02 June 2019

Johan Lofving


Since being a prize winner in the prestigious London International Guitar Competition, Johan Löfving has established himself as a truly exciting musician of a new generation with a particular passion for the music of the eighteenth and early- nineteenth centuries. His performances have taken him to some of the finest concert halls such as Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, The Sage Gateshead, Wiener Saal Salzburg and MuTh- Konzertsaal der Wiener Sängerknaben in Vienna.

Additionally, he has appeared in major festivals including Spitalfields, King’s Lynn, Stratford-on-Avon, Brighton Early Music Festival, Cambridge Summer Music Festival, Bath Guitar Festival, Saxå Chamber Music Festival, Styriarte Festival Graz and Carinthischer Sommer in Villach, Austria.

In 2011 Johan was awarded the First Prize in the Young Talent Concert at the Uppsala Guitar Festival in Sweden and the performance was recorded and broadcast later by the Swedish Radio P2. The following year he was awarded the Jörgen Rörby Prize and the audience prize from the Swedish Guitar and Lute Society.

Apart from his long term work with Flauguissimo Duo and Improviso, he has worked with some of the finest musicians, such as Barokksolistene, baritone Thomas Guthrie, tenor Rob Murray as well as pianist David Owen Norris, who invited him to take part in the ‘Playlist Series’ on BBC Radio 4. His passion for new music has resulted in several world premieres of both solo and chamber works, notably by the highly acclaimed British composer and guitarist Sam Cave.

Johan graduated with First Class Honours from the Royal College of Music in London, where he studied guitar with Gary Ryan, theorbo with Jakob Lindberg and conducting with Natalia Luis-Bassa. At RCM he was awarded both the Guitar Prize and the Hilda Anderson Dean Prize. Subsequently, he completed his studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Professors Robert Wolff and Hans Brüderl and was awarded a scholarship from the Swedish Royal Academy of Music.

Programme

D. Aguado (1784-1849)
Fandango Variado Op. 16

N. Coste (1805-1883)
Les soirées d'Auteuil, Op.23

M. Giuliani (1781-1829)
Adagio con grand espressione
(from Sonata Op. 15)

G. Regondi (1822-1872)
Introduction et Caprice Op. 23

Interval

J. Turina (1882-1949)
Homenaje a Tárrega Op. 69

Two Tangos:

A. Piazzolla (1921-1992)
Verano Porteño

R. Dyens (1955-2016)
Tango en Skaï

M. Ponce (1882-1948)
Andante espressivo
(From Sonata Romántica)

A. Ginastera (1916-1983)
Sonata Op. 47


Instruments

First half:  Romantic Guitar, Tribout from 1850

Second half: Classical Guitar by Yngvar Thomassen 2001

03 March 2019

Dan Evans

 



‘world renowned British dulcimer player, guitarist and composer’
the Divine Art Recordings Group

Over three decades Dan Evans has built a niche career as a world-class exponent on both the mountain dulcimer and acoustic guitar.  He accompanies his fine baritone voice with beautiful and original dulcimer and guitar music.  With five CD albums released to critical international acclaim and eighteen international tours undertaken to date, Dan has won the hearts of audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.

Last year saw Dan perform at Nashville’s prestigious Turner Hall and his latest album Au Vieux Moulin has all but sold out in just three years.  For this, his thirteenth visit to Ealing Guitar Society, Dan will bring new instruments, new tech and new music.

‘a highly individual and stylish guitarist, your performance was very enthusiastically received and attracted a good-sized audience.’  
The Barbican Arts Centre, London

Programme

Dance Of The Falling Leaves ~ an original dulcimer piece on the theme of nature
If I Were A Carpenter ~ a pretty little American folk song with dulcimer accompaniment and a chorus
New Lang Syne ~ an original dulcimer piece inspired by the old Scottish new year’s song
Le Ruisseau Du Moulin ~ an original and minimalist dulcimer piece inspired by nature and the title track of Dan’s latest album
Let It Be Me ~ the famous Everly Brothers’ Song accompanied on electric dulcimer
The Water Is Wide ~ the popular Scottish folk melody in several arrangements on electric dulcimer with a variety of electronic effects
The Errand Boy ~ an original and medieval-sounding folk song with guitar accompaniment in Open C tuning with some spooky electronic effects
She Moves Through The Fair ~ an old Irish air played with a contemporary twist  on guitar in open C tuning
One Star & Unicorns ~ the late Bill Caddick’s beautiful song about the vulnerability of the environment with guitar accompaniment ~ preceded by a an original prelude

Interval

Song For Loretta ~ an original instrumental requiem played on electric dulcimer 
The Streets Of London & Paved In Gold ~ Ralph McTell’s classic song about the homeless with a chorus ~ followed by an original piece on electric dulcimer
Rosemary’s Sister ~ a touching song about a girl lost during the blitz of London with chorus
April Day ~ an original dulcimer piece on the theme of nature ~ spring is in the air 
Bullet Train ~ an original and challenging dulcimer instrumental about a modern Japanese train passing through medieval villages with interesting electronic effects
Fast Train To Istanbul ~ an exciting guitar instrumental with sweeping electronic effects     
The Wild Mountain Thyme ~ a popular and classic folk song with a chorus
The Garden Waltz ~ an original guitar duet played on a single guitar using sampling.

02 December 2018

Local Talent Night!

Tonight's Xmas concert will be shared by eight local guitarists.

Bring some mince pies and drinks to share!

                                    PROGRAMME.


Shane Joseph 
1. Etude No 1 - Villa Lobos
2. Sugarloaf Mountain- Gary Ryan
3. L’utimo Caffe Insieme - Simone Iannarelli
4. Blackbird - Lennon/McCartney


Mike Fox & Ian Stone
Blessed Relief by Frank Zappa
Killer Joe by Benny Golson
Footprints by Wayne Shorter
Black Napkins by Frank Zappa


Petros Andreou
Sarabande and Double by Bach from the Partita 1 BWV 1002
3 Sonatas by Scarlatti
K 322
K 333
K 380

                                   INTERVAL

Richard Clarke
Sonata in E minor                   Domenico Scarlatti
Andantino Opus 2 No. 3         Fernando Sor
Danza Paraguaya                    Augustin Barrios
Prelude No. 4                          Heitor Villa Lobos                     
Theme from ‘Star Trek’           Alexander Courage


John Newman
2 minuets, A maj, D maj.  F. Sor
Julia Florida,  Barrios.
Zaffra  from Castles of Spain, F. Torroba.


Rob & Molly Frost
Take It Easy & Tequila Sunrise - the Eagles
Last Thing on My Mind - Tom Paxton

07 October 2018

Davide Sciacca - A Guitar at the Opera



Davide Sciacca - A Guitar at the Opera


Davide Sciacca obtained a Diploma with Honours in Guitar from the IMVB in Catania in 2008, followed by a Master Degree in Music and Guitar Teaching in 2010. He then went on to achieve a further Master Degree with honours in Musical Disciplines and Guitar Interpretation and Composition in 2012, including a thesis on the French composer Napolean Coste’s opera for Oboe and Guitar.

In 2013 Davide was awarded a Masters in New Technology for Music from the same institution, as well, in 2015,  as an additional Master Degree in Chamber Music from the Conservatoire Bellini in Palermo. In 2016 he obtained a Master in Contemporary Music from the Conservatoire Santa Cecilia in Rome, studying with the extremely talented musician Arturo Tallini.

Davide won more than fifty 1st prizes in international musical competitions including Amigdala,  Magna Grecia, Benedetto Albanese, A gi Mus and AMA Calabria.  He also earned special prizes for his appearances at the international course Citta di Palermo, the Premio Lillina Condemi Prize 2014 and Ierna Prize 2010. Over the years composers Andrea Amici, Laurent Boutros, Roberto Cipollina, Francesco Santucci, Domenico Scaminante, Andrea Schiavo, Joe Schittino and Giuseppe Torrisi have dedicated original compositions to him. He has also been a judge for important national and  international guitar and chamber music competitions.

Davide’s performances have included his solo guitar concerts as well as appearances with chamber music groups, and as a soloist with orchestras in a variety of venues including theatres, cultural centres, universities and churches and cathedrals. He has also performed at the Tuscia International Guitar Festival and with the Ersu Orchestra from his home town of Catania. He regularly lectures at universities in the UK and Italy.

From 2014 Davide Sciacca toured England, Scotland and Wales as both a soloist and as part of the Ten Strings Duo with violinist Marianatalia Ruscica, playing at prestigious venues.

In the years 2016 and 2017 he performed in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, HRH The Prince of Wales, HRH The Duke and The Duchess of Cambridge and other members of the Royal Family.

In 2018 Davide debuted in the United States performing for Culture Connection in New York City.

He has collaborated with actors and directors such as Michele Placido and Guia Jelo.

Davide’s repertoire isn’t confined to classical music, and he has appeared with rock and pop musicians at festivals and events including Sanremo Rock, Star Sprint, Time Tour and Girofestival, as well as working as session musician.

His media appearances include work for Sky, Made in Liverpool Tv, Tele D, Rei TV, Globus Television, and BBC Radio Merseyside.

Davide currently teaches Guitar and Tablature for Lute as part of the academic courses at IMVB in Caltanissetta, Guitar at IMPV in Caltagirone and he also teaches guitar in A. Musco high school in Catania, Sicily.
                                                                Programme
                                Michele Paturzo – Cavatina “Casta Diva che Inargenti”
                                                     from “Norma” by Vincenzo Bellini

Johann Kaspar Mertz - Fantasy on the “Sonnambula” op.35

Mauro Giuliani – Theme with Variations on the Aria “Tu vedrai la sventurata”
from “Il Pirata” by Vincenzo Bellini

Mauro Giuliani – Rossiniana n.5 op.123

Interval

Arling Shaeffer - Intermezzo from “Cavalleria Rusticana” by Pietro Mascagni

Fernando Sor - Introduction and Variations on a Theme by Mozart op.9

Sicilian Traditional - Mi votu e mi Rivotu (arr. Giuseppe Torrisi)

Napoleon Coste – Fantasy for guitar on the “Norma” by Vincenzo Bellini

Roberto Beccuti - Valzer “Il Siciliano” (1969)