07 March 2010

Jeff Rodriguez

Combined with his career as a concert recitalist in possession of an extensive musical repertoire spanning five centuries from the Renaissance through to the 20th century, Jeff also enjoys the reputation of being a fine flamenco and jazz guitarist making him without doubt one of the most versatile guitarists in the UK.

Aside from his solo activity, Jeff performs in a variety of ensemble settings from guitar with voice/violin to various guitar duos/trios. As a flamenco guitarist, he regularly performs with Steve Homes in the DeCasas Duo/Trio and has many original flamenco compositions to his name. He is also very interested in early music and plays vihuela de mano.

Jeff has recorded two CDs to date. His first, “20th Century Guitar” (2005) was received to high acclaim and features some of the finest repertoire of the 20th century. His second solo release ´Iberian & Latin American Guitar Music´ was released in 2008. Future recordings soon to be released include a CD of Jeff’s original flamenco compositions and one of 16th century Spanish music performed on the vihuela.

Born in Canada to Portuguese parents, Jeff Rodrigues studied guitar with renowned guitarists Norbert Kraft and Jeff McFadden and received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto. He studied jazz and flamenco guitar with Rob Bulger and Pepe Haro and also holds an FRSM in Performance. Upon completing his studies, Jeff moved to Europe and has been based in the London since 1998. As well as giving recitals throughout the UK, Jeff has also performed in Canada, Portugal, Spain and Italy.

Tonight's programme:

Two Mazurkas - FRANCISCO TARREGA / Three Etudes - H. VILLA LOBOS / Ciacona BWV 1004 - J.S. BACH (the famous Chaconne in Dm arranged from the original violin) / Reverie Op.9 - GIULIO REGONDI / Homanaje a Toulouse-Lautrec - E. SAINZ DE LA MAZA / Fandanguillo & Sevillana - JOAQUIN TURINA