19th–20th November 2016
Declan Zapala, Guitar Multiverse
As seen on BBC Four television and winner of the 2015 Adelaide Fringe Weekly Award for Best Music Show, Declan Zapala returns to the Stoke Newington Guitar Festival after a triumphant first performance in 2014. Featuring a self-produced audiovisual performance of Steve Reich's 12-guitar part masterpiece Electric Counterpoint, as well as African influenced music by Gary Ryan and Declan's own stunning folk inspired percussive guitar pieces.
Sunday November 20th, 7.30PM
£10 Early Bird / £15 General Admission
Stoke Newington Guitar Festival is proud to welcome Laura Snowden, one of the UK's outstanding young guitar talents. Handpicked by Julian Bream to give a recital at the Wigmore Hall in 2015, Laura is a winner of the Tillett Trust, St Johns Smith Square, International Guitar Foundation and Making Music young artist schemes. Performances have included Buxton Festival, Kings Place, BBC Radio 3 (live), and Shakespeares Globe with Tir Eolas at the invitation of guitarist John Williams. Her compositions have been commissioned by London Guitar Festival and Deal Festival, and premiered at Sadlers Wells.; her song Live Free was performed at over three hundred simultaneous concerts in over sixty countries.
Saturday November 19th, 7.30pm
£10 Early Bird / £15 General Admission
Gina Fergione & Francesco Mariani, Spanish Music for Voice & Guitar
Mezzo-Soprano Gina Fergione and Guitarist Francesco Mariani have a shared love of the music of Spain and in this recital present rarely performed masterpieces for voice & guitar by Federico Garcia Lorca & Manuel De Falla.
García Lorca may be best known for his literary achievements, yet few great poets and playwrights have been involved in music to the extent that he was. Reported to have hummed tunes before he could talk, he received early musical training; by the age of eleven he was studying piano in Granada with Antonio Segura and Francisco Benítez. Pedro Revuelta, in his article Lorca and Music somehow assigned the precise figure of 87% to his life activities revolving around music.
Lorca collected and arranged many Spanish folk songs, particularly from his native Andalusian region in the south, perhaps tinkering with their words himself. His moving performances of them, sometimes singing and accompanying himself on piano or guitar, became well known to millions of Spaniards before he was shot in the early days of the Spanish Civil War, apparently by supporters of Franco. Fortunately in 1931 he made five records of his arrangements, sung by La Argentinita and accompanied by himself on the piano; these have been transcribed and performed countless times since.
Siete canciones populares españolas ("Seven Spanish Folksongs") is a 1914 set of traditional Spanish songs arranged for soprano and piano by the composer Manuel de Falla. Besides being Falla's most-arranged composition and one of his most popular, it is one of the most frequently performed sets of Spanish-language art songs. The set was dedicated to Madame Ida Godebska. The styles and provenance of the songs are strikingly diverse. An asturiana is from Asturias, in the north; the seguidilla, a type of flamenco, from Murcia, in the southeast. "Nana" is a lullaby, but "Polo" a wild desire for revenge on an unfaithful lover. All the texts deal with love and the courting process, whether playfully, seriously, or tragically.
Saturday November 19th, 1.00pm
£6 Early Bird / £8 General Admission
Guitarists of the Purcell School for Young Musicians
Stoke Newington Guitar Festival welcomes Guitarists of the Purcell School, present and past. Featuring the talents of young guitarists Ned Moss, Owen Bunting & Billy Watman.
The Purcell School for Young Musicians is the UKs oldest specialist music school. The school was awarded the UNESCO Mozart Medal in 2003, which was received on behalf of the school by Prince Charles, who is a patron of the school. Sir Simon Rattle is the honorary president of the school.