Saturday, March 1, 2008

Leo Brouwer, Afro-Cuban Composer & Guitarist Born March 1, 1939

[Concierto de Volos (28:01); Orquesta de Cordoba; Leo Brouwer, Conductor; GHA Records 126.025 (1998)]

The Afro-Cuban composer and guitarist Leo Brouwer is also the Founder and Director of Spain's Orquesta Cordoba. He was born March 1, 1939 in Havana, Cuba. Brouwer is profiled at, where six audio samples of his recordings can be heard. His enormous influence on guitar music in particular and classical music in general is demonstrated by more than a hundred recordings on which he has played, composed or conducted. Brouwer's compositions reflect classical, Afro-Cuban, jazz and avant-garde influences. His many film scores have brought his music to the attention of a huge audience around the world.

Brouwer enjoys arranging the classical and popular music of other composers for classical guitar. He has arranged Scott Joplin's The Entertainer and Elite Syncopations for solo guitar. His recorded Beatles arrangements include an album entitled From Yesterday to Penny Lane: Seven Songs After The Beatles, Arc Music 1247 (1994).

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