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Sharon Isbin & Friends – guitar passions

 

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Star-Gitarristin Sharon Isbin hat sich wieder ganz der musikalischen Offenheit verpflichtet. Eine abwechslungsreiche musikalische Reise und ein Beweis absoluter Offenheit.

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Der klassischen Gitarre ist es dank solcher Meister wie Andrés Segovia, Julian Bream und John Williams längst gelungen, sich als eigenständiges Konzertinstrument zu etablieren. Doch niemand beherrscht die musikalische Vielseitigkeit der akustischen Gitarre so erfolgreich wie die Amerikanerin Sharon Isbin. Ihr Repertoire reicht von den Lautensuiten J.S. Bachs über Jazz bis zur Weltmusik. Sharon Isbin spielt mit Spitzenorchestern wie den New Yorker Philharmonikern genauso zusammen wie mit der Folk-Legende Joan Baez. Und 2009 gab sie gemeinsam mit Star-Violinist Joshua Bell auf Einladung von US-Präsident Barack Obama ein Konzert im Weißen Haus.


Nach ihrem Album „Journey To The New World“, das 2010 mit einem Grammy ausgezeichnet wurde, hat Isbin ihre zweite CD für Sony aufgenommen. Auf „Guitar Passions“ unternimmt Sharon Isbin eine musikalische Reise nach Lateinamerika, Brasilien und Spanien. Zugleich wollte sie mit ihrem neuen Album ihren großen Gitarren-Vorbildern ein Tribut zollen. Und weil sie mit einigen ihrer Helden schon lange befreundet ist, kommt es auf „Guitar Passions“ zu wahren Gipfeltreffen von Meistergitarristen. Mit dem berühmten Rock-Gitarristen Steve Vai etwa, der einst in der Band von Frank Zappa spielte, ist Isbin in einem Stück des aus Paraguay stammenden Komponisten Agustin Barrios Mangoré zu hören. Und mit dem Fusion-Gitarristen Stanley Jordan, dessen Anschlagtechnik das Gitarrenspiel revolutioniert hat, widmet sie sich virtuos und farbenreich „Sonidos de acquel dia“ vom Argentinier Quique Sinesi.


Zu den weiteren Top-Gästen auf „Guitar Passions“ gehören zudem die amerikanische Singer-Songwriterin Nancy Wilson sowie die brasilianische Gitarristin und Sängerin Rosa Passos, die in ihrer Heimat längst als „weiblicher João Gilberto“ gefeiert wird. Mit all diesen musikalischen Freunden und Freundinnen erweist sich Sharon Isbin in den Arrangements von Stücken u.a. von Antonio Carlos Jobim als facettenreiche Künstlerin mit einer makellosen Technik. Mal gibt sie sich cool swingend und dann wieder einfühlsam melancholisch. Ein Name durfte aber natürlich auf dieser Klangwanderung zwischen Klassik und Weltmusik auch nicht fehlen. Mit „Asturias“ vom Spanier Isaac Albéniz erinnert Isbin an ihren großen Lehrer Andrés Segovia, bei dem sie im Alter von 14 Jahren studierte. „Er hat meine Vorstellung von der Schönheit des Klangs mit all seinen Farben und Kontrasten geprägt.“ Sharon Isbins „Guitar Passions“ ist dafür ein weiterer, faszinierender Beweis.


About the Songs on Guitar Passions: Sharon Isbin & Friends


1. Porro


Gentil Montaña’s joyous dance is based on traditional Colombian porro rhythms. In this version for two guitars, I play both the second part created by Gustavo Colina, and Montaña’s original.


2. Sonidos de aquel dia


Among the album’s several world premieres is this two guitar setting of a solo work by Argentinian composer Quique Sinesi, with the second part written and performed by Stanley Jordan. Stanley, a hero and great friend, is brilliantly inventive as a jazz guitarist. We met and toured together in the late '90s and I was amazed by his virtuosic keyboard tapping approach to playing electric guitar. When this project came up, I naturally thought of him. Sonidos de aquel día (Sounds from that Day) is an unpublished work I happened to hear and knew I wanted to record. After suggesting to Stanley that he create a part to play with mine, I was pleased to discover Sinesi often adds improvised instrumentals to his music. I play Sinesi's score with an added section by Argentinian guitarist Victor Villadangos.

 

3. Adagio from Concierto de Aranjuez

 

I feel very close to Brazilian music and have performed with Brazilian artists for as long as I can remember. The first such collaboration was with my friend, the late, great guitarist/composer Laurindo Almeida. Laurindo arranged the “Adagio” from Joaquín Rodrigo's (1901-1999) Concierto de Aranjuez for us to perform with jazz guitarist Larry Coryell in a setting that celebrates a unique fusion of classical, bossa nova, jazz and rock styles. Our trio Guitarjam recorded the work and toured over a period of five years. In recording this new version of Laurindo’s arrangement, I pay homage to him and his significant role in developing the bossa nova style.


Playing Laurindo’s part is Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo whose inventive improvisations in the opening add extra spice. Steve Morse, founder of the Dixie Dregs, rocks out on the electric guitar part’s extended bossa nova section with some of the coolest playing I’ve ever heard. We met in 1985 when I invited him to perform in the international guitar festival I created for Carnegie Hall.


We all pay tribute to Rodrigo who put the guitar on the map as a solo instrument with orchestra. Rodrigo and I shared a twenty-year friendship which began when he invited me to his home in Madrid after hearing my live broadcast performance of the concerto as a winner of the Queen Sofía Competition.


4. Asturias


I had the honor of first studying with Andrés Segovia at the age of fourteen. Hearing his warm, magical tone that shimmered like a diamond from just inches away was a revelation that inspired me to explore the beauty of sound -- its colors and contrasts -- in my own playing. In his most famous transcription from piano, Asturias by Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909), he captures the music’s guitar-inspired essence to perfection. Segovia’s use of idiomatic triplets and flamenco inspired rasgueado strums add fire and flair to the outer sections, while the lyricism of the middle section evokes the sensuous yearning of a Spanish singer’s cante jondo (“deep song”).


5. Allegro


When Steve Vai and I met playing a show for the Recording Academy, we hit it off so well musically and as friends, that an inspiring collaboration was born. Revered as one of the rock world’s greatest guitarists, he is also a remarkable composer. A few years ago in Paris, we premiered The Blossom Suite he wrote for the two of us (future recording project!), and last year when jamming at his home in Los Angeles, his spontaneous improvisation to Paraguayan composer Agustín Barrios Mangoré’s (1885-1944) “Allegro” inspired us to choose this work for the recording. 

 

6. Dreamboat Annie

 

Nancy Wilson is the guitar half of Heart, the rock group I’ve loved listening to for years. One of my favorite Heart songs is Dreamboat Annie, and when I approached Nancy about doing a rendition of this with me, she was very enthusiastic. We added a bossa nova instrumental at the end to make it part of the Latin themed whole. She's a wonderful guitarist, singer/songwriter, and would have to be included among my heroes.

 

7. Chovendo na Roseira

 

I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Brazil’s popular music icon Antonio Carlos Jobim (1927-1994), and collaborating with him on a recording of his music with my longtime friend, guitarist Carlos Barbosa-Lima. Carlos and I also had the honor of opening Jobim’s Avery Fisher Hall show in New York. At the Carnegie Hall tribute to Jobim following his death, Romero Lubambo and I adapted and performed Carlos’s arrangement of his lovely song, Chovendo na Roseira (Double Rainbow). Romero joins me in paying tribute to another great hero of music and the guitar.

 

8. Alfonsina y el Mar

 

This touching song is based on the true story of the famous Argentinian poet Alfonsina Storni (1892-1938) who took her own life at the agonizing end stage of a terminal illness. She wrote her last poem Voy a dormir (I will sleep), sent it to a newspaper, and walked into the sea. The poem struck such a chord of anguish and sympathy that Ariel Ramirez (1921-2010) commemorated her in song. When playing this solo guitar setting by Argentinian guitarist Jorge Cardoso, I’m inspired by South American singer Mercedes Sosa's introspective and mournful rendition.

 

9. Carinhoso

 

Alfredo Viana, nicknamed Pixinguinha (1897-1973), was a famous Brazilian composer and performer of popular music, particularly in the choro style. In this world premiere setting of his Carinhoso, Brazilian singer/guitarist Rosa Passos interprets sensuous lyrics of unrequited love by João de Barro, and penned the part I play to accompany her beautiful, smoky voice. Carlos Barbosa-Lima arranged the guitar solos that open and close the work, and Gaudencio Thiago de Mello adds organic percussion using hand held instruments he has fashioned from the flora and fauna of the jungle, including the Pau-de-Chuva (rain stick), Boca-do-Mato (Jungle’s Mouth), and Boca-de-Barro (Clay’s Mouth).

 

10. O Presidente

 

An Indian from the Maué tribe of the Amazon, Gaudencio Thiago de Mello’s music often evokes colorful sounds of the rain forest. O Presidente takes its title from hearing guitarist Sergio Ricardo playing in the streets of Brazil to encourage opposition following the 1964 military coup. Thiago has dedicated the work to me, and he performs organic percussion to Paul Winter’s lyrical alto sax on this premiere recording. Together the three of us celebrate our years of friendship and performances in this first studio reunion since our CD, Journey to the Amazon.


11. La Catedral: Andante religioso, Allegro solemne

 

The prolific composer and guitarist Agustín Barrios Mangoré was nicknamed “the Paganini of the jungles of Paraguay”. Partly of Guaraní descent, he often performed wearing traditional Indian costumes. Among his compositions is La Catedral, a work said to be inspired by hearing the music of Bach played in a cathedral.


© Sharon Isbin


Sharon Isbin – a true sorceress…incomparable master of the guitar” Antonio Carlos Jobim


I am enchanted by the magnificent interpretation of my works by the splendid guitarist Sharon Isbin.” Joaquín Rodrigo