“La gota fria” is a Colombian very famous song from the coast of this country, It was written by Emiliano Zuleta in 1938 and became like an anthem for Colombian people. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SURvU68xhgA Listen the arrangement made by fellow Colombian composer arranger and guitarist Rafael Campo Vives.
One of the projects in which I have been involved in the last years is to promote and perform new music written by Colombian composers. I have recently the opportunity to work on the piece by Carlos Lora “El retrato de Cecil”. I was very thrilled to learn this piece that Carlos composed inspired in his beloved mother, Cecil and he kindly dedicated to me. I hope you like this beautiful piece added to the new Colombian guitar repertoire!
Yesterday is like a hymn of our times. It was recorded in London on June 15th 1965. One of the features that made this song such an everlasting success is, that besides the beatiful melody, it includes a string quartet, a fact rarely seen in a long play of popular music. I have really enjoyed learn this fantastic arrangement of inconmensurable Toru Takemitsu. I hope you enjoy too the version I made from my home some weeks ago.
Even though the Spanish composer Isaac Aléniz (1860-1909) has not actually written for guitar, his music has been strongly inspired by the rich sounds of this instrument. Indeed, the arpegios that appear in his work Granada from Suite Española Op. 47 remind the typical playing of the guitar. Thus, the guitar transcription is very idiomatic seeming very natural and original for the instrument.
Gracias a la invitación del Taller de Tardes Literarias y Artísticas organizado por mi amiga residente en New York Marcela Coello, grabé el famoso y hermoso tango “El Dia que me quieras”. Esta obra universal ha sido arreglada para guitarra por Anibal Arias. Escucha mi versión hecha en casa en tiempos de pandemia…
For the Month of Hispanic Heritage my friend Marcela Coello a resident of the New York area, invited me for her “Literary and Artistic evenings”. I played from the classic tango “El dia que me quieras” by Carlos Gardel. I hope you listen and enjoy this “homemade” version!
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.
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.
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 !
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
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