Colombian music during quarantine times…

Quarantine has been an uncertain period, but it has also been maybe the gap we needed to encounter with ourselves and to see things in a different way. It has also been a good time for perhaps, catching up with those books readings and to update in the learning or re-learning of the music that has been there on our shelves waiting to be re-discovered.

Indeed it has been the case for Francisco Gonzalez, Colombian Suite No. 1 that I performed around twelve years ago, last time in Canada. This time I made a homemade record for the National Museo of Colombia.

Here are then, Bambuqueando and pasillo Canela.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHOqZixUgqQ

My new video at Strings By Mail on quarantine times..

IRENE GÓMEZ (FROM IRENE FILES. BOLIVIA, 2017)

During the last years I have had the great opportunity to introduce some of my videos through the great American company for musicians Strings By Mail. We released together videos with the music from Bach until Colombian tunes such as Cacao by J.C. Guio. Also to release videos with the music of Albéniz, Pedro Sarmiento and Scott Ouellette has been thrilling and rewarding. Additionally, I have presented some pedagogical videos and writings on history of the guitar and music in general among others.

Now that we are living the effects of the unexpected virus, not only financial aspects of life can be suffering, but also other aspects such as the emotional one. For this, nothing is better than art and music to enhance somehow the spirit with some hope. Hope remind us that we can overcome many things (better if we feel that superior mind or energy that support us in different circumstances in our lives), and more fortunate if we have access to art and culture. The human history has proven how the art has been an exit to overcome difficulties.

Thinking of this, I thought it would be a good idea to send a special message to SBM followers along with a home video as many artists are doing in these times.

Here is the result of this, a video made one afternoon at my place with a recently learned version of “Here, there and everywhere” (Beatles-Takemitsu arrangement).

I hope you enjoy the version of this song and I hope that we will get through the circumstances we are going through adding myself to the, I know, internal wish of everyone that at the end we will be stronger and better human beings.

The music of Amos Coulanges

IRENE GOMEZ AFTER RECORDING SE SYA BY AMOS COULANGES DEC. 2019.BOGOTA,COL.

It was in my first years in Paris as a student when I first got aware of the music by Haitian composer Amos Coulanges.

This was thanks to a friend of mine from Canada married to a talented painter who lived in Paris. She was a big fan of Amos and she introduced me to his great musical art.

The universal Caribean genious Leo Brouwer, said about the music by Amos Coulanges: The music of Amos Coulanges is truly representative of his Haitian culture: fresh as a landscape, direct as the trait of the “Creole” youth but at the same time equally complex…How can you combien so many diverse things into one?This can only be done in our Caribbean Islands. Thus the music of Amos Coulanges.

I have the opportunity to record “Variations apres “Adieu Foulard” and his hommage to Franz Casseus “Nan Fon Bwa” (both appeared in the CD Deep in the wood”).

Recently his music has been edited by Productions D’Oz.

And here is a little taste of his music: Se Sya, by Amos Coulanges, released on the channel of Siccas Guitars. Enjoy !

Wish you a peaceful and happy new year 2020 full of rewarding experiences!

Dear Friends
2019 was a special year  where different goals have  been set. One of these was to work on the music of great Haitian  composer Amos Coulanges.

Another  project  I have been working on and that I hope to bring to fruition this year is the recording of a new Cd with the  music by fellow contemporary Colombian composers. Some of the pieces have been dedicated to me which I consider an special honor for me to perform.
There are many other projects in the making but for the moment and beginning this new year I want to leave you with a taste of the music by Amos Coulanges

Please stay tuned for  updates on all these projects! And may this year be a beautiful one for each and every one of you.

Thanks you always for your support!

Yours in music, Irene
PD. Don’t forget to visit my newly updated website:
www.irenegomez.com

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Concert in Madrid at Contreras House

What a great opportunity I had to perform in such a special place for me such as Contreras Guitar House from which I have been part playing a beloved Contreras for around 25 years!!

 

Irene performed at “Allegro Colombia”

Cantique de Noel (Adolphe Adam) another piece performed today at the Chidren’s Hospital for ‘Allegro Colombia’

Today was a special day visiting the Heart Children Hospital to play some Christmas music as part of the community program that Allegro Colombia develops in hospital centers in Bogota, Colombia. Here, I got this excerpt of the beautiful J.S. Bach ‘Jesu, Joy of man’s desiring’…

Watch my new video:  Video No. 1
Watch my new video: Video No. 2

Irene Gómez Classical Guitarist