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Premiere recording of Cuban composer Leo Brouwer's "The Book of Signs" performed by Brasil Guitar Duo and the Delaware Symphony.
Premiere recording of Cuban composer Leo Brouwer's "The Book of Signs" performed by Brasil Guitar Duo and the Delaware Symphony.
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A premiere recording by Brasil Guitar Duo and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra                 

THE PROJECT:

Brasil Guitar Duo will perform with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra on February 26 and 28, 2016, at which time they will make an important premiere recording of concertos by Leo Brouwer, Paolo Bellinati, and Egberto Gismonti—three works whose charm, virtuosity, finesse and beauty are a perfect match for the talents of João Luiz and Douglas Lora—Brasil Guitar Duo. These three concerti, two from Brazil and one from Cuba, are filled with spirit and passion, overflowing with sensual rhythms, gorgeous tunes, and of course, dazzling guitar virtuosity. Cuban composer Leo Brouwer’s permission to perform and record his “Book of Signs” for two guitars and orchestra for the first time in the U.S. ignited this powerful collaboration.

THE COLLABORATION:

In October 2014, the Brasil Guitar Duo performed with Yo-Yo Ma and Carlos Prieto at the renowned Festival Leo Brouwer in Havana, Cuba. Their electrifying performance of two new compositions by Leo Brouwer led to his granting permission to the Duo to perform his composition “The Book of Signs” in the U.S. for the first time, and for it to be recorded.

The Delaware Symphony Orchestra and Music Director David Amado, who received a Latin Grammy nomination for their collaboration with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet in 2010, were selected for this project.The DSO committed to including Brasil Guitar Duo in their 2015-16 Classics Concert Series. To complete the program, Amado selected concerti by Brazilian composers Paolo Bellinati and Egberto Gismonti. The Duo premiered Bellinati’s “Concerto for Two Guitars and Orchestra” with the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra in 2012.  Subsequently, Bellinati and Gismonti gave permission for the use of their compositions, thus sealing the Brazilian, Cuban, and American project.

An impressive endorsement came as Naxos, the world’s largest classical music recording label, enthusiastically agreed to document this distinctive cultural moment.

CONFLUENCE OF CULTURES:

The concert and recording project come at a particularly significant political moment, as U.S.-Cuba relations are enjoying an unprecedented thaw after more than 50 years.  As diplomats smooth the political creases, artists can smooth the cultural ones.  In spite of its political isolation, Cuba has been an artistic powerhouse, and Leo Brouwer has been a primary source of that energy. His work as a guitarist and composer has been celebrated around the world.  And now, his concerto The Book of Signs for two guitars and string orchestra will not only be played on U.S. soil for the first time, but it will be recorded and distributed worldwide.  This is a rare moment to document the work of one of the guitar world’s most important voices in a once-in-a-lifetime political climate.

THE ARTISTS:

The Delaware Symphony Orchestra has earned a national reputation as one of the finest regional orchestras in the United States.  Artistic direction has included only five Music Directors over its 110 year history. With the Mid-Atlantic region rich in musical talent, the DSO has been fortunate to forge a roster of 77 union musicians with deep pedigrees from the finest music schools in the country.

Now in his thirteenth season with the DSO, Music Director David Amado has developed a cohesion with the musicians not always seen in orchestras of this size or budget.  His insightful music-making and energetic performances have made him a beloved figure in Delaware and beyond. In 2014, Amado received the Delaware Governor’s Award for the Arts. Selection for the recording with the LA Guitar Quartet; nomination for the Latin Grammy; and engagements with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and Symphony Orchestras of Houston, Saint Louis, Baltimore, and Toronto speak to a wider recognition.

Rising stars on the international scene, Brasil Guitar Duo is at home on Classical or World Music series programs. Winner of the 2006 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, their innovative programming features a seamless blend of traditional and Brazilian works resulting in a global touring schedule and numerous critically acclaimed recordings. The Duo’s first CD, in 2004, ‘Bom Partido,’ featured all-Brazilian repertoire. Two critically acclaimed Naxos CDs (2008 and 2009) contain the complete works for two guitars by Mario Castelnuova-Tedesco. A CD in collaboration with flutist Marian Piccinini features all of J. S. Bach’s sonatas for flute and harpsichord as arranged by the Duo for flute and two guitars.

With more than 100 recordings, classical guitarist, conductor, and composer Leo Brouwer has had a dynamic influence on guitar music in particular and classical music in general.  His many film scores have brought his music to the attention of audiences worldwide.  In addition, Brouwer’s influence in his native country has resulted, in part, from the important positions he has held in Cuban music institutions. In 1987 Brouwer was selected, along with Isaac Stern and Alan Danielou, to be an honorable member of UNESCO in recognition of his music career – an honor that he shares with Menuhin, Shankar, Karajan, Sutherland, and other musical luminaries.

Violonista (acoustic guitar player)  Paulo Bellinati has achieved a precise balance between classical music’s sophistication and popular music’s spontaneity, without any compromises.  In 1988, his composition “Jongo” was awarded and would go on to be recorded by John Williams in 1996. Other famous classical guitarists to record his pieces, which reinvent Brazilian folkloric rhythms from Bellinati’s perspective, were fellow Brazilians Carlos Barbosa-Lima and the Duo Assad. His 1991 CD, The Guitar Works of Garoto, with two companion sheet music books, was given five stars by CD Review magazine.

In the vast shimmering universe of Brazilian music, Egberto Gismonti is a galaxy unto himself.  A fearless musical searcher whose quest for pristineindigenous influences took him to the heart of the Amazon rain forest, Gismonti draws on a multitude of folkloric styles, creating music that’s both supremely sophisticated and bracingly rustic.  An influential composer, multi-instrumental wizard, and skilled improviser, he can evoke the teeming natural world with the caress of a guitar.  Ever since the premiere of his breakthrough composition “O Sonho” in 1968 at a career-making International Song Festival, Gismonti has been recognized as a visionary.

THE MUSIC PROGRAM:

The concerts and recording will include three concerti

Brasil Guitar Duo (João Luiz and Douglas Lora)

Delaware Symphony Orchestra, David Amado, conductor

Recording by Brasil Guitar Duo & Delaware Symphony Orchestra

Leo Brouwer: The Book of Signs for Two Guitars and String Orchestra

Paulo Bellinati: Concerto for Two Guitars and Orchestra

Egberto Gismonti: Sete Aneis (Seven Rings)—Concerto for Two Guitars, Winds, and Strings.

PROJECT SCHEDULE:

In a little over a year we will have the first recording of Leo Brouwer’s newest work, The Book of Signs for two guitars and string orchestra.The public phase includes recording at two live concerts. Then, Naxos will take the production behind the scenes before they handle world-wide distribution.

Concerts & Recording:

February 26 and 28, 2016

Brasil Guitar Duo and Delaware Symphony Orchestra perform and record three concerti by Leo Brouwer, Paulo Bellinati, and Egberto Gismonti.

Wilmington, Delaware, USA

Production by Naxos: 2016-17

CD Release: Spring 2017

COST OF THE PROJECT:

In preparing the budget, we’ve worked to keep it at the barest minimum. To many familiar with large orchestral works, this budget may seem small to assemble over 70 professional musicians, gain permission to use compositions by international composers, and hire a world-class recording engineer of the caliber required to work with the world’s largest producer of classical music, Naxos. The costs of the project are over $200,000.

$96,000     Live performances

$47,532     Recording

$13,500      On-site production and master recording engine       

$10,000       Video  production, donor benefits, fees                            

Invested      Naxos production and distribution, paid by Naxos due to their  value for the project.

We’ve tightened every expense. In fact, we were able to lower some fees since producing the video that accompanies this campaign. The Symphony is paying for the live performances in its operating budget.  Fundraising to date  for the additional recording expenses includes individual, foundation and corporate gifts. However, we still need to close the gap to finish the project.  We invite our friends and communities--local as well as international--to take this journey with us!

Be a part of history!

Help us make this premiere recording at this opportune time for collaboration between the U.S., Cuba, and Brazil.

Risks and challenges

The musicians, management and production companies involved in this project are all of international caliber to ensure the completion of the project, selection of alternate dates, technical staff, supporting musicians and/or locations if weather, illness, or production delays were to alter the current schedule.

Note: the outside dates were given for the fulfillment of benefits for award levels. Some components may be available earlier.

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