Rhythm Future Quartet, USA

For the fifth performance of the 2017-2018 Season, we invite you to the Cultural Arts Center at Montgomery College, Silver Spring/Takoma Park, MD to hear the Rhythm Future Quartet perform.

Performance: March 24, 2018, 8pm.
Tickets: MarlowGuitar.org

 
“These young men are incredible!!! Don’t miss them… such dedication and love of music to witness!”

-Tommy Emmanuel

“Rhythm Future Quartet breaks new ground for Gypsy jazz.”
The Boston Globe

The acoustic jazz ensemble, Rhythm Future Quartet has a straightforward agenda: to keep the spirit of Gypsy jazz alive and expanding in today’s musical universe. The virtuosic foursome, named for a Django Reinhardt tune, offers up a newly minted sound, influenced by the classic Hot Club of France, yet wholly contemporary. Led by violinist Jason Anick and guitarist Olli Soikkeli, the quartet performs dynamic and lyrical arrangements of both Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions that draw upon diverse international rhythms and musical idioms. With Max O’Rourke on second guitar and Greg Loughman on bass, Rhythm Future is dedicated to expanding the boundaries of a vital musical genre.

Where the band’s self-titled debut album re-visited classic jazz and Gypsy jazz favorites, Travels, the quartet’s current release, concentrates on group originals that make captivating use of musical sources from outside the conventional Gypsy jazz terrain. Travels reflects both the accumulated knowledge garnered from the groups worldwide touring as well as the international influences that inspired new rhythmic and harmonic possibilities within their compositions and arrangements. Garnering critical acclaim, Travels was picked as one of the Best jazz albums of 2016 by All About Jazz and the Huffington Post.

Jason Anick, an award-winning composer and one of the youngest professors at the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston, has shared the stage with an array of artists including Grammy award winning guitarist John Jorgenson, Stevie Wonder, The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, and Tommy Emmanuel. Olli Soikkeli (coined “the Finnish boy wonder”) recently made the move from Scandinavia to New York City, where he quickly became a top call guitarist in the bustling Brooklyn jazz scene. He has performed alongside rising star Cyrille Aimee, world-renowned Gypsy guitarist Stochelo Rosenberg, Bucky Pizzarelli and many others.

Max O’Rourke was the winner of the 2015 Saga Award from DjangoFest Northwest, and at 21 has already toured/recorded with many of the top American Gypsy Jazz musicians including John Jorgenson and Gonzalo Bergara. Greg Loughman is a top call bassist in Boston and has been heard with such luminaries as Sheila Jordan, Curtis Fuller and George Garzone.

Come by for a delightful program of gypsy jazz music, March 24, 2018, 8pm.
Program will be announced from the stage – buy tickets here: marlowguitar.org
We look forward to seeing you there!
Pre-Concert Talk will be given by: Seth Kibel
Seth Kibel is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s premier woodwind specialists, working with some of the best bands in jazz, swing, and more.

Photos: Classical Guitar, Lukasz Kuropaczewski

Classical Guitar, Lukasz Kuropaczewski

Sound check.

Pre-Concert Talk by Dr. Candice Mowbray

Performance

Intermission and Raffle Selection

by Debbie Smith Mezzetta
Display Styled by Debbie Smith Mezzetta

“Meet-The-Artist” Wine & Cheese Reception

by William Herrmann

Classical Guitarist, Lukasz Kuropaczewski, Poland

For the fourth performance of the 2017-2018 Season, we invite you to the Westmoreland Congregational Church in Bethesda, MD to hear classical guitarist, Lukasz Kuropaczewski (Poland) perform.

Performance: February 24, 2018, 8pm.
Tickets: MarlowGuitar.org

 
Guitarist Lukasz Kuropaczewski is well on his way to becoming a major figure on the worldwide classical music scene.
 
Born in 1981 in the small Polish town of Gniezno, Lukasz began studying guitar at the age of ten. At 13, his early talent brought him to the attention of the distinguished guitar teaching of Piotr Zaleski with whom he studied from 1994-2003.
 
Upon receiving a Master’s degree from the Academy of Music in Wroclaw, Poland, he traveled to the U.S. on a full scholarship to study with Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Institute, where he was awarded an Artist Diploma in 2008. During this time, he performed concerts in Poland and around the world, demonstrating his remarkable passion and precision to enthusiastic audiences.
 
Always in great demand as a recitalist and as soloist with orchestras, he has been invited to perform in numerous festivals in countries including France, Spain, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Iceland, Greece, Bulgaria, Japan, China, Canada, Mexico, Panama, and the United States. Highlights of his solo recitals include appearances in London’s Royal Festival Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Warsaw’s National Philharmonic Hall, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, and New York’s Carnegie Hall. An avid chamber music collaborator, he frequently works with musicians from his native Poland, as well as the Orion String Quartet, Avi Avital, Chen Reiss, Richard Galliano.
 
A proponent of new music, Lukasz has premiered many pieces including concertos and solo works by such esteemed composers as Krzysztof Penderecki, Angelo Gilardino, Krzysztof Meyer, Henryk Górecki and many others. In 2015 Lukasz premiered a guitar quintet “Acequias” by Marc Neikrug at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and his “Three Pieces for Guitar” at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
 
Lukasz is on the faculty of the Academy of Music in Poznan, Poland, holding a Doctorate in Performance. He is also the Artist Director of the Polish Guitar Academy Festival held in Poznan every year, and has recorded six CDs to date.
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Come by for a delightful program of classical guitar music, on February 24, 2018, 8pm. View his program and buy tickets here: marlowguitar.org
 
We look forward to seeing you there!
Pre-Concert Talk will be given by: Dr. Candice Mowbray
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chamber musician
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Arts in Classical Guitar Performance
at Shenandoah Conservatory.

Pre-Concert Speaker: Dr. Candice Mowbray

— Dr. Candice Mowbray will be the speaker for the Pre-Concert Talk before Lukasz Kuropaczewski’s performance, February 24, 2018, 8pm.  Tickets: MarlowGuitar.org  —

MowbrayPromoStripes_BW Regarded for her beautiful tone and sensitive music-making, classical guitarist Candice Mowbray shares the expressive and communicative qualities of her playing through programs of modern and classic works: from the playful acrobatics in music by French guitar virtuoso Ida Presti to the elegance and solemnity of Fernando Sor’s Fantaisie élégiaque, listeners enjoy her artful programming and thoughtful interpretations.

Appearing as a soloist, chamber musician and guest lecturer, Dr. Mowbray has been a featured artist at many prestigious festivals and concert series such as the Guitar Foundation of American Convention in Los Angeles, Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society Series, Knoxville Guitar Series, Bethlehem Guitar Festival, Austin Peay GuitarFest, Ibero-American Guitar Festival at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, Kreykenbohm Lecture Series and Maryland Symphony Orchestra “Let’s Talk Music” Series. She has been a featured soloist with the National String Symphonia, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington, Satori Chamber Ensemble and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, the later with whom she premiered two dedicated arrangements.

A sought-after collaborator, Mowbray is highly active as a chamber musician and can be regularly heard performing in The Fairfield Duo with flutist and shakuhachi player, Nora Suggs.

Mowbray was profiled in Classical Guitar Magazine’s, “Letter from New York” and her lectures have been described as “enthusiastic” and “insightful” in Classical Guitar Magazine and The Morning Call. Her recent solo CD, ‘Reverie’, has been met with positive acclaim and was featured on radio shows such as The Intimate Guitar (Dayton, OH) and Musica Mundi (Boulder, CO). The album features an evocative program of twentieth-century and contemporary French compositions including rarely recorded solo works by Ida Presti and Alexandre Lagoya.

Mowbray earned the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Classical Guitar Performance at Shenandoah Conservatory. Private lessons with Dr. Glenn Caluda and the internationally renowned Paraguayan guitarist, Berta Rojas, greatly informed her playing. Also influential were lessons and masterclasses with many distinguished performing artists including Sharon Isbin, Roland Dyens, Angel Romero, Ricardo Cobo, Eduardo Isaac, Maximo Diego Pujol, Victor Villadangos and Carlos Barbosa-Lima.

As a clinician and adjudicator, Mowbray has worked with students of all ages at festivals and special programs including the TESS Guitar Festival in Connecticut, Mid-Atlantic Guitar Ensemble Festival and Performing and Visual Arts Northwest Governor’s School. Dr. Mowbray has taught courses in music and appreciation of the broader humanities at Shenandoah Conservatory, Hagerstown Community College, and other colleges and schools of music in the mid-Atlantic region. She also enjoys writing about music. Her publications include “Recordings to Revisit: Ida Presti’s Solo Recordings” in Soundboard and “A Piece of Carnegie Hall Comes to Maryland” in Bravo! Magazine.

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Photos: Classical Guitarist, Ana Vidovic

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Classical Guitarist, Ana Vidovic, Croatia

For the third performance of the 2017-2018 Season:

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We invite you to hear classical guitarist, Ana Vidovic (Croatia), perform at the Westmoreland Congregational Church in Bethesda, MD. (1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816)

Performance: January 20, 2018, 8pm.
Tickets: MarlowGuitar.org

Ana Vidovic has given over one thousand public performances since first taking the stage in 1988. Her international performance career includes recitals in New York, London, Paris, Vienna, Rome, Toronto and San Francisco. Recently she has given tours in Korea, Japan, Colombia and Mauritius.

Ms. Vidovic has won an impressive number of prizes and international competitions including first prizes in the Albert Augustine International Competition in Bath, England, the Fernando Sor competition in Rome, Italy and the Francisco Tarrega competition in Benicasim, Spain. Other top prizes include the Eurovision Competition for Young Artists, Mauro Giuliani competition in Italy, Printemps de la Guitare in Belgium and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York. In Croatia the guitarist has performed with the Zagreb Soloists and the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and with Symphony Orchestra of the Croatian Radio and Television, as well as having been featured in three television documentaries by the eminent Croatian film director Petar Krelja.

Ana Vidovic comes from the small town of Karlovac near Zagreb, Croatia, and started playing guitar at the age of 5, and by 7 had given her first public performance. At the age of 11 she was performing internationally, and at 13 became the youngest student to attend the prestigious National Musical Academy in Zagreb where she studied with Professor Istvan Romer. Ana’s reputation in Europe led to an invitation to study with Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Conservatory where she graduated in 2005.

In addition to her many CDs, Ana’s performance DVDs, “Guitar Artistry in Concert,” featuring the music of Torroba, Piazzolla and Barrios, and “Guitar Virtuoso,” featuring Bach, Paganini and Walton, have been released on Mel Bay Publications.

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Pre-Concert Talk will be given by: Dr. Matt Dunlap

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Dr. Dunlap has been on the faculty of Andrew College, Florida State University, Troy State University, Carver Elementary Arts Magnet School, and Loudoun County Public Schools in northern Virginia.

Tickets: MarlowGuitar.org
See you there!

Pre-Concert Speaker: Dr. Matt Dunlap

— Dr. Dunlap will be the speaker for the Pre-Concert Talk before Ana Vidovic’s performance, January 20, 2018. —

Dunlap Head shot 2017_BW_sm Dr. Matthew Dunlap began playing the guitar at the age of ten. He completed his BM in guitar performance at Kennesaw State University, MM in guitar performance at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and a DM in guitar performance at Florida State University where he was a Teaching Assistant to Bruce Holzman from 2003-2005.

During the summers of 2004 and 2005, he studied at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana with world renowned guitar pedagogue, Oscar Ghiglia.

He has received numerous awards including 1st prize in the graduate division of the 2000 Atlanta Music Club Scholarship, Peabody Merit Scholarship in 2000, 1st prize in the 2003 Florida MTNA Wurlitzer Collegiate Artist Competition, a Top Prize at the 2003 Columbus Guitar Symposium, and in October of 2004 he received the Promising Artist of the 21st Century Award from Florida State University. He has performed concerts and conducted masterclasses in Italy, Costa Rica, Canada and numerous venues in the US.

Dr. Dunlap has been on the faculty of Andrew College, Florida State University,
Troy State University, Carver Elementary Arts Magnet School, and Loudoun County
Public Schools in northern Virginia. His duties have included teaching class guitar, guitar
ensemble, guitar literature, and applied lessons. He has received multiple awards for
teaching and leadership through his tenure as an educator including being a finalist for
teacher of the year, recipient of the Loudoun County Excellence in Education Award, the
Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction, and the Tuscarora High School Diamond award for
Excellence.

Dr. Dunlap has been the director of the Tuscarora Guitar Program since it was
established in 2010. His students have participated in workshops and masterclasses with
the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Canadian Guitar Quartet, Ana Vidovic, Marco Tamayo,
Julian Gray, Leo Welch, and Jason Vieaux.

In the Spring of 2014 they were featured in the Yale University Guitar Extravaganza and the Peabody Preparatory Fret Festival. The following school year they performed with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet at the Washington College Guitar Festival.