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With 14 albums, a 2005 Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover CD and consistently sold-out performances worldwide, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet is a musical force to be reckoned with. One of the most multifaceted groups in any genre, the quartet, formed in 1980, brings a new energy to the stage with music from bluegrass to Bach, Baroque, flamenco, rock, and new-age contemporary. 

LAGQ has collaborated with actor Philip Proctor in  Don Quixote and with Shingo Fuji for the work SHINKI: Seasons of Japan. Says Allmusic.com about their self-titled album, "What is extraordinary about them is that they are also composers, arrangers, and innovators. This is apparent as soon as the first notes of the opening track are heard. The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet can make any genre of music sound at home on the guitar, as if that is how it was always destined to be played. How refreshing it is to have a disc that is so engaging, diverse, educational, and just plain fun." Adds The Baltimore Sun, “A formidable ensemble, both in terms of technical bravura and musical personality."

The program includes:

 Music from the Time of Cervantes”                               (arr. W. Kanengiser)

Jácaras                                                            Anonymous (17th century)

El Villano                                                         Antonio Martín y Coll

Diferéncias Sobre Las Folias                             Antonio Martín y Coll

Chacona (“La Vida Bona”)                                  Juan Arañéz

Oy Comamos                                                   Juan de Encina

 Brandenburg Concerto #6, BWV 1051                           Johann Sebastian Bach (arr. J. Smith)

 Three Brazilian Pieces

Da Sábado pra Dominguihnos                            Hermeto Pascoal

O Lenda da Caboclo                                          Heitor Villa-Lobos

Samba Novo                                                    Baden Powell


 Opals                                                                           Phillip Houghton           

 La soirée dans Grenade                                               Claude Debussy (arr. J. Smith)

 Carmen Suite                                                               George Bizet (arr. W. Kanengiser)


If you like Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, you may also enjoy Zakir Hussain with Rahul Sharma, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Mnozil Brass, Gabriela Montero, and Joshua Bell & Alessio Bax



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