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School of Music
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

School of Music
Mason Hall
The State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
Ph: (716) 673-3151
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (LAGQ)

Grammy-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet bring their unique infusion of music, from Bach to Bluegrass to Rosch Recital Hall. 

In Concert with the Fredonia Guitar Ensemble
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Walk-up ticket waiting list opens at 7pm in the Rosch Recital Hall Lobby for any seats that may become available.

Friday, April 4, 2014
at 8pm, Rosch Recital Hall

$30 ($12 Students with ID)

Reserved seating and post-concert reception
with the artists.

Master Class
Thursday, April 3, 2014
5-7pm, Rosch Recital Hall

Free, no tickets required.

This master class will present newly composed student compositions, performed by School of Music students, for coaching and critical review by the members of the LAGQ.

Thirty-three years young in 2013-14, the Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet is one of the most multifaceted groups in any genre.  Enthusiastically referred to by the Los Angeles Times as "The world's hottest classical ensemble or its tightest pop band," the LAGQ is comprised of four uniquely accomplished musicians: John Dearman, Matthew Greif, William Kanengiser, and Scott Tennant.  Bringing a new energy to the concert stage with programs ranging from Bluegrass to Bach, they consistently play to sold out houses worldwide. Their inventive, critically acclaimed transcriptions of concert masterworks provide a fresh look at the music of the past, while their interpretations of works from the contemporary and world music realms continually break new ground. Programs including Latin, African, Far East, Irish, Folk and American Classics transport listeners around the world in a single concert experience.

Listen to an interview with WNED's Peter Hall with founding LAGQ member Bill Kanengiser on the inspiration for the quartet's unique sound. >>

Fredonia Guitar Ensemble

Their appearance at Fredonia will include a special joint performance with the Fredonia Guitar Ensemble, a student ensemble led by James Piorkowski.  The groups will perform 'SHIKI: Seasons of Japan,"  written specifically for the LAGQ plus guitar orchestra by Japanese composer Shingo Fujii, a powerful and moving work that is connecting communities across the nation.

Winner of a 2005 Grammy Award, their "Guitar Heroes" CD released on Telarc is a brilliant follow-up to their Grammy nominated "LAGQ Latin."  "Spin" (Telarc, Spring 2006) continues their explorations of jazz and contemporary music. "LAGQ Brazil" (2007), including collaborations with vocalist Luciana Souza, was released to rave reviews, and their newest recording of the Rodrigo "Concierto Andaluz" and Sergio Assad's "Interchange," written specifically for them, was released on Telarc in Spring 2010, and quickly climbed to top spot on the Billboard charts.

LAGQ performs Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. (YouTube)

About the artists

Originally from Minneapolis, John Dearman is a versatile guitarist whose repertoire ranges from samba to bluegrass, and from flamenco to classical. He enriches the sound of the LAGQ by performing on a unique seven-string guitar with extended upper and lower registers. John is currently director of the Guitar Chamber Music program at California State University, Northridge, in Los Angeles.

Matthew Greif is the newest member of the Quartet. In addition to being a classical guitarist, he has an extensive background playing in other styles, such as jazz, rock, flamenco, and bluegrass. Matthew's recordings include Permanent Transition, which features duo improvisations with Andrew York and Dusan Bogdanovic. Matthew was named Outstanding Graduate of the U.S.C. guitar department, where he studied with William Kanengiser, James Smith, and Scott Tennant. He also studied jazz with Joe Diorio and Frank Potenza. Matthew currently teaches classical and jazz guitar at California State University, Dominguez Hills, in the Los Angeles area.

Acclaimed soloist, recording artist and professor at the USC Thornton School of Music, William Kanengiser is one of the few guitarists to have won the Concert Artists Guild New York Competition. His solo recordings on the GSP label display his unique approach to programming, ranging from the music of the Old World to the Caribbean to his latest disc Classical Cool, an exploration of jazz currents for classical guitar. He has earned critical acclaim for his imaginative arrangements for solo guitar and guitar quartet, and for producing two instructional videos for Hot Licks. Kanengiser may be best known as the classical guitarist in the 1986 film Crossroads.

Celebrated as a world-class performer, author and teacher, Detroit-born Scott Tennant has been concertizing since the age of twelve. Much in demand as a solo artist, Scott has recorded for Delos International and is currently completing a recording project of the complete solo guitar works of Joaquin Rodrigo for GHA, Belgium. He is the author of the best-selling book and video "Pumping Nylon," a technical handbook for the classical guitarist, and the five-part series Scott Tennant's "Basic Classical Guitar Method." He has taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and is now on the faculty at the USC Thornton School of Music. 

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