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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
- Sold Out - 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
Tickets: $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.
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.
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
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.