Artistic Director Slava Grigoryan has a few more surprises in store for guitar fans this July.
Artistic Director Slava Grigoryan today announced the full line up for the 2014 Adelaide International Guitar Festival.
For fans of flamenco, this year's festival will kick off with the José Antonio Rodríguez Trio in a dynamic celebration of traditional Spanish music and supported by local Flamenco company Areti. Rodríguez, a popular fixture at the Córdoba Guitar Festival, is a composer and performer of international renown who won his first flamenco prize aged 17.
Equally exciting is the closing event which will feature the inaugural Adelaide Guitar Festival Orchestra, made up of 50 school children from across South Australia. Handpicked by Grigoryan and Brisbane-based guitar ensemble specialist Paul Svoboda, orchestra members are aged nine to 18, and will be joined by 25 young players from Svoboda’s Brisbane-based Aurora Guitar Ensemble. Both Slava and Leonard Grigoryan will perform solos with the 75-strong ensemble.
Directing his third Festival, Grigoryan said that “by visiting SA schools, from Victor Harbour to Elizabeth, Kensington and beyond, I have been able to experience the grass roots of South Australian guitar talent. To be a part of the musical journey of these amazing local kids and to encourage and work with them has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my job as artistic director. With the help of SA guitar teachers we have been able to discover the most passionate, talented kids and to hear them perform as part of our closing night performance will be a career highlight for me.”
The Festival Orchestra will also support The Stochelo Rosenberg Trio, led by legendary Dutch gypsy guitarist Stochelo Rosenberg with French guitarist Sebastien Giniaux and German double bassist Joel Locher.
The much-loved Coopers Late Night Sessions will also be making a return, transforming the Space Theatre into a cool, late-night club scene. Get set for a wild opening night when three shredders take to the stage – local lad Cam Blokland, Sydney’s Simon Hosford and multi-instrumentalist Marcel Yammouni, Blues veterans and good mates Chris Finnen and Phil Manning will put on a blues night to remember and the jazz component of the Sessions features Adelaide’s James Muller, Sydney’s Ben Hauptmann and innovative bass player Christopher Hale with vocalist Gian Slater and drummer Ben Vanderwal.
While music is the focus of the festival, a Meet the Maker program will offer audiences the opportunity to gain insight into the practice of Australia’s top guitar luthiers in crafting an instrument. Workshops, master-classes and even an GuitarARt competition, where 18-30 year olds show off their creative sides by transforming a guitar into a work of art, will also feature.
In what promises to be the major gala event of the Festival, the Australian String Quartet will be performing on the Festival Theatre stage, accompanied by Slava Grigoryan, Pepe Romero and Argentina’s contemporary tango experts, the Máximo Pujol Trio. The festival will culminate in the International Classic Guitar Competition, where a winner will be selected from a competitive list of entrants from around the globe.
The Adelaide International Guitar Festival runs July 17-20. To find out more, visit the festival website.