Friday, November 13, 2015

photo: front: Nick Hart, Adrien Bouissou, Sador Rangel, Leo Plummer. Back: Jonathan Hernandez, Evan Dowadakin, Andrew Heavelin.

Guitar With A French Accent 

From “Claire de Lune” to Ravel, HSU Guitar Ensemble plays with a French accent—including homegrown music in the same spirit—in its concert on Friday November 13 at Fulkerson Recital Hall. 

 Guitarists Andrew Heavelin and Leo Plummer perform the classic Debussy “Claire de Lune,” as the first of four selections by 20th century French composers.

 Heavelin and Plummer are joined by Kenneth Bozanich and Adrien Bouissou for Maurice Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princess. Francis Poulenc’s “Mouvements Perp├ętuels” is played by Sador Rangel and Nick Hart. 

 “Paraboles” by French composer Jacques Ibert “is a decidedly Spanish piece,” said Guitar Ensemble director Nicholas Lambson. Hart and Jon Hernandez perform part of this work. 

 Besides also being captivated by Spanish music, Debussy and Ravel were especially influenced by the Impressionist painters (like Monet) and French symbolist poets (like Rimbaud.)  So was the Russian composer Alexander Scribian. Bozanich, Rangel and Evan Dodakin perform two of his Twelve Preludes.

 The concert also features “The Jester,” a piece for four guitars and bass by HSU guitar and composition student Kenneth Bozanich. “It includes some of the same stylistic elements as the other pieces on the program, with extended jazzy harmonies,” Lambson said. It’s performed by the composer plus Plummer, Heavelin and Bouissou.

 The HSU Guitar Ensemble performs on Friday November 13 at 8 p.m. in Fulkerson Recital Hall on the HSU campus. Tickets are $8, $5 seniors and children, free to HSU students with ID, from HSU Box Office (826-3928) or at the door. Produced by HSU Music department.

Media: Eureka Times-Standard Urge, North Coast Journal, Mad River Union, Humboldt State Now

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