"Todo Villa": Complete solo guitar works by Villa-Lobos

"Todo Villa": Complete solo guitar works by Villa-Lobos
5 February 2020, 7.00pm - 9.00pm
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The Chancellor's Hall, First Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Poliphonia is a charity founded in 2017 by one of Brazil's leading classical musicians, pianist Clélia Iruzun, along with Renato Martins, the violinist Nadia Myerscough, the cellist Nick Roberts and double bass player Sarah Neil, with the purpose of promoting the music of the Americas. In partnership with the Cross-Language Dynamics project, they are staging a series of three concerts at Senate House in 2020, premiering an innovative range of works by Latin American composers in the UK.

The Senate House Series (poster)

In this first concert, guitarists Fabricio Mattos, Vitor Noah and Plinio Fernandes will play all of Brazillian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos' vibrant and exciting works for solo guitar. These include Chôros no. 1. Suite Populaire Brésilienne, 5 preludes and 12 études.

One of Brazil's foremost composers of the 20th century, Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) brought together the styles of Brazillian popular and folk music with the European Classical tradition. Playing in street-music bands and cinema orchestras as a teenager, he later travelled the country drawing inspiration from the sounds and rhythms of Bach, Indigenous melodies, the rainforest and even steam trains, once commenting that "I learned music from a bird in the jungles of Brazil, not from academies."

The complete solo guitar works of Villa-Lobos have never before been performed in London in their entirety - join Poliphonia on 5 February for a dynamic introduction to his work.

Organised by the Institute of Modern Languages Research and the Institute of Latin American Studies. It is part of the Open World Research Initiative (OWRI) Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community, Translingual Strand.

Tickets: £18 (£8 concessions) online, £20 (£10 concessions) on the door - includes glass of wine afterwards

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