophisticated.
Podcast : interview Gabriela Lean Frank