Sunday, December 14, 2008

Afro-Cuban Composer Leo Brouwer Honored in Sao Paulo, Brazil December 8-14, 2008
December 14, 2008
More than 40 pieces by Leo Brouwer, most of them composed for guitar, allowed music lovers from this Brazilian city to gauge the artistic work of a renowned Cuban composer who has stamped his mark on world music. The Leo Brouwer Festival was inaugurated with a guitar recital at the Art Museum of Sao Paulo (MASP). Fabio Zanon, nowadays considered one of the best Brazilian guitarists, played some of the first pieces composed by the Cuban maestro for the instrument. Flutist Antonio Carlos Carrasqueira, violinist Marcelo Jaffé, cellist Robert Suetholtz, guitarist Alieksey Vianna and the Sao Paulo Ensemble joined him to play some chamber music.

“The series of recital continued December 8th, 9th , 10th and 12th at the concert hall of the University of Sao Paulo (USP). December 11th, the Chamber Orchestra (OCAM) of the higher education center, conducted by Leo himself, gave a concert west of the city. The same concert will close the festival on Sunday, December 14th at the museum. The latest presentations have raised the public’s expectations concerning the concert with the chamber orchestra, especially as Leo played his piece ‘Gismontiana’, which he dedicated to his friend and colleague Egberto Gismonti. The piece had its world premiere in Italy in 2004.” [Full Post] [Leo Brouwer (b. 1939) is profiled at]

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